Beverage consultant based in Berlin, trained in Edinburgh, born in Atlanta. Available for botanical advice, brewing & distilling queries, stock-the-bar projects, custom cocktails, custom infusions, or however I can advise your own unique project. 

BOTANICAL CONSULTING
Sprouting from recipe development in thesis research and a moderate green thumb, I have a strong knowledge and passion for botanical contributions in spirits (both modern and classic). Email me with the subject heading “Botanicals” and let’s chat about plants and liquor.

STOCK-THE-BAR CONSULTATIONS
Perhaps you are setting up your first home bar and overwhelmed by the liquor aisle; maybe you are tired of your current bar stock and looking for something new to try. With a personal Boozehound consultation, I will evaluate your tastes and goals, then recommend the best beers and/or spirits for your preference from a wide range of sources. Home enthusiasts and bar trade welcome to enquire. Email me with the subject heading “Stock the Bar” for further information and rates.

CUSTOM COCKTAILS
Custom cocktails are a uniquely personal touch for any party or gathering – let me help you plan the right one for you and your guests’ tastes. Whether for a wedding or graduation celebration, or something more intimate like a birthday, anniversary, or dinner party, we will something delicious for your celebrations. Party planners and bar trade welcome to enquire. Email me with the subject heading “Custom Cocktails” for further information and rates.

CUSTOM INFUSIONS
One step further than a custom cocktail (and that will last a bit longer too!) is a custom infusion. Get in touch to create a personalised infusion recipe to your taste – a delicious infusion provides you with a signature drink, as well as a twist on classic cocktails to impress your guests! Custom infusions also make excellent gifts for any occasion. Interested parties and bar trade welcome to enquire. Email me with the subject heading “Custom Infusions” for further information and rates.

Cheers!

Anne Rogers Riddell

KICKSTARTER & WRITING ACHIEVEMENTS

In 2015, I led a successfully-funded and executed Kickstarter project named Berlin Boozehound Spirit Infusion Kits. The project was composed of four separate kits:

  • Alpha Gin, a classic London Dry style gin
  • Noble Gin, a hopped gin using Tettnang hops
  • Voyager Rum, a spiced dark rum with a blend of warm herbs
  • Rosa Mate, a sweet tea vodka infusion inspired by Berlin & Club Mate

Each kit contained organic botanicals, a 700ml bottle with a custom label to display your infusion, a funnel, filter paper to strain the infusion, easy-to-follow instructions, and a unique cocktail card. I devised the botanical recipes & overall concept, while the artistic direction & visual design were handled by Brent Riddell and German translation & marketing was managed by Harry Keller. Currently, Alpha, Noble, & Voyager kits are available via Etsy; Rosa Mate was a Kickstarter exclusive blend.

In 2014, I wrote my Brewing & Distilling MSc thesis “Development of a commercial gin recipe incorporating sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) purée, using a trial-and-error sensory technique” to complete my degree at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. This thesis project honed my talents in recipe development for spirits, particularly for the requested specifications of a gin that would be juniper-led and replacing the traditional citrus peel with locally-sourced sea buckthorn. The sea buckthorn berry has been traditionally prized as a health additive for its high antioxidant levels and beneficial flavonols & phenolic compounds; it provides a tart complement to the classic gin recipe.

In 2013, I wrote a literary review of the chemical properties of absinthe components, particularly the often misunderstood and incorrectly maligned compound thujone. This review included a discussion of the historical and current European Union definitions of absinthe.