Posts Tagged: Drinks

Bumped not stirred

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Let’s talk bumps. No, not the kind you slow down for in the road. Or the pregnant kind. The bumps we’re on about are flavoured additives that give your drink an extra boost.

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Play your cards right

Screwdrivers. Monkey Glands. Old Etonians. Pink Ladies. Just a few of the cocktails you won’t find on the menu of New York’s NoMad Hotel bar. Instead you’re presented with a leather-bound portfolio of 25 illustrated cards, which you select depending on your spirit of choice and mood.

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Balanced rush

Energy drinks are being reinvented for Millennials, who are demanding functionality and health benefits with their buzz.

Red Bull remains the market leader, maintaining its global profile with marketing campaigns such as skydiver Felix Baumgartner’s jaw-dropping parachute jump from space. But young guns like Runa are snapping at Red Bull’s heels, touting organic ingredients and ‘natural’ caffeine.

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An Englishman’s home is his brewery

A man walks into a bar. ‘Hi Honey, I’m home!’ he says. Ok, so what we lack in the joke telling department, we more than make up for in the design and insight departments. Top of the list today is Heineken’s ‘The Sub’ beer dispenser, helping you to recreate the perfect draught pint in the comfort of your own home.

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Beer with spirit

“This is science fiction. It’s the dawn of a new era. Welcome to a strange new world.”

BrewDog has announced its “most eccentric and absurd project to date” with the launch of a new 35% abv beer-based spirit called WattDickie. It was developed in a “radical brewing and ice distillation process”, which currently has a patent pending.

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Clearly whiskey

White Dog, Tennessee Rye and Moonshine – a growing number of producers are launching their own unaged white whiskies to cater for cocktail lovers and drinkers looking for neat spirits with an edge.

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Wireless vending

In Japan, you can buy a cold drink and wireless internet access from the same vending machine. Drinks brand Asahi has unveiled vending machines that send out wi-fi signals with a 50m radius, and plans to roll out 10,000 machines over the next five years. (Cheers Ads)

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All bar none for sale

The Shop NW10 is a bar where everything is for sale, including the art on the walls, the 50s school chairs and the vintage lights from Manchester Airport. (Tx to Elliot.)

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Customised wine

Americans are discovering what Europeans have known for ages: that you can get a better tasting wine by blending different ones together.

Dcantr, a pop-up wine bar inside the Stable Café in the Mission District of San Francisco is taking a Vom Fass approach by inviting people to create their own pinot blend. Patrons measure out their selections in delicate glass test tubes and decant them into beakers, for a truly customised glass of wine. The bar offers a daily menu of simple seasonal dishes prepared by a Michelin-starred chef, as well as a changing rotation of 10 micro-region wines from around the world.

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Snacky drinks

PepsiCo Chairperson and Chief Executive, Indra Nooyi, is attempting to “snackify” their drinks category with Tropolis, a new fruit-puree-in-a-pouch. Nooyi sees this merging of food and drink sub-brands as part of a larger industry trend towards combination foods, from Europe’s popular yogurt drinks to the fruit, dairy and grain smoothies PepsiCo produces under its Naked line.

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