Words by Simon Difford
Photography by Images from Jigger Beaker Glass, Manchester, by Dan Malpass
Inspired by Charles H Baker's 1939 inspirational travel book and world drinks guide, in April (2017) Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands (BBFB) kicked off its year-long UK tour of industry workshops and seminars celebrating the latest in drinks innovation.
Their aim is to educate and share knowledge and ideas in an entertaining way, just as Baker did in his seminal tomb, Around The World With Jigger, Beaker and Flask, in which he writes:
"Between these covers is first fruit of twenty-one years of international field work in club, hotel and private society around much of the known world." "You'll find them all here, all the famous ones, and more besides that are now accepted and granted brief through long local usage and tradition. Here are the Raffles Gin Sling from far off Singapore, Seaholm and Gerber's Tiger's Milk from the historic Wogons-Lits in the Peking Legation Quarter. The proven Gimlet of India and South China the unpredictable Balloon Cocktail from Calcutta's smartest restaurant named Firpo's; the truly magnificent Million Dollar as mixed by the genius Saito at the Imperial in Tokyo; the impeccable Gin Fizz Spécial of Aziz Effendi, monitor of the one and only Winter Palace at Loucqsor, in Egypt - yes, all these are here."
"All of these are here, and many many more of varying size and type together with authentic ways of manufacturing bitters, syrups, stone bottle ginger beers, which have been well proven by tests of time and peoples."
It's a compelling offering and a great read. BBFB are set to bring Charles H Baker's book to life with modern content as 11 of the industry's most thought-provoking leaders takeover some of the UK's most prestigious bars to share their wealth of experience and knowledge to an audience that could include you.
The Jigger, Beaker, Glass Tour kicked off in Birmingham, followed by stops in Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Brighton, Liverpool, London and Edinburgh.
The guest speakers
Co-Creator of Mr Lyan, White Lyan and Dandelyan, founder of Trash Tiki, Spirited Awards nominee & Bacardi Legacy Global finalist
JJ Goodman + Aaron Wall
Founder of London Cocktail Club, opening eight independent bars in nine years. Winner of BBC's The Restaurant, and Sunday Morning Brunch guest.
Manager of The Punch Room at The Edition Hotel, Spirited Awards nominee. Previously of The Connaught and Green+Red. A global leader of the punch revival.
Elliot Ball + Olly Brading
Along with Andy Mil, Elliot and Olly are co-founders of The Cocktail Trading Company, shortlisted for Best New Bar at Tale's Spirited Awards and renowned for their creative serves.
Former operations for 69 Colebrooke Row, The Drinks Factory, GM of Dandelyan (World's Best New Cocktail Bar 2015) and now residing behind the bar at Sager and Wilde in London's Bethnal Green.
Previous head bartender of Nightjar, now owner and creative director of Gibson, Spirited Awards winner and 6th Best Bar in The World.
The 7th head bartender of The American Bar at The Savoy Hotel. Spirited Awards Bartender of The Year 2011, World Class Global Winner 2010.
Max + Noel Venning
After honing their skills in bars such as Crazy Pedro's and 69 Colebrooke Row, the Venning brothers opened Three Sheets in 2016 to critical aclaim.