Recommended Reading and Cocktail Party Conversation Starters Vol. 14

Welcome to this week’s roundup of interesting cocktail and spirits related articles plus a few fun bits of news just made for cocktail party conversation starters.

Cocktail Reading

Bristol distillery apologises over ‘Novichok’ vodka
(BBC)

“A distillery that released a 75% ABV vodka range named after the toxic nerve agent Novichok has been heavily criticised for its “tasteless” timing…”

Brexit may cause a gin shortage, experts warn
(The Independent)

“Gin-lovers, hold onto your juniper berries: a shortage of your favourite spirit could be on the horizon thanks to Brexit…”

Dive into the world of Metaxa 12 Stars
(The Cocktail Lovers)

An interesting look at a Greek brandy and a series of cocktails made with it at the Clumsies – one in particular inspired by Guillaume Néry, world record holder for freediving.

The UK’s best cocktail bars aren’t in London, according to prestigious list
(inews uk)

Bramble Bar in Edinburgh topped the list of 50 best bars in the UK. This particular list is determined by votes from bar professionals.  So, basically it’s a list of where the industry people like to drink when they’re not working.

How Giving Up Summer Happy Hour Saved My Sanity and My Health
(Vogue)

One person’s interesting approach to cutting down on alcohol by limiting herself to one drink per month.

 

Cocktail Party Conversation Starters

Get all tongue tied around new people? Try this week’s cocktail party conversation starters next time you’re stuck for small talk…

Did you hear about…

The time traveller with the inside scoop on Tupac and the Illuminati?

The man who no longer has the world’s longest fingernails?

The bear that predicted the outcome of the World Cup?

And, this week, when I’m not reading cocktail news or finding bizarre conversation starters, I’m reading: The Storyteller by Jodie Picoult

About Forest Collins 320 Articles
Cocktail Expert Forest Collins is the creator of 52martinis, an online guide to the best cocktail bars in Paris and other small batch spirits news from France. We've also recently launched an app so you can keep all that bar info in your pocket!