Supplier Spotlight: Amathus Drinks
Here at the Handle Bar, we like to know that what we’re serving is as sustainable and ethically produced as it is delicious. To do so we rely on local suppliers we can trust.
David Floyd had been suppling drinks for the Handle Bar and BRICK for many years and has been a friend for even longer. He is the Oxfordshire account manager for family owned drinks suppliers, Amathus Drinks and knows that when it comes to beverages, team Handle Bar are thirsty for drinks that have been made with care.
‘Celine and Eric want to be a bit different to everyone else,’ says David. ‘It helps to have something that you’re not going to see in every single bar. They want to show that they’re independent and they don’t go for the major brands. A good back story doesn’t hurt either.’
We asked him to pick out some of the most exciting drinks Le Bar has to offer and here is the definitive list.
Karma Cola is relatively new to the UK market, but a quick Instagram search indicates that it’s quickly growing in popularity in celebrity circles. As the name might suggest, it’s an ethically produced cola flavoured soft drink. Karma Cola is made with Fairtrade Organic cane sugar and real cola nut grown by the Mende & Temme people of Sierra Leone and proceeds from each bottle go to the growers families. You can see a great mini doc about the drink here.
Leading the way for sustainably produced rums, Ron Barceló has claimed the title of first and only rum to reach carbon neutral status. This has been achieved because of a thorough revision to their production methods and implementation of new measures to reduce emissions: introducing the use of renewable energy (solar and biomass), reusing and recycling manufacturing waste, introducing eco-friendly packaging, giving preference to suppliers who recycle, and offsetting their unreducable emissions through a global offsetting programme. We are extremely proud to call it our house rum.
We have three different types of mezcals in the bar, all from single village estates and small producers. As the spirit is becoming ever popular, we endeavour to champion the people who have been perfecting the recipe for centuries. We use Del Maguey in our Meztang cocktail, not just because it tastes great but also because of their commitment to responsible cultivation strategies, reforestation projects and support in creating long-term sustainable communities to grow alongside the mounting popularity of artisan mezcal.
David reckons Calle 23 is the best tasting spirit in the bar, and it’s equally revered by tequila enthusiasts and bartenders alike. Despite the tequila market being an extremely male dominated market, Calle 23 was set up by French biochemist Sophie Decobecq. She came to Mexico to study fermentation at the research centre of Polytechnics Institute in Mexico City and quickly fell in love with the country. She also developed a fascination with the agave spirit and applied her biochemistry background and in depth knowledge of fermentation to create one of the most talked about tequilas on the market.
Simply reading about our drinks will not do them justice! Why don’t you stop by Le Bar and give them a try? We’re open 5-11, Wednesday-Saturday.