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Award winning producer, journalist, actor and guide!

Host of the award-winning Drinks Podcast, Lush Life with over 30,000 unique views a month on my blog A Lush Life Manual, across all social media platforms with large audience base in the US, UK and Australia. My average Pinterest MVs are over 700K.

Creator of Lush Life Cocktail Tours - the original cocktail tours of London.

Founder of A Lush Life Manual and Best Bits Worldwide. award-winning drinks & luxury travel blogs. Published freelance journalist specialized in luxury travel, food and drink.

Cocktail Authority, Key note speaker and former rugby player.

Written work has been published in outlets, online and off including renowned publication such as, Grazia, Condé Nast Traveler, Mail on Sunday, Sainsbury's Magazine and Vanity Fair.

Vice-President of the Board of the British Guild of Travel Writers. L2 WSET Wine and L2 WSET Spirits qualified (passed with distinction).

Most recent awards include, Sit-Up 2019 Award for Rising Star, one of the 10 finalists for Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award 2019, finalist for Traverse Creator Awards 2019 and Saveur Magazine Blog Awards 2018 Best Drinks Blog

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I had no idea before interviewing Stacey Yates from Louisville Tourism for Lush Life Podcast that there was another cocktail that you can find at the Kentucky Derby 🏇🏻🏇🏻🏇🏻 🏇🏻 - the Oaks Lily 🌸🌸🌸 ! Find out how it's connected to the Derby and, more specifically to the Kentucky Oaks race tomorrow.... and, of course, its recipe! @kytourism⠀ ⠀ By the way, today is known as "Thurby" in Kentucky - Stacey tells as all about that on Lush Life as well! So HAPPY THURBY!!!⠀ ⠀ LINK IS IN THE BIO: 🏇🏻🏇🏻🏇🏻 🏇🏻⠀ ⠀ #TravelK #sponsored #oakslily #kentuckyoaks #minjulepmonth #cocktails #bar #thurby #mixology #mixologists #lifestyle #bourbon #mint #kentucky #kentuckyderby #churchilldowns #woodfordreserve #gardenandgun #derby #derbystyle #julep #kyderby #kyderbyathome #cocktail #cocktailrecipe #bourboncocktail #bourboncountry #deepsouth #louisville #gotolouisville

How to Drink Coole Swan Irish Cream Liqueur

I had been meaning to try Coole Swan when I saw it was named the Number 1 cream liqueur in the world by Wine Enthusiast Magazine 2020. Warm Irish Whiskey takes you into the next sip, where it all begins again Disclaimer: Some of these posts contain affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. That means that I may receive compensation if you click on these links and buy something, but, don’t worry, it won’t cost you a dime! I may receive compensation if you click on these links and buy something, but, don’t worry, it won’t cost you a dime!

And they're off....on Lush Life podcast this week, I’ve partnered with Kentucky Tourism @kytourism to bring you the first episode dedicated entirely to one iconic cocktail: the Kentucky Derby Mint Julep! 🏇🏻🏇🏻🏇🏻 Stacey Yates, from Louisville Tourism, guides us through the history of this magical combination of bourbon, mint and sugar and how it became THE cocktail of one of the most famous horse races in the world. The race is coming up on May 1, so time to practice making, and drinking, The Mint Julep. 🌿 🥃 🌿 🥃 🌿 ⠀ ⠀ On today’s episode, you will discover:⠀ ⠀ *What is the official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby Mint Julep ⠀ *Who won the first Kentucky Derby⠀ *Why the Mint Julep is served in a Silver Cup⠀ *What is in the $1000 Mint Julep ⠀ *The best way to serve the Mint Julep at home⠀ ⠀ LINK IS IN THE BIO: 🏇🏻🏇🏻🏇🏻 🏇🏻⠀ ⠀ #sponsored #TravelK #mintjulep #minjulepmonth #cocktails #bar #bartender #speakeasy #mixology #mixologists #lifestyle #bourbon #mint #kentucky #kentuckyderby #churchilldowns #woodfordreserve #gardenandgun #derby #derbystyle #julep #kyderby #kyderbyathome #cocktail #cocktailrecipe #bourboncocktail #bourboncountry #deepsouth #louisville #gotolouisville

How to Drink Italicus With Giuseppe Gallo

So I’m so excited to have you here, the person who invented Italicus with me, and I’d love to hear a little bit about how you got to the point where you even wanted to invent a new spirit or a new category. this is what it looks like, this is what it smells like, and I want to create a brand Italicus, which is going to make every single Italian that lives in Italy, or outside Italy like myself, when they are going to look the bottle, when they’re going to read the name, they’re going to say that’s an Italian brand and you’ve got to make them proud. Italicus is the only brand ever in the history which won best new product at the Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, Best European Product in Berlin, Best New Product Italy, Best New Product in Spain, Portugal, and UK in the first 10 months since the launch. Giuseppe: I didn’t believe it at the beginning when they told me coconut water, then I saw on the flavor profile of bergamot, it says that actually coconut is one of the closest flavor profiles because coconut also brings some tannins and actually they match very well.

Just found in my parents’ liquor cabinet the makings for a vintage Negroni, including a bottle of Campari that’s being sold for £200. So you bartenders out there - do I do it? Or sell those bottles and make some $$$$££££ @agodragos @eriklorincz @giorgio_bar_giani @mikey.pendergast @alessandro_palazzi ??

Lush Life Podcast Transcripts: How to Drink Avallen Calvados with Stephanie Jordan and Tim Etherington-Judge (#184)

The rule around Calvados is that everything has to take place in Calvados or the apples, the orchards, the pears must all be within Calvados. Hey, we want to make Calvados the next hot thing” and him just going,” Oh my God, some young people that know what they’re doing, please be my friend. I know you have these rules to make Calvados, but I assume that the end product tastes different or you wouldn’t have different Calvados. Avallen Calvados drunk with a tonic, ice, and a slice of apple is the simplest most delicious, refreshing thing and launching in a market like the UK, we knew that people would be ready for that kind of serve.

So happy to be drinking my first drink in an airport lounge, even though not happy about the reason I am flying. Seeing Seedlip @seedlipdrinks here is in the lounge @british_airways @americanair like having an old friend with me. Can’t believe it’s been 4 years since I interviewed Ben! @seedlip_ben and more than a year that I have been in an airport. ✈️

How to Drink Avallen with Stephanie Jordan & Tim Etherington-Judge

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As today is World Bee Day 🐝 🐝, I have to remember my former Lush Lifer Andrea Paternoster @mielithun. I just discovered that he was tragically killed in a car accident in April of this year. I met Andrea when I was eating my way throughout the Trentino region of Italy. His passion, enthusiasm, and love for every aspect of beekeeping and honey making was evident upon the first second of meeting him. He was a true master of his craft and you can taste it in every spoonful of Mieli Thun. He introduced me to the perfect Trentino breakfast - the best slice of bread with the best olive oil generously drizzled on top, and then many spoonfuls of his honey slathered on top of that.⠀ ⠀ After a life-changing honey tasting, he toasted us with his home brewed mead. I grabbed my microphone and he was thrilled to sit down with me to describe how he made this elixir in the Trentodoc style. If you want to hear it, you can find it https://alushlifemanual.com/how-to-make-the-best-drinks-in-trentino ⠀ ⠀ The obituary for Andrea in the Italian culinary magazine, Gambero Rosso, said it best, “Siamo tutti certi che Andrea è e sarà in ogni ape che ci circonda, in ogni elemento della natura e in ogni respiro vitale che anima questo mondo” (We are all certain that Andrea is and will be in every bee that surrounds us, in every element of nature and in every vital breath that animates this world.") ⠀ ⠀ Cheers to Andrea! 🐝 🐝 🐝 🐝 🐝 🐝 🐝 ⠀ ⠀ #andreapaternoster #savethebeessavetheworld⁠ #worldbeeday⁠ #blossomtobottle⁠ ⠀ #beepositive⁠ #planetpositive @visittrentino, #visittrentino, #lamiaterranonsiferma, #trentinowow #honey #thegoodofthehive #pollinatorpower #honeybees #pollinators #powertothepetal #bees

Strawberry season has begun in Pennsylvania!! Only allowed 2 pints per person! @manoffmarket thank goodness there were 2 of us! As good as they look and perfect for my Black Cow + English (via PA) Strawberry Vodka Rosie Cow cocktail @blackcowvodka. You know you can find the recipe on A Lush Life Manual and more strawberry 🍓 recipes! Link is in the bio 🍓 🍓

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