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Winter vegetable drinks

Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown find inspiration in an array of winter fruit and veg as they get creative with their festive drinks line-up

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In season this season: autumn ingredients

Don't lament the loss of summer, embrace autumn’s abundance, says Hamish Smith

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How to make damson drinks

Damsons are right in season. Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown show how to employ the plum sub-species in liquid and solid form

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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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Diageo announces World Class return

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

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Bacardi Legacy returns after pandemic break

Bacardi Legacy will take place in June, the rum company has announced.

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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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Video: How to make a Margarita

Tristan Stephenson, Class writer and author of the Curious Bartender books, showcases three ways to make the famous tequila classic, the Margarita.  

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Garden to glass: Elderflower wine

Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown have some suggestions for making more of the elderflower season.

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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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Q&A: New UKBG president Claudia Carrozzi on revolutionary change

Claudia Carrozzi, new president of the UKBG speaks to CLASS about her ideas for transforming the Guild.

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How to use chilli in drinks

Ingredients guru Pritesh Mody from World of Zing, reveals the complexity behind the ingredients you think you know

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Ramos Gin Fizz - do it right, or not at all

Jane Ryan explores the roots of a much-copied classic, the shake of which is subject to much debate.

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Rod Eslamieh on the lockdown gains that funded a new venue

The pandemic was catastrophic for the hospitality industry, but between the cracks, there have been pockets of success. London Bridge’s Chapter 72 was one such triumph, enabling husband-and-wife owners Rod and Ellie Eslamieh to launch a second venue next week. Hamish Smith speaks to Rod Eslamieh about how it all happened. 

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Stayin' alive: why Disco Drinks must live on

The drink that turns you on to cocktails is not easily forgotten, nor should it be, says Gonzo's Mike Baxter. 

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The history of ice

The use of ice in drinks has a long but not always illustrious history. Charles MacLean takes a trip through the archives to find out how commercial ice got where it is today.

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How to use salt in drinks

Ingredients guru, Pritesh Mody of World of Zing, explains how to best use salt in cocktails

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Knowing your lemons

Hamish Smith gets under the skin of the bartender's favourite citrus fruit

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The reappearance of Chris Moore

A leading light of London’s bar scene, in a puff Chris Moore disappeared. Hamish Smith finds him in plain sight.

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These are the wild winter edibles waiting to be foraged

Winter is not the barren landscape you might think - here just some of the edible wild plants growing in Britain this season that could make their way into your repertoire. 

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Video: How to make a Mint Julep

Tristan Stephenson, Class writer and author of the Curious Bartender books, explains the history around the Mint Julep and gives us tips on how - and how not - to make one

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Video: How to make a Coffee Cocktail

Tristan Stephenson, Class writer and author of the Curious Bartender books, showcases the port and cognac drink, the Coffee Cocktail. Spoiler: this classic doesn't use coffee. 

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The bartender's staycation: your guide to Leeds

When things start to return to normal, why not visit that UK cocktail scene you’d always meant to? The Watermark’s Dariush Haghighi writes our guide to Leeds

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Video: How to make a Treacle

Tristan Stephenson, Class writer and author of the Curious Bartender book series, shows us how to make a Treacle from ingredients in your home.

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Dre Masso returns to London with new bar The Last Talisman

Bartending globetrotter Dre Masso is back. Back with a bar, he tells Hamish Smith

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The Rusty Nail - why the 70s classic just makes sense

Jane Ryan hammers home the delights of this simple combination of scotch and Drambuie