Copperpot’s Whisky Buyer’s Guide Vol. 2

Sam @ Copperpot Bar

This week in our whisky buyer’s guide, we’re going to chat about our favourite style of whisky, peated. Full of smoky and sometimes medicinal flavours, these whiskies have a tendency to divide scotch drinkers and it’s not difficult to tell the two sides apart. If your pet whisky drinker is strictly no smoke then maybe avoid this section and skip …

Copperpot’s Whisky Buyer’s Guide Vol. 1

Sam @ Copperpot Bar

We’ve all been there, trying to buy a bottle of Scotch for a special someone, staring at seemingly infinite varieties of glen this and glen that, only to choose to play it safe and get them the same one they always have because you don’t drink it. So how would you know which whisky is the right one? Well we’re …

Why you ought to be using Spice Drops to add a fresh twist to old drinks

Sam @ Copperpot Bar

  Occasionally a product comes along which changes the way you do things, or in this case, simplifies time consuming processes and opens up interesting flavours and combinations to everyone, on both sides of the bar. We’re talking about Spice Drops from Holy Lama. Spice drops are essentially natural spice extracts and an emulsifier, which allows for the oils to …

Creation vs Curation of drinks or “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”

Sam @ Copperpot Bar

  How many different riffs on a Manhattan or a Negroni have you had in your lifetime? If you’re reading this, then you probably have at least a passing interest in mixed drinks so the chances of that number being fairly significant are quite high. It’s a testament to the infinite creativity and adventurous nature of our industry that of …

Three things crucial for a great event bar

Sam @ Copperpot Bar

  Not every bar can or ought to be pitched at the same level as Dead Rabbit or Calooh Callay in terms of the drinks they make or the clientele they serve. A main bar at a festival in some rain-drenched, far-flung corner of darkest Wales obviously needs to provide different things to a swanky pop-up bar on a rooftop …

Five Tips for Young Bartenders

Sam @ Copperpot Bar

Here at Copperpot Bar, we are lucky enough to work with lots of young bartenders across various projects and at different stages of their development. The old saying “you’re only as good as your training” certainly holds a lot of truth, especially in the hospitality industry where standards and training vary wildly from one company to another. Obviously there are …