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Lets Welcome the Spirits

November 11, 2016

Words and thoughts by Ian Fisermanis My Frustration with “Juice Cocktails” As I mature, and my journey through bar tending and mixology continues, I find myself increasingly frustrated with the ‘juice’ cocktails. I’m creating a new term here, so a definition is needed. Juice Cocktails – a cocktail mixed using alcohol but blended specifically to hide

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Success – A Case Study In Customer Service

August 27, 2016

In the two and half years of working with my current team at Café vin Cinq, we have helped nurture and encourage what we consider to be best practise, and that’s what I want to discuss. I am by no means saying we always get things right; some of the best advice I got in

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Café Vin Cinq: A Multi-Award Winning Gem In The Heart of Warwickshire

July 24, 2016

I’ll make no apologies for the fact I’m about to write a bar review for where I work. I don’t intend to mislead anyone or present anything other than facts and my personal opinions on the industry and standards it should be achieving. I write from a place of pride, not arrogance, and you are welcome to

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Bars, Don’t Forget Your Non-Alcoholic Options Too

July 13, 2016

I find increasingly that my customers are seeking sober options. There are tonnes of mocktail recipes available to bars, yet they limit their menu for unknown reasons. Whilst the vast majority of patrons are looking at the cocktail menu with childlike glee, I observe more and more people skipping each chapter in search of the

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Why The Scandinavian Bar Scene Is The Place To Be

June 4, 2016

I like to travel and I enjoy wasting a day in a bar or lounge, thus I am often basing my next adventure around a new cocktail experience or alcohol culture I have been reading about. My most recent trips have been to explore a new world of mixology opening in the northern countries of

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Is The Martini In A Mid-life Crisis Or Getting Its Second Wave?

April 20, 2016

At at least one hundred and fifty years old, the martini is the ultimate mixology classic. No dispute. The symbol of a hundred thousand cocktail menus and a cultural icon in its own right. But in this modern age, is the classic martini still relevant? In 1863, an Italian vermouth maker started marketing their product under

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The Cosmopolitan – How Hollywood Created Another Alcoholic Icon

April 12, 2016

What do you really know about the most popular cocktail of the last decade? Did you even know what the Cosmopolitan was before you began reading this article? Well, it’s probably not going to be a surprise that there is no contest; the Cosmopolitan is the cocktail kingpin of the past quarter century. There is

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Why The Mojito Is Pushing The Pain Barrier For Bartenders

March 22, 2016

The history of the mojito is magical, quite literally, and it has been refined and altered to taste like the beverage that we all know and love. Except, not all mixologists love this hundreds-of-years-old cocktail, and Ian Fišermanis is one of them. The truth about mixology is fascinating. You may think it’s glorious and all cocktail making, but

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Mixology Isn’t All Cocktail. Some Of It’s ‘Coyote Ugly’

March 10, 2016

Meet our latest blogger, Ian ‘Fizz’ Fišermanis – a Head Mixologist in BarTwentyFive at Cafe Vin Cinq in Rugby, U.K. Having been in the industry for over 20 years, he has also worked as a consultant to the retail and hospitality sector with the company Brain Stormers. So what do you need to do to become a Head Mixologist like

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