Ketel One vodka and cocktail.
Ketel One vodka and cocktail.
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ALMOST FAMOUS

To toast their inclusion in “The World’s 50 Best Bars Brands Report” by Drinks International, bartender Alex Kratena of London’s award-winning Artesian bar has created this celebratory Ketel one vodka cocktail:

Ingredients:

40ml Ketel One vodka

30ml Suze liqueur

15ml fresh lime juice

15ml agave syrup, diluted 2:1

(2 parts agave nectar, 1 part water)

30ml fresh guava juice

1 dash bitters

Method:

  1. Shake all the ingredients with ice and fine strain into a glass.

ALL-IN-ONE RUM

An all-natural crafted spirit, Bumbu is a blend of first-class sugar cane from locally sustainable farms in the world’s eight best cane-producing countries: Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guyana and Honduras. Aged up to 15 years, it’s smooth and balanced with aromas of Madagascan vanilla, soft caramel, and toasted oak.

Bumbu rum.
Bumbu rum.
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SINGLE AND READY TO MINGLE

Exclusively made in Scotland using the finest malted barley that’s then matured in American oak casks, Loch Lomond is a single-grain and single-malt whisky that smacks of freshly cut barley fields, baked apples, and a subtle hint of lemon peel.

Loch Lomond whisky.
Loch Lomond whisky.
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TASTE A REGION

The third release in the Wade Bales Regional Series is here, and it’s a beauty. The Breedekloof Chenin Blanc 2019 is a barrel-fermented chenin blanc from the Breedekloof Wine Valley. It’s a collaboration between five of the valley’s top wine makers and Wade Bales. Expect the pristine fruit purity and zesty acidity so typical of this wine region, with concentrated aromas of nectarines, dessert peaches, and Golden Delicious apples leading to a finish as long as the Breede itself.

Breedekloof Chenin Blanc 2019.
Breedekloof Chenin Blanc 2019.
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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S GIN

Described as the world’s most unusual gin, Hendrick’s new Midsummer Solstice Gin is a delightfully floral limited-edition release. Inspired by nature’s brightest blooms, a secret selection of floral essences has resulted in a liquid summer bouquet in your glass. The first release from their master distiller’s Cabinet of Curiosities, this small-batch gin will be available from August.

Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice Gin.
Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice Gin.
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With over two decades of experience in the luxury-drinks market, Wade Bales’ passion is sourcing really great drinks and sharing them with really great people.

 From the April issue of Wanted 2020.

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