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La vie en rose

Warwick-based children’s charity Molly Ollys is celebrating its tenth anniversary with the launch of its very own pink gin. Working in partnership with Shakespeare Distillery, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, the charity has launched a bespoke, small batch craft gin with notes of raspberries, blackberries and Mediterranean citrus. Molly Ollys already had a successful range of products, […]

Shibden Valley Gin

If you watched Gentleman Jack, which aired on BBC1 on Sunday evenings, this striking manor house will be familiar. Shibden Hall, which dates back to 1420, was home to Anne Lister (1791-1840) whose controversial life was played out in series one and two. The hall was the home to several families for over 500 years before […]

Good as gold

Out of many entrants in the Pre-Mixed/RTD (ready-to-drink) category at the recent Global Spirits Business Autumn Tasting Masters Competition 2022, the panel of judges awarded Myatt’s Fields Cocktails the only gold medal. Taking the gold medal was Myatt’s Fields Cocktails’ Vesper Martini that impressed the judges with its character, smoothness and balance. Commenting on the award, Clemency Penn, […]

Unique new whiskies

This autumn Elements of Islay is launching a re-imagined core range of blended malt whiskies. The multi-awarded brand, which has won a loyal following over the years for its various limited batch editions, will be presenting three permanent whiskies that all capture the essence of their origin: Islay. The three expressions, Elements of Islay Cask […]

As you like it

We’re delighted to report that Shakespeare Distillery has expanded its business in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon where it has opened a brand new experiences space, which will create six new jobs. The independent artisan spirit producer has taken a long-term lease at 1 High Street in the historic town which houses their retail shop on […]

Kelham Island Brewery saved

We are delighted to report that Sheffield-based Kelham Island Brewery has been saved from closure by a group of Sheffield businesspeople. The rescue of the city’s oldest independent brewery is a collaboration between James O’Hara (Tramlines co-founder and Sheffield venue owner), his brother, financial analyst Tom O’Hara, Simon Webster and Jim Harrison (who run the […]

Spookily good

Here at Hand Crafted Drinks Magazine we like to have a bit of fun, especially when the news agenda is, well, a bit gloomy at the moment. So, here are two Hallowe’en Cocktail recipes created by Warwickshire-based liqueur producer, St Maur: the Vampire Cocktail and the Daylight Cocktail – with garlic to help ward off […]

Do pay attention, 007

The Macallan James Bond 60th Anniversary Release has been unveiled to mark The Six Decades of James Bond films. The remarkable collection comprises six limited edition bottles encasing a single malt whisky in unique packs, each featuring an original illustrative design and colour to denote the decade it represents. The distinctive packaging brings to life […]

A cracking result

The winner of the inaugural OGGS® Shake Off Challenge has been named as London-based mixologist Ryan Saunders. Saunders, who is bar manager at East London Liquor Company’s bar and restaurant, beat three other talented mixologists in the competition final, which saw the finalists’ skills put to the test across two rounds at the event, hosted […]

The People’s Choice

We’re delighted to be supporting an exciting consumer-facing national drinks awards, which is currently open for entries. The deadline for online submissions for the People’s Choice Drinks Awards is 17 October 2022; samples must be received by 28 October 2022. The cost is just £120 and includes free marketing assistance for finalist and medal winning […]