Everything You Will Need To Know About Rum: What's In That Bottle


Rum has a reputation for being a poolside favourite, but it can also be enjoyed in the chillier seasons too. Here's your guide to what's inside a bottle of rum

 Our friends at have compiled a guide with everything you need to know about what's in a bottle of the good stuff. Cheers! Take it away guys, let's hear about rum...

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With several flavour palettes ranging from fruity and grassy to caramel and cinnamon, it can be enjoyed neat or in a cocktail as we all know.

Let's get a very quick overview of what that sweet stuff is made from;

Rum is made from either fermented sugarcane juice or molasses that is distilled to become alcohol at about 80 proof or higher.

Molasses-based rums take over 11 tons of molasses to make one gallon of 110-proof rum, which is what the majority of rums on the market today are made from.

Gone are the days when it could only be enjoyed with coke, today's drinker demands sophistication. Next time you are hosting a party or serving a customer, impress them with a Bermudian Dark ‘n’ Stormy or the Caribbean inspired Mai Tai. If you are drinking rum on the rocks or bringing a bottle to your next housewarming, you will want to aim for a higher quality rum with more complexities or richness - try an añejo or Agricole.

Gauge a rum’s quality by a taste for the price, but keep in mind, you can’t go too far wrong!

So next time a customer asks you “What is a GOOD rum”? You will know the answer! For more information on your favourite beverage check out Kayleigh Kulp’s take on Everything You Need to Know About Rum.

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mastic greek liqueur

Mastic - The Greek Liqueur You Need To Know About

There are many little known liqueurs from around the globe which have a place within the heart of their country of origin. Now's our chance to learn from Greece and some of it's best bartenders all about the magical Mastic, a Greek Liqueur. So take it away lads.

Every summer the residents of the Mastic villages of Chios, known as Mastichiades, carve the branches of their trees from the Schinias region with an iron tool. What drops from these lesions is known as Mastic.  

This process has been repeated in the south of Chios for the last 2500 years.  But, what is Mastic?


What is Mastic?

Mastic is the resin from the Schinias region tree, a member of the tree family which also includes Pistachio and Terebinth trees.  Resin is the hard crystal shaped tree drops from various Flion trees.  The most well known resin is frankincense and myrrh, gifts the three wise men gave to humanity, along with gold.  This indicates their great worth and value.

People in antiquity recognized these resins’ worth and used them in the making of balsams, medicines, embalming, in disinfecting and in incense burning.  

Though the Schinias trees can be found throughout the Mediterranean, it is only in the south of Chios that Mastic is produced.   

This is attributed to the region’s microclimate, of the selective and systematic cultivation which led to a new type of Schinias tree which is more durable and productive.  It is also due to Chios’ commercial resourcefulness from ancient times when Mastic became identified with the island.  

Mastic has the title of Protected Designation of Origin and its cultivation is listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage Catalogue.  

History Of Mastic

From the 5th century BC, when the first reference of it is made in Orpheus’ Hymns, Mastic traveled to all of the Mediterranean.  It was the first gum in ancient Greece and used in Roman orgiastic feasts.

It made its way into Alexandrian and Arabic doctors’ recipes, to Franciscan monks’ monasteries, to English noblemen’s drinks, to Christian and Muslim incense rituals, to Andalusian cooks’ recipes, to Ottoman sultans’ harems, to spoons of the Greek coffee shops, Kafeneion, and is now found in the finest bars worldwide.  

One of the greatest legends surrounding Mastic is how Christopher Columbus, knowing full well the value of it, presented a Mastic tree, as well as rare spices and exotic fruits, as part of his findings in Cuba, to guarantee continued funding for his trip.  The Genoese Columbus knew of the Schinias trees well and had visited Chios, which was under the governance of Genoa at the time.  With this ploy, he attempted to prove that his journey, fruitless until then, was actually worthwhile.  

The symbolic daughter and noblewoman of Chios, named Mastic by the locals, was first found on distilleries from the early 18th century.  Before that there were numerous recipes in which mastic oil was mixed with balsam or spices for therapeutic and even decorative purposes.  

Modern Day Mastic

The great difference in distilling has been made by the Skinos Company, turning the mastic liqueur into a recognized Mediterranean ingredient and putting Mastic in the finest bars of Europe and the world.  With clever and persistent marketing, as well as an exceptional product, Skinos has substantially opened Mastic to the international market and has made it a recognized brand since 2010.    

The next stage comes from the Plomariou distillery in Mitilini.  There, at a privately owned distillery, a new mastic extract is produced from bronze distillers and 100% Chios mastic.  The creation of M Dry Mastiha, which departs from the well-established liqueurs, is where the dry spirit category in Greece begins.


What Cocktails Can I Make With Mastic Liqueur?

Aperitif M

50ml M Mastiha dry

120 Prosecco wine

Rosalie flower

Funky m

50 ml Mastiha dry

25ml Woodford Reserve Bourbon chamomile infused

25ml lime

25ml pineapple unsweetened

12.5 ml cinnamon syrup

2 dashes angostura

Sweet and sour

50ml Mastiha dry

25 ml lime

25ml honey syrup

4 pieces green apple muddle in the shaker

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Written and edited by:

Yannis Petros Petris (Bartender - Athens, Greece)

Dionysis Polatos (Bartender - Athens, Greece)

John Stavroulakis (Bartender - Athens, Greece)


Have we come across this Liqueur before? Know of any other cocktails it would work perfectly in?


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The Top 9 Must See Bartenders Infographics To Ensure You Don't Lose An Argument

Use These Bartenders Infographics To Make Idiots See The Truth.

In an effort to make your lives easier we compiled a list of infographics that help out the bartender greatly. Little cheat sheets to pull out when arguing over a few beers with the new guy who swears on his mothers grave that the Dark 'n' Stormy was first made in meth lab just outside of Vienna. See the history of the Dark 'N' Stormy here.

In all honesty there are people out there that do this. Use these to combat the idiocracy. If you are one of those people then gather round. We won't judge you here. We can help.

So here we have it. The best bartenders infographics that help you to win an argument.

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#1 "I'm telling you mate, this Budweiser is a craft beer from Nicaragua?" Erm...


Bartender Infographic
A lot of companies have their fingers in a lot of pies. This bartenders infographic is of course only confined to some states in U.S.A but you can get the feel of who controls what. For an Australian outlook you can see that here.


#2 "Lagavulin is called so because it was first made by a tiny violinist who was experimenting with lager..." okay mate, if you say so...


Bartender Infographic

Source:  (these guys have an amazing concept on how to choose your whisky)

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Related Post: All You Will Ever Need To Know About Scotch


#3 "I had a great bourbon once that was made inside a boat just of the coast of Scotland"... Did you? wow.


Bartender Infographic

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Related: Classic Bourbon Cocktails

Related: Know more about Bourbon


#4 " So yeah, Tequila is basically just cactus juice with a kick..." [head in hands]

To a lot of new bartenders Tequila is a mind field of potential embarrassments. Hopefully this clears a few things up.

Bartender Infographic

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Related: Just About Everything You Will Ever Need To Know About Tequila


#5 The confusing world of Italian wine... not anymore

Bartender Infographic


#6 "This merlot would go really well with some roast rabbit ears like we had in Peru..." ...Deep breath...


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#7 "So when the Russians invented the..." Shut up!


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#8 "Yeah so, Raki, It's a type of wine" Get out! just get out!


Bartender Infographic


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#9 A nice fun one for getting to the end. Emojis.


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We have all been there. The constant insisting that they are right. Take no notice just go in armoured with these fact sheets and bartenders infographics and make them see the truth.


You have any other bartenders that really get to you with the knowledge they think they know? Let me know below.



crystal head vodka

Crystal Head Vodka | Review

Founder: Dan Aykroyd
Year Founded: 2008
Distillery Location: St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Master Distiller / Blender: Phil Power, master distiller
Types of Spirits Made: Vodka


Actor, screenwriter and Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd Seven years ago unleashed  the – three litre – size of his Crystal Head vodka.

The Saturday Night Live cast member and writer and star of Ghostbusters first launched his vodka, which is filtered through semi-precious crystals known as Herkimer diamonds and bottled in glinting glass models of human skulls back in 2008, and it seems the original Crystal Head Vodka is just as memorising as always.

The bottles are modeled on a controversial and mysterious set – numbering around a dozen – of crystal skulls that many believe were carved thousands of years ago by ancient Mesoamericans. An extraordinary range of supernatural powers have been attributed to these, with some New Age mystics insisting the skulls contain the history of the entire world because they have the ability to pictorially record all events that happen around them and all the people who come into contact with them.

Needless to say such Indiana Jones type claims are so extraordinary that scientists have seen fit to investigate some of the skulls in question and drawn the conclusion that they appear to have been carved using machines only available since the 19th century.

Even so, an air of mystery lingers and there is something haunting about even the newly designed Crystal Heads, made by Bruni Glass in Italy, with their cargo of vodka, which pours through the top of the skull as if decanting brains through a trepanning hole.

Crystal Head vodka is made from Canadian corn and glacial meltwater from around the island of St John in Newfoundland, hundreds of miles from the nearest major conurbation. It goes through four distillation processes and is then filtered seven times, the last three times through those Herkimer diamonds.

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Now that should of tickled your tastebuds

But what do we bartenders think about it?

The vodka itself has character. Smooth, with a little bit of burn. Some liquorice on the finish that tends to linger. And who doesn't like lingering liquorice in a vodka.

But apart from the tastes it all about the looks, and it looks really good

The first time we saw it was at a cocktail convention in Manchester, England back in 2008 just before it came to market. I remember very clearly looking around at the people we were with and everyone was in absolute awe. We ordered Two bottles for our backbar.

You have to remember that at this time in our lives we didn't think vodka all that exciting.

But when we saw the skull glistening against the halogen lamps of a convention centre vodka suddenly became very exciting again for us.

It is designed by the American artist John Alexander and fast became a fashionable drink. Crystal Head Vodka was not only created by a celebrity but is also a favourite of rock legend Keith Richards and actor Johnny Depp.

Coupled with this original promo video for Crystal Head Vodka you can see why it took off, see our review below.


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jack daniel's

Jack Daniel's

Jack Daniel’s is a pairing of words or a name that is synonymous today with whisky. It sits on everyone's tongue when we think of whisky. It has been vilified throughout the world as a brand that supersedes all others to the general public. So what is it about Jack that we all love so much? could it be the history? could it be the romance? could it be how it makes you feel when you walk into a bar at the end of a hard day and ask for the immortal “Jack and Coke”.


Lets delve a little deeper into the non production side of Jack Daniel’s whisky.


Around 1850, a time in which America was growing. Cities were being formed and governments were arguing, it made for a very exciting, risky and empowering time in America and to be American. But in Lynchburg, Tennessee something very exciting was about to unfold. It is widely agreed that Jack was born in 1850 but nobody's really sure about when his birthdate actually was. In fact when Jack died different newspapers printed different dates for his birth.  It’s this ambiguous nature that surrounds Jack that lends a certain air of romance to the Jack Daniels brand that makes it one of the most interesting whisky stories in the world today.


Born to a mother who died during complications in Jack’s siblings birth, of which he had 11 and a father who died of pneumonia during Jack’s teens, Jack had it tough. Jacks early life meant that when he was around ten Jack’s father decided that it was time for Jack to learn a trade. Jack was hired out to the Lutheran Minister who ran a dry goods store. in which the the store owner would sell this new whisky that he made from the local water source and was different to all whisky that was available at the time. The reason? Rev. Dan Call, the minister, had created a new way of making it called the “Lincoln County Process”. Other distilleries used this technique which is the a early charcoal mellowing system that Jack Daniels still uses to date. However the other distilleries abandoned this method stating that it was too time consuming and expensive. But not the Reverend he stood by it and was true to his feeling that this was the best way to create a whisky. Upon learning his trade this was a method was taught and instilled into Jack.






In 1863 a fiery sermon from a female evangelist inspired Rev. Dan Call’s wife to put her foot down and demand that Dan leave the whisky business for good or leave the Ministry for good. A hard choice but Dan opted to sell the lease of the distillery to his young apprentice and associate who pounced on the opportunity.  Jack Daniel found a tract of land in Lynchburg that included a limestone cave and spring. The pure spring water from the cave became the most important business tool Daniel ever purchased. With the War Between the States over in Tennessee and it starting to come to a close elsewhere, Jack Daniel rightly anticipated the Federal government would levy a tax on distillery operations and, at the age of 16, became the first to register his operation with the United States government. The taxes levied on his company’s product were something he always despised, but because of his quick business move and the growing popularity of a unique whiskey that produced much needed revenue for the government.


Picture this for an instant. Jack Daniel is 16 and stands at a great height of only 5’2”, he has taken over a distillery in the middle of a war. He has picked up the distillery and moved the entire thing because he believes in his gut reaction that the water is better there. and he has registered it to the new Federal Government, which now is the oldest registered distillery in the US. Jack Daniel had balls. What were you doing when you were sixteen?Ten years later he bought the whole thing including the land in which the water source (the hollow) resided, all 142 acres of it.


Daniel was the first in Tennessee to use hot-air balloons as a promotional tool and often fascinated the locals with his advertising antics. Jack Daniel also started the practice of issuing commemorative bottles to celebrate certain events. He generally stayed with his trademark square bottle, which some say he did as a symbol of his being a "square shooter", which was a popular saying of his day.







Jack was a big fan of music and understood the correlation that his whisky had with it. A powerful brand tool that Jack Daniel’s still uses today. In 1905 Jack hired The Silver Cornet Band to play in Lynchburg square in which he owned two saloons. At this time there was no way to hear and band without seeing them. He believed that people would come from miles around to see the band and when there they would need a drink. Jack had cemented the the link between whisky or alcohol and music.


In 1909 Tennessee goes dry due to a statewide prohibition and Jack has to move production to Missouri for seven years. Jack had put the wheels in motion that would make his nephew Lem Motlow his successor and he was trusted in this difficult time. Lynchburg Tennessee, where JD is distilled, is a dry county still today. You cannot buy alcohol there, a fact which is an integral part of the JD story. It goes back to these days of prohibition when the distillery was forced shut down production for 7 years. Although it nearly bankrupted the company back then, Jack Daniel’s eventually survived. This is a perfect example of a protagonist facing conflict, overcoming adversity and  emerging victorious. Which is how the whisky makes you feel isn’t it? This is one of the many true stories that defines the brand today.


In 1911 Jack got angry in his office and kicked his safe because it wouldn’t unlock. He hurt his toe and it developed gangrene. The irony is that if he had just dipped his toe in the whisky he was making it would stopped his death, but Jack was a stubborn man until he died shortly after. It was at this point that the labeling on the iconic Jack Daniel’s bottle became black, maybe it was a tip of the hat to Jack’s passing. We like to think so.


This wasn’t the end of the Jack Daniel’s story though. At the start of America’s involvement in the Second World War the country asked for all A grade whisky to be sent towards to the war effort. Jack Daniel’s refused to create the whisky with anything less than A grade corn and so they shut their doors. This turned out to be a marketing masterpiece. A New York newspaper towards the end of the war published an article asking where Jack Daniel’s whisky had gone? proclaiming it as ‘the best whisky you never tasted’. What followed was an influx of calls and letters to Lynchburg. Jack Daniel’s response was that they would reproduce as soon as A grade corn became available again and that everyone would just have to wait. it must of been like waiting for Christmas to the whisky drinkers of the North. It created the insatiable appetite that was about to follow.


In 1955 Jack Daniel’s received a call out of the blue from a certain Mr. Frank Sinatra. Frank didn’t want to be paid in anything other than whisky. he truthfully loved Jack Daniel’s whisky and became the world’s Global Ambassador. Frank calls Jack the “nectar of the gods” and sales double by 1956.


Jack Daniel’s whisky has been honouring the legendary past ever since. For me it is the honesty and the integrity that the brand connotes. It exudes quality and relevance. It will never be outdated. it is synonymous with everything each of us yearns to be. I’ll leave with Jack’s motto that we could and should carry into everyday life.



JD logo“Everyday we make it, we’ll make it the best we can.”

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