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Zdenek Kastanek on ridding the world of single-use spirits packaging

A spirits distribution system that lowers waste and carbon emissions has been launched in the UK. Zdenek Kastanek speaks to Hamish Smith about Ecospirits and its war on single-use packaging.

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Bar review: Junior Jackson's

Does the idea of an American dive bar work outside of its homeland? Hamish Smith reviews Junior Jackson’s in Manchester

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Garden to glass: Rosehip drinks

One of winter's wonders, the rosehip is a versatile addition to any home kitchen and bar. Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown reveal some of their favourite uses for this flavoursome fruit.

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Sly Augustin on the ruin and resurrection of Trailer Happiness

Trailer Happiness was struck by a freak weather event this summer, just days before the pandemic restrictions ended. Sly Augustin talks to Hamish Smith about bad luck that is starting to turn good. 

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Golden oldie: the tale of the Champagne Cocktail

Jane Ryan hits the history books again to determine the origins of probably the oldest classic cocktail known to the world.

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Cherry picking flavour - how to think seasonally

Monica Berg looks at how to get the most out of seasonal ingredients by concentrating on flavour rather than locality.

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Smashing pumpkins: seasonal drinks in October

Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown share some suggestions for jumping on the pumpkin bandwagon to make the most of this perennial seasonal favourite.

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An interview with the American Bar's Shannon Tebay

The American Bar’s new head bartender is only the second woman – and the first American – to hold the post. Hamish Smith catches up with her ambitions for the historic site. 

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Bar review: Skylight Peckham

After an 18-month absence, Class' reviews are back. First up, Hamish Smith charts the rise - and democratisation - of the high-rise bar.

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Anna Sebastian on creating a new hospitality culture

Anna Sebastian was one of many to leave operations this year. She reflects on what needs to change, if not for the current generation of hospitality workers, for those of the future. 

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Garden to Glass: recipes for autumn berries and apples

Autumn’s bounty yields many opportunities to add new twists to old favourites. Anistatia Miller & Jared Brown are out in their garden among nature’s finest. 

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Artichokes, hazelnuts, walnuts...the best ingredients for Autumnal liqueurs

Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown make the most of an overabundance of nuts and artichokes with homemade versions of some classics.

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Could insects be the next new flavour frontier?

Professor Charles Spence thinks cocktail entomophagy could be a thing, if it means harnessing new flavours.

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Speed, consistency and profitability: the ever-strengthening case for draught cocktails

Draught cocktails are a great way to maximise speed and spend per head, says Sian Buchan, co- owner of Uno Mas in Edinburgh.

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Garden to Glass: making drinks with melon

Anistasia Miller and Jared Brown capture the sunshine flavours of melons with some innovative takes on this seasonal fruit favourite.

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Floreria Atlantico's Tato Giovannoni on his new London bar

Tato Giovannoni is one of South America’s most decorated bar operators. Hamish Smith caught up with the Florería Atlántico owner in London at the site of his new Soho bar, which opens July 26.

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Hacha to open its doors to Brixton and underprivileged communities

Aiming to ensure employment opportunities for underprivileged members of BAME communities, Hacha’s new Brixton outlet is a project with a social conscience, finds Hamish Smith

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The story of the Dark 'n Stormy

One of only a handful of trademarked cocktails, the Dark ’n Stormy has a long and rich history. Jane Ryan fills us in.

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Garden to Glass: Making drinks from leaves

Anistasia Miller and Jared Brown find rich pickings in the foliage of many plants around this time of year.

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Pandemic-era cocktails: how to boost the bottom line

The past year has felt like death by a thousand cuts for and his business partners, the on-trade. As bars were preparing to reopen – albeit with further restrictions – Laura Foster spoke to some of the industry’s savviest operators about how they’re planning to maximise their takings.

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London's pandemic bar openings

With our reveiw section on compassionate leave, CLASS rounds up the new and nearly-new bars opening and re-opening up this spring. 

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Phil Bayly & Julio Bermejo's tribute to Tomas Estes

What you know of tequila, of Mexican food and hospitality, is in some part down to the work and passion of the late Tomas Estes. Many in the industry saw him as a friend, but his partner in crime, Phil Bayly, knew him best. His tribute is followed by the words of another tequila legend, Julio Bermejo.

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Birth of a classic: the story behind the long-awaited Schofield’s Bar

Schofield's Bar was the world-famous venue that didn't exist - until now. Hamish Smith takes the two-hour train from London to Manchester to finally take up a seat at Joe and Daniel Schofield's much anticpated debut bar. 

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Lyndon 3 Pandemic 0

Hamish Smith talks to Lyndon Higginson about launching hospitality venues in the most inhospitable of climates. 

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In pictures: A bar With Shapes For A Name

A Bar With Shapes For A Name - the debut London venue from Remy Savage and Paul Lourgrat opens in May. Here's a first glimpse at the Bauhaus-inspired bar's decor. Read the full story here. 

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The extraordinary life and times of Tomas Estes

An amateur wrestler, school teacher, restauranteur,  tequila writer and pioneer, Tomas Estes lived a rich and varied life. Here is his life story, written by Hamish Smith, published in CLASS' sister title Drinks International in May 2017.

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Video: How to make a Mojito

Tristan Stephenson, Class writer and author of the Curious Bartender books, gives us his lowdown on the Mojito. An easy drink to mess up, he says. 

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Schofield’s Bar: the exclusive story of 2021’s biggest opening

Schofield’s Bar – the long and globally anticipated debut venue of bartender brothers Joe and Daniel Schofield - will open for service on Wednesday 14 April.

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“Homeboy on steroids” readies for release

The sequel to Ciarán Smith and Aaron Wall’s Homeboy will open in April, with the promise of the same modern take on Irish hospitality but a bigger – much bigger – venue.

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Diageo announces World Class return

Diageo has confirmed that its global bartender competition World Class will return in July.