Drinks news: October 2016

From chai white russians to turmeric tonic water to London's cocktail week, find out where and what olive booze pro Sarah Kingsbury has tipped to be drinking in October

wake up and smell the coffee

Aussies are known for their coffee, so it was only a matter of time before they stuck booze in it. Mr Black is a liqueur made using coffee from a blend of beans and roasting profiles that’s cold-extracted, resulting in a rounder mouthfeel without the addition of vanilla or sugar. Try it in our chai white russian. Buy it from Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Oddbins from £36.


cocktail of the month

Colder autumn months call for the warming spices of chai. We’ve used it to make a twist on a classic white russian to tap into the trend for coffee cocktails. As people have got more geeky about their coffee and small-batch roasts have become the norm, we’ve also seen classic espresso martinis make a comeback. This has sparked bartenders to start using coffee more widely in cocktails and this chai white russian is a great place to start at home. You’ll find our chai white Russian cocktail recipe here

hot new product

Bring a touch of glamour back to your dinner parties with this Luxe Round Bamboo trolley. With a mix of marble and burnished mirrored shelves and castor wheels, this is guaranteed to impress when you wheel it out. Stock with your favourite booze and some show-stopping glassware and you’re good to go. £395, oliverbonas.com.

just the tonic 

Turmeric is a hot trend this year. Key to many food cultures for centuries due to its anti-inflamatory properties, we’re finally catching on in the West and using it in all sorts of ways, including lattes, tonics and cocktails. Try it in the Morning Tonic at The Ivy, or the Modern Baker in Oxford and Filmore & Union in Yorkshire, or you can give it a go yourself with our turmeric and mango lassi recipe on olivemagazine.com.

make yours a rum

Dave Broom is a legend in the drinks industry, having written about spirits for the past 25 years, and his latest book – Rum: the manual – is a must-have for any drinks enthusiast. Rum will be big next year, particularly with the emerging trend for Tiki drinks (you heard it here first) and this book tells you everything you need to know, from history and production to which rum pairs best with coconut water.

If you can’t wait until 22 September, when this tome is published, for your rum fix, check out episode eight of the olive magazine podcast now. (£14.99, Mitchell Beazley).

where to be seen

London cleaned up at this year’s Spirited Awards picking up 8/10 international categories. Among them was Hawksmoor Spitalfields, winning Best International Restaurant Bar. Hawksmoor has always been known for its banging cocktails, and now its brought out a new menu with one side showcasing its most popular drinks over the decade since its inception, and the other championing the creativity of its charming staff.

Try A Strangeway of Drinking (Hepple gin, ‘red wine and coke’, and Branca Menta), Champagne Tap (a refreshing mix of champagne, coconut water, jasmine, tequila and Cocchi Torino vermouth), or go for the award-winning, nostalgia-inducing Old Fashioned Date Night (popcorn-washed rum, coke and date reduction, and chocolate). The food menu is equally good; snacks include shortrib nuggets and a chicken poutine we’ve been thinking about ever since we tried it. 

hot ticket!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year; London Cocktail Week is returning to the capital for the seventh year from 3-9 October. Get a wristband for a tenner and enjoy £5 cocktails across some of London’s best bars, exclusive events and pop-ups. drinkup.london

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