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Monday, 29 January 2018 19:33

Happy 1st Birthday to SPEAKEASYHACKER !

Although fiber can  help lower your  blood sugar and blood pressure levels, prevent inflammation and protect heart health, it can also reduce the lipoprotein or "bad" cholesterol levels. The cynarin in artichokes increases bile production in your liver, which in turn rids cholesterol from your body.

The artichoke  is described as a garden plant in the 8th century BC by Homer and Hesiod. The naturally occurring variant of the artichoke, the cardoon (Cynara cardunculus), which is native to the Mediterranean area,   it also has records of use as a food among the ancient Greeks and Romans.

In the Mediterranean and North Afrika where it was first spread it is been used in many dishes as casseroles but often eaten raw for best nutritional results. Today’s story has no significant nutritional value but lots of calories …

Hacker, when behind the bar plays and experiments .On this occasion hacker made a velvety artichoke syrup where 2 cl of this and 6 cl Diplomatico Exclusiva rum, with few equal dashes of Bitter truth’s  roots and grapefruit were stirred to compile many(!) rum old fashioned cocktails to celebrate our WWW.SPEAKEASYHACKER.COM  1ST birthday celebration with all the people involved ! It was pizzas, cocktails and lots of funny stories. Enjoy and thank you for visiting us!


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Just Google rum ambassador and the name comes first! No need for introductions to the rum Guru, global ambassador of rum Ian Burrell. And what a story he made!

He started the drama school while a friend encouraged him to try be behind the bar. Being once a basketball player, a hip hop artist, a TV presenter and more...., when placed behind the bar, all these charismas and talents navigated him to elevate himself and to dreams come true!

He spreads the word rum to all corners of the world and shares experiences with everyone as his mission is unique. ' As a rum ambassador I travel the world promoting the category of rum by way of trade & consumer rum tastings ; Cocktail demonstrations for bartenders and the public ; TV presenting ; MCing and hosting rum events ; Judging cocktail competitions; Consulting for rum companies and brands; writing articles and most importantly drinking rums'.

His passion for rum and cocktails is infectious and in 2007 he not only created the world’s first international Rum festival (The UK RumFest), he also inspired the birth of rum festivals around the world including Miami, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Prague, Hong Kong and Cape Town. Described as an  “Edu-tainer”, he is in constant demand by rum companies and organisations to give key note speeches, rum tastings, cocktail presentations and demonstrations to trade & consumers alike.

He is definitely an inspiration to all in the bartender’s world not only for his success story and his sphere of activities but as a knowledgeable rum connoisseur and a persona with a smile to embrace the whole world!



As we understood from Ian Burrell, although rum has still a way to develop its audience and teach them on how to understand what they consume, the producers also use so many different methods of production worldwide. There are so many different rules and regulations, everyone has a different interpretation of rum. There will be developments in this area and countries will introduce ways to classify production methods and correct labeling. Rum will take its proper course like Champagne or Cognac in France, and so will the rum of Barbados, the rum of Jamaica made in a specific way and labeled accordingly so that the rum production worldwide can stand at its right posture.

At the interview with Speakeasyhacker, Ian Burrell announced that he is planning a European Rum tour called Rum DnC. (Rum demonstration & cocktails). This tour is directed to personally educate bartenders about the current trends in rum and cocktails.  During this tour he will be working with some of the top bartenders in Europe as his special guests for over 8 months and they will visit cities such as Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Athens, Nicosia and Warsaw. No doubt Speakeasyhacker will have another article on this.

Another great idea coming soon from Ian is the project for the world launch of his Tiki Mug. This will be created by the famous French ceramist and Tiki designer "Bai”. We quote a message of her philosophy 'What Baï loves in this universe is an absence of elitism… Tiki is a way to create an escape from the monotony of everyday life, everyone can create their own Tiki universe at home’. Bai's design for the global rum ambassador, Ian Burrell is based on the God called "Hattiki" which is the Tiki God of Hip Hop & Rum

And ’I love rum and cheers' from Ian with that big smile on his face!



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Saturday, 13 January 2018 18:35

Say No To A Straw !


Inspired by an underwater photo, THE SPEAKEASYHACKER team unveiled a a whole brainstorming chapter.


The powerful photo, named “sewage surfer”, was taken near Indonesia's Sumbawa Island by California-based photographer Justin Hofman, who was shortlisted for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year by UK’s Natural History Museum Sept 2017. It needs no text!

The photographer shared his work on his personal Instagram account, and describes it as a photo he wished didn’t exist. “But now that it does I want everyone to see it.”  


What is this world we are leading ! So much it’s been written and yet so much needs to be done on the planet. So many quotes but such little action on campaigns. Hacker on a note of World preservation joined the movement and greets Vivienne Westwood’s initiative to back the anti straw campaign in the US.

We support and work by the side of ‘‘THE LAST STRAW’ and dedicate the SPEAKEASYHACKER team to promote the ‘ Say no to a straw’ throughout !

Do you need a straw in your Gin and tonic or your soft drink? Change your 20 minute affair with your plastic coffee cup and a plastic straw almost twice a day! Use no straw or demand a paper straw instead! You as a bartender, create drinks without straws, you as a waitor, the barista serve paper straws only if asked. And you as a consumer………..make the change!








‘Like other plastics, they never biodegrade and take hundreds of years to break down. 

‘500 million straws are used and discarded every day in the United States alone. That’s 175 Billion a year filtering into landfills (environment) and littering our waterways and oceans’

‘70 million plastic straws entering landfill or making their way into the world’s oceans each year’

Say no to a straw at the bar, at the coffee shop and everywhere. Help reduce as plastic straws are not often recycled and plastic straws will remain in the environment for decades or even hundreds of years. Paper straws are easier to recycle and , by contrast, will eventually rot down.



Hacker challenges reputable and award winning establishments, bars restaurants, hotels, coffee shops, catering institutions, professional associations, hotel and tourism organizations and all individuals to join this campaign, SAY NO TO A STRAW!





P.S. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There are many alternatives to the Plastic Straw. Products listed below are great alternatives and we have provided links to their websites to help you make the change.:


Aardvark Straws: Paper straws rigid enough not to break down in your drink. Made in the USA from renewable resources, biodegradable & 100% compostable. Aardvark

Be Organic: Be Organic Glass Straws are an eco-friendly, tasteful alternative to wasteful, traditional plastic straws. They a major boon to the sustainability movement that is gathering steam worldwide and on the mystical Island of Bali, where the straws are made.

Glass Dharma Straws: Glass Drinking Straws offered in various styles and lengths for every type of beverage (hot and cold). Dishwasher safe and fully guaranteed. Glass Dharma

Simply Straws: Reusable glass straws, sustainable, durable, lifetime guarantee and handcrafted in California. Simply

Strawsome Straws: Reusable glass straws are all hand-made in Michigan. Fun, safe, and reusable glass drinking straws to people of all ages – making it easy to go green!

Eco at Heart Stainless Steel Straws: Products that are beautiful, high quality and kind to both you and the environment. Because we only get one body, and one planet.

Eco-Straws:”The Original Eco-Friendly Drinking Straws”, offering a wide range of unique, reusable and super stylish alternatives. eco-straws are manufactured from an array of practical and sustainable materials allowing them to be used time and time again including; Stainless Steel, Borosilicate Glass, Natural Bamboo and Titanium.

Stainless Steel Straws: The Mulled Mind. Innovative products made by hand in the USA and shipped in recycled or reused materials.

Titanium Straws: Made of food grade titanium, which is tasteless, odorless, does not corrode, is non-allergenic (to most of the world), and has an excellent weight to tensile strength ratio.

Bamboo Straws: The straws are made from real whole bamboo stalks – nothing recompressed or processed. They are washable and reusable.

Bambu Straws: Reusable bamboo straws are durable, beautiful and cut from nature.

Straw Free: The creators of have developed an eco-friendly alternative to plastic straws — bamboo straws. Each straw is unique and handcrafted using locally harvested bamboo.

Life Without Plastic: An Earth-friendly on-line store specializing in unique, healthy, durable, high quality alternatives to plastic for everyday household items.

Ice Straws: Make your own straws in the freezer. The mold is made of food-grade silicone rubber and will quickly make six 8-inch straws of whatever liquid you like.

Silicone Straws: Non-toxic, food-grade silicone is a healthy alternative to chemical-laden plastic. GreenPaxx Cool Straws™ are BPA-, phthalate- and PVC-free.

Khordz: Creators of individual, hand crafted, multi-purposed drink ware with the individual and the environment in mind.

Disgarded Designs: A family owned company that specializes in recycling and re-purposing goods, born from a desire to reduce waste and live a greener, healthier life.


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