Bigging up Birmingham bars with Matt Arnold

We've packed a lot into this week's episode, so sorry not sorry that it's a little longer than most…

We start with a tasting of Aber Falls Single Malt Whisky from Wales and continue with Brugal 1888 Double Aged Rum from the Dominican Republic, while our pick of the week on the book front is 'Signature Cocktails' by Amanda Schuster.

Instead of one bar review, we have seven from a recent visit to Venice. There's a mix of historic and modern, all recommended for the next time you visit The Floating City.

From northeastern Italy, we head to the middle of the UK where we catch up with World Class GB winner Matt Arnold. We hear from him about why he's on a mission to put Birmingham on the global map and to recap on his experience at the recent World Class Global Finals in São Paulo.

For more from The Cocktail Lovers, visit

For the products featured in this episode, see websites below:

What we're mixing:


45ml Gold rum

22.5ml cognac or pisco

60ml freshly squeezed orange juice

30ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

15ml orgeat syrup


Blend all ingredients with crushed ice and serve in a Collins glass. Garnish with a slice of orange and mint sprig.


Aber Falls Single Malt Whisky

Brugal 1888 Double Aged Rum

Passing Fancies

Signature Cocktails by Amanda Schuster

Italian Bars:


Arts Bar

Experimental Cocktail Club

Bar Longhi at The Gritti Palace

Harry's Bar Venice

Osteria I Rusteghi

The Library Bar at Nolinski Venezia

Venice Cocktail Week

The Cocktail Lovers theme music is by Travis 'T-Bone' WatsonEdited by Christian Fox

Hosted on Acast. See for more information.