Posted on 09/03/2016 by Mistercocktail


It’s Wednesday, which means almost weekend. So many things to do again and so little time. This week’s agenda features the newly opened X Bank, a multi disciplinary concept store, The Duchess, one of Amsterdam’s finest restaurants and bars, and a few pop-up concepts that need some booking ahead.

Amsterdam’s first Vermuteria
  Planning ahead. Have you… Read more

Posted on 26/02/2016 by Mistercocktail

HyperFocal: 0

Since the hotelbar in Amsterdam has sprung to life in the past years, there is no better place to visit than one of these little havens of luxury and comfort. Cocktails are a safe bet, with many internationally renowned bartenders shaking things up for you. So, where to go this weekend? Your first stop is the Vodka Vriday at the lush Bluespoon Bar at the Andaz Hotel, which has been designed by… Read more

Posted on 11/11/2015 by Mistercocktail


The river Saar runs in the western part of Germany, close to the border with France, and is home to one of the most highly regarded white wine regions in the world. It is home to Andreas Vallendar, distiller at their family estate that was founded in 1824 in Willingen, and to Dorothee Zilliken, a young and award-winning winemaker at Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken.  It was a small company ca… Read more

Posted on 14/10/2015 by Mistercocktail


James Bond famously promoted vodka in his films in the 1960s with the iconic Vesper Martini. In the book Casino Royale (1953) he specifies “Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodla, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?” This has been the drink of choice for Mr Bond ever since, eve… Read more

Posted on 30/09/2015 by Mistercocktail


One of the oldest names in the history of making Tequila is the Orendain family. One of the first distilleries Don Cenobio Sauza opened was the one he bought from the Oredain family in 1889. Arette Tequila is named after Arete, a 2-time Olympic gold winning horse, as the two owners of the brand are big fans of horse jumping. They both even competed when they were younger. The distill… Read more

Posted on 23/06/2015 by Mistercocktail

AK8A8054 Cuban cigars zw

It is one of the classic combinations: cigars and spirits. Cognac, whisk(e)y and rum are all good companions of cigars, so we were invited for a cigar tasting held at the yet to be opened (!) La Casa Del Habano in the luxurious Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam. The pairing however was not with said spirits, but with the Gin & Tonic.  A combination that turned out to make a lot of sense.

Read more

Posted on 29/05/2015 by Mistercocktail


Waking up after a gin-fuelled day has never been so easy! The first edition of the Dutch Boutique Gin & Tonic Festival was a huge success so I could not be any happier. All our partners made a great efford to look their bestthe sun came out just for us and the guests indulged themselves in the wonderful gins and tonics we had available for tasting. Restaurant Mercat was the perfect setting… Read more

Posted on 05/05/2015 by Mistercocktail


There aren’t many cities in the world that host the larger part of an industry and are also the namegiver to the category. Cognac is probably the world’s best known example with all major brands clearly present in the city. Around the town there are hundreds of farmers, distilleries and warehouses where the actual production takes place and where the eaux-de-vie age. Safety issues.… Read more

Posted on 08/03/2015 by Mistercocktail

Dirty Dick - scotty

Last month saw the birth of the Paris Cocktail Week, an initiative by Thierry Daniel and Eric Fossard, who are also the founders of Cocktails & Spirits. At the beginning of this tradeshow about 7 years ago there were very few cocktailbars in Paris, even though you’d expect a city like this boasting the same amount of bars like London or New York. One of the bars that has paved the wa… Read more

Posted in Bars | Leave a comment

Posted on 05/02/2015 by Mistercocktail

View of the Chateau Bourg-Charente and the Charente river

As a young brand ambassador working for Grand Marnier, I met Patrick Raguenaud, their Master Blender, for the first time in 2005 in Cognac. The family Marnier-Lapostolle had just renovated the Chateau Bourg-Charente (1609), which was purchased in 1921 and I was lucky to be amongst the very first guests. He showed us how they age the eaux-de-vie that would become the cognacs in the… Read more