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RECAP: UKBG at Cocktails in the City July with Ryukyu 1429 & MZero

This Summer, we partnered with Authentic Ryukyu Awamori, RYUKYU1429 and Amaro MZero for Cocktails in the City, Drinks Trust’s annual fundraising series to support their benevolence work in the hospitality industry. This year’s theme was the ‘World of Cocktails’ in which each zone of the festival is dedicated to a different country.

We built the ‘Japanese Village’ – palm trees, ocean breeze and the flavours of Okinawa and Calabria with a menu of cocktails made with Authentic Ryukyu Awamori, RYUKYU1429 and Amaro MZero.

Giulio Amodio, Bar Manager of the iconic China Tang at the Dorchester Hotel, RYUKYU1429’s Global Brand Ambassador, and owner of Amaro MZero, was our Head Barman, and mixologist behind our menu. As well as serving up every day of the festival, he also gave a series of talks focussing on Japanese spirit categories and beverage culture, the history of Awamori – and how it’s flavour profile can be used in a great many recipes.

On a sadder note, this was one of the last times we would see UKBG friend, legendary barman and inspiration to the industry, Douglas Ankrah, who passed away suddenly, shortly after July’s CITC. Douglas was known as the inventor of the Pornstar Martini, and as mighty character throughout hospitality. We will miss you dearly, sir.


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We captured the whole day, courtesy of Makers Photography – pretty mich our official photographers, for many years! Check out the gallery and our video below!

Our menu:

Kanpai Punch


  • 60ml Ryukyu 1429 Tsuchi
  • 60ml Sake,
  • 30ml white vermouth
  • 50ml fresh mango juice
  • Macerated seasonal fruits.

“Inspired by the #Okinawa shoreline it reminded me of being in the balearics and that led me to a sangria, punch style drink but easy to describe it as an Asian Sangria.” – Giulio


Mizu Margarita

  • 50ml Ryukyu1429 Mizu
  • 20ml yuzu and green tea sherbet
  • 15ml fresh lime
  • Seawater spray

“Full bodied citrus, light tannin, grassy vegetal finish. It was interesting to show how easy it is use Awamori using a category not familiar to our taste profile and using asian flavours, how flavour the versatile the product is.” – Giulio


Healing Highball

“Deceptively complex, silky mouth feel with a light sweetness, effervescent with a light saltiness at the end – you will keep coming back to this drink.” – Giulio



Photo Gallery

Our awesome video and photo spread were created by the very awesome Makers Photography – our go-to for all our beverage and competition-related events.

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