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Stylish Cocktail Creators

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Whether you like it mixed or muddled, shaken or stirred, it’s time to get the party started this summer with TOAST’s top picks of some of the most stylish cocktail creators out there.



I scream, you scream, we all scream for…COCKTAILS!! That’s how it goes, right?

OK so I might have used some artistic license there, but summertime calls for some boozy botanical blends and nothing gets a glorious garden party (or any kind of indoor or al fresco fun for that matter) off to a flying start quite like a delicious, freshly mixed cocktail creation or two, or three, or maybe even four - summer can make one terribly thirsty after all…

Undoubtedly my favourite o’clock – there’s no denying that ‘cocktail’ is quite an unusual word when you come to think about it. There are several theories floating around regarding its origins, and the one widely considered most likely takes us all the way back to America in the early 19th century, when tavern keepers stored their spirits in casks. When the casks got near empty the dregs, or tailings as they were known then, would be all mixed together in one barrel and sold at a reduced price. The contents would then be poured from the cask spout, which was referred to as the cock, so patrons wanting this cheaper concoction would therefore come in and ask for ‘cock tailings.’ Oh, how times have changed.

Today’s cocktail menus can feature anything and everything from herb infused vodkas to edible flowers, gold leaf garnishes to foams, smokes and vapours - the possibilities are endless. And then there’s the presentation to consider – gone are the days of tea cups and bog standard martini glasses, 2017 is all about chunky vintage crystal (think Mad Men) and the weird and the wonderful – I am talking about mini swimming pools, vintage tins and zip lock bags. Seriously.

From Manhattans to Mojitos, Mai Tais to Martinis, cocktails are the most versatile, pleasing and ever-popular drink on the menu and when they are done well, nothing beats ‘em. So if you’re planning a summer party to remember and you‘re after some innovation and tasty cocktail creations to delight your guests, here are TOAST’s top picks of some of the very best cocktail creators out there ready to come and mix things up and your next bash… 

TOAST'S Pick of The Best Cocktail Creators 

Cock & Tail

The aptly named Cock & Tail have a team of expertly trained mixologists, bartenders and all round drinks enthusiasts that can provide a professionally run bar and exquisite cocktails at any event. Their cocktail list has been carefully designed with large events in mind so they make the perfect crowd pleaser, but despite the volume that they can offer they remain true to their ethos of using fresh ingredients and a discerning selection of high quality, artisanal spirits.

They can mix up stylish classics such as a Sipsmith G&T or a Negroni, but their signatures include more imaginative creations such as their Salted Espressotini and their Godfather Sour, so there really is something to impress everyone. Presentation is contemporary and stylish and their expertise covers all areas of bar management, from logistics, back of house operations and staff training - all ensuring a smooth service and hassle free event. Hurrah! 

Cock & Tail Bars www.cockandtailbars.co.uk

 

Trailer Made

For cocktails with charm then why not give Ben and Nicky a call, as they are the founders and proud owners of Ethel – a race horse trailer that has been tastefully converted in to a stylish sage green cocktail bar on wheels. Frustrated by mediocre drinks, Ben and Nicky wanted a way to bring some of the very best spirits and cocktails out of the exclusive city centre bars and make them available anywhere, so now they travel the country serving up delicious ‘Trailer Made’ cocktails from Ethel, all lovingly created using premium craft and boutique spirits only. They also have a smaller up-cycled Steamer Trunk Bar (called Noel) who is smaller and perfect for indoor events.

Trailer Made

Trailer Made Cocktails www.trailermadecocktails.co.uk 

Sweet&Chilli

Established in 2002, Sweet&Chilli’s philosophy is simple – ‘a drink is not just a drink, it’s an experience’. So aside from the exotic ingredients and cutting edge techniques that they use to make their unique, handcrafted cocktails, the company also has a range of elegant and lightweight, mobile bars available in a variety of styles, sizes and configurations to suit any occasion, and they only use the very best, internationally accredited bartenders.

Their award-winning team of drinks experts can help design a unique and exciting cocktail menu to match any event and with offices in London, Sydney and Los Angeles, they really can create their cocktail magic just about anywhere! A few of their recent high profile events include the House of Peroni, Adidas’ House of the Future and Lagavulin’s 200th Anniversary.

Sweetchilli Cocktails 

Sweetchilli

Sweet&Chilli www.sweetandchilli.com

Salts of the Earth

For painfully cool, cutting edge cocktails then Salts of the Earth are for you. Founded by Chris Edwards and Dave Tregenza, the company specialises in what they describe as ‘cocktail counselling and menu creation’ meaning that the team will work with you to create a selection of incredibly imaginative concoctions are that are presented in a truly unique way – imagine a bright blue blend served in miniature swimming pool complete with small, floating swimmers, or a sushi-styled cocktail soup, served with a piece of soy-glazed sashimi. Their styling is truly show stopping and their cocktails taste just as good. If you want to taste test some of their creations then you can visit to their acclaimed bar, The Shrub and Shutter in Brixton.

Salts Of The Earth

Shurb Shutter

Salts of The Earth www.saltsoftheearth.co.uk

Mambo

Looking for versatility? Then you need look no further than Mambo Mobile Bars. Founded by chief ‘Mambologist’ and cocktail expert Thomas Colombo, Mambo provides a wide choice of mobile bars, expert mobile bartending and inventive cocktail menus across the UK and beyond. Their Vintage Twist Bar is a charming vintage British steamer trunk converted into a brilliantly unique bar, perfect for adding style and ambience to any space or party. It's not only a bar, it’s a conversation piece! Then there’s also the slick and sophisticated American Cocktail Bar, and the show stopping Italian Light Cocktail Bar complete with inbuilt ambient lighting meaning that the whole bar can glow whatever colour you want it to. All bars are fully modular meaning they can be adjusted to fit the space, whatever the size. And for a serious splash of fun – the Airline Trolley Shot bar is genius!

Mambo

Mambo Mobile Bars www.mambomobilebars.co.uk

Beetle Juice

For a lively, colourful addition to your next do then how about Vintage VW Camper Van Bar? Established in 2012 in Farnham, Surrey when brothers Julian and Jonny and their friend Harry had the idea of converting a 1970’s VW van into a cocktail bar so that they could ‘take the party to the people’, Beetle Juice now specialise in freshly made quality cocktails served straight from one of their fleet of funky converted camper vans. All come complete with fully trained bartenders, a retractable roof, matching carpet and chalkboards to display the all-important menu on, as well as background music and groovy lighting. You can choose from selection of tasty cocktails such as mojitos, caipirinhas or even their signature ‘Beetle Juice’….

Beetlejuice Camper

Beetle Juicewww.beetle-juice.co.uk 

The Liquorists

The Liquorists describe themselves as Manchester’s very own ‘booze hounds and bon vivants’ – which sounds pretty good to us. They host a series of informative ‘Spirit and Cocktail trails’ and their incredibly popular ‘Cocktail Cruises’ which having been taking place on the waterways of Manchester since 2010. Their ‘Gincident’ cruise has sold out for the last four years, and if you fancy taking to the water you can even hire the boat yourself! But when they are not busy teaching people about booze on boats they can also come and serve it up at your next do.

With heaps of booze knowledge and over combined experience of over 50 years, they can handle anything from 10 to 1000 guests offering bespoke cocktail packages to suit every occasion and budget. Previous clients include Adidas, Google, AO and more.

The Liquorists

The Liquoristswww.theliquorists.com

 

Mixology & Beyond

Passionate bartender Caludia Carrozzi is the Founder and Managing Director of Mixology & Beyond; an innovative and creative drinks consultancy that can help you organise all the bar requirements of pretty much any event from start to finish.

After several years spent working at some of Europe’s leading hotels, Claudia has a team of talented can beverage experts who will work to creatively and cost effectively manage the bar at your next do; from venue selection to recruitment of qualified bar and event staff, designing delicious menus to creating signature cocktails, Mixology & Beyond can handle everything while making sure that your guests have an unforgettable time (depending on how many cocktails they drink…).

Mixology And BeyondMixology & Beyond,  www.mixologyandbeyond.com

The Apothecary

In TOAST’s recent Spotlight interview with Mark Andrews, founder and director of The Apothecary Pop-up bar and cocktail emporium, we heard all about their unique vintage-themed drinking experience, which features intoxicating infusions and mischievous mixtures’ served from a beautiful hand-made wooden bar that has been carefully styled around a Victorian apothecary, complete with uniformed staff, authentic props and intriguing decor that all match the era. John and his team like to put on a show whilst they mix up their puzzling potions, and don't be alarmed if your drink starts to smoke and or changes colour whilst you drink it...

Apothercary Bar Toast

The Apothecary,  www.theapothecarybar.co.uk


For more details on all of the vendors listed above head over to TOAST’s Little Black Book. or for more cocktail inspiration take a look at TheEdit, full of features and ideas. 

 
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