Author Archives: Ryan Duvenage

About Ryan Duvenage

Ryan is an award-winning bartender, trainer and consultant for the Barcode Bar Academy and an enthusiastic ambassador of good drinks. His areas of interests include classic cocktails, cocktail history, wine, spirits and beer. Occasionally coffee too but only at a civilised hour...he is not interested in early mornings. Other interests include guitar, music, books, bodyboarding and travel. He regularly writes about drinks, bars and cocktail culture for several blogs and websites and has contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers including Mudl Magazine, The Independent on Saturday, SA Chef!, Food and Home and Men’s Health as well as being featured on several television shows.

Bacardi Legacy 2014: The Santorini Cocktail

  I’m lucky enough to have travelled to a fair number of places around the world but few hold as special a place for me as Greece. From the history and culture to the landscapes, the people and the laid-back … Continue reading

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The Rum Diaries: Take 2

So due to my dismal failure at regularly updating this blog, it just so happens that the Rum Diaries gets to pick up just where it left off – with me preparing for a South African national final of the … Continue reading

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Bacardi Legacia 2013: The Rum Diaries

The Bacardi Legacy Competition challenges the best contemporary bartenders in the world to create balanced, refreshing, appealing and enduring drinks that will become part of the illustrious Bacardi Cocktail Legacy alongside classics such as the Daiquirí and the Mojito. Barcode … Continue reading

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The HeART of Bartending

I’m sure many of you might have seen the latest video doing the rounds on Youtube – Shit Bartenders Say. If you haven’t, look it up…it’s a satirical and funny look at the pretentious and ridiculous side of the modern … Continue reading

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World Class Gin Month

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Following on from last month’s vodka category, the World Class team have been training bartenders all over the country on Gin, specifically Tanqueray and Tanqueray 10. The Barcode team once again had the opportunity to judge the World Class entries … Continue reading

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World Class Cocktails

The Barcode Durban team spent yesterday afternoon with Brandhouse Mixologist Alex Farnell, making and judging the entries into the first round of the newly launched World Class South Africa program. Continue reading

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Barcode’s 2012 Drinking Resolutions

Barcode’s selection of the best ways for you to drink better, smarter and safer in 2012! Continue reading

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Boat Drinks…

Ryan Duvenage talks about gangsters, tiki and boat drinks in the Carribean Continue reading

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Ice…the Dutch Kills way…

Fantastic video from the Dutch Kills team, Sasha Petraske’s neo-speakeasy in New York. Milk & Honey, one of Petraske’s other bars was one of the first western places to start bringing ice to the forefront of modern mixology and Dutch … Continue reading

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I’ll take a Manhattan…

“The Martini’s all well and good – but the Manhattan is the true mecca for the serious mixologist” – Naren Young Click on the link below for a comprehensive run-down of one of the all time great cocktails courtesy of … Continue reading

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