What’s on at IMBIBE LIVE 16.


After a very successful Imbibe Live 15, Bonzer® are keen to return to the show this year and create something bigger and better on the Bonzer® Stand. So this year we have extended our product range, increased the size of the stand, added a bar and included a game of #CocktailPong.

The bar will be run in conjunction with Ladies and Gentleman Bar, Kentish Town powered and by Vestal Vodka™. Following a successful collaboration with Vestal Vodka™ to launch the Heritage Range, we liked the craft spirit so much we decided to include a range of delicious vodka cocktails at the bar to quench the thirst of our visitors.

Excellent cocktails require great tools and even greater skill. For this reason we are using the excellent mixologists from Ladies and Gentlemen Bar, Kentish Town to mix up 4 great cocktails for you to try. There will be hands on demonstrations of Bonzer® Barware during the show, plus you’re more than welcome to do some mixing and shaking with the quality kit yourself!

It wouldn’t be a proper exhibition without giveaways and a competition. So with this in mind we have jumped on the beer pong trend and created our own #CocktailPong. Just throw our brand new Jerry Spring Whisk into the waiting shaker tins. If you succeed then you can keep the spring whisk to achieve a perfect foam when using egg whites. Don’t forget to take a picture and post it on social media for a chance to win bigger prizes!

All of this before we have even mentioned the great range of tools on offer to see, touch and discuss using in your bar! New products including the Jerry Spring Whisk, Telescopic Bar Spoon and Heritage Cocktail Strainers.

We look forward to seeing you on stand F118!


Bonfire Night Cocktail Recipes From Bonzer


Guy Fawkes Night is fast approaching and with it come the familiar sights and sounds of crackling fires, sparkling fireworks, and trails of smoke. At Bonzer, we always look for any excuse to fashion themed cocktails and with this in mind, we’ve decided to share some of our best Fireworks Night cocktail recipes. Whether you’re huddled around the local public bonfire, entertaining in your garden at home, or serving your customers in your establishment, these Fireworks Night cocktails will be sure to wow your guests. So without further ado, we run through our favourite Guy Fawkes Night cocktail recipes.

Old Smokey Old Fashioned

Old Smokey Old Fashioned

This smoked cocktail reinvigorates the 19th century classic and incorporates real hickory wood smoke for a true, authentic smoked flavour and an exciting visual display.

Ingredients and equipment:
● 60ml of bourbon
● 2 dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters (Angostura Bitters will also work)
● A few dashes of plain water
● 1 sugar cube
● Ice cubes or ice balls
● A portable smoker and smoking chips (ideally hickory)
● A jug or ‘pitcher’
● A decanter
● An ‘Old Fashioned’ glass or tumbler
● Take a jug or pitcher and add the bourbon, Peychaud’s Bitters, water, and the sugar cube.
● Muddle the mixture with a cocktail muddler until the sugar cube has dissolved.
● Fire up your portable smoker with the smoking chips.
● Feed the smoke into the decanter and cover, so as to not lose any smoke.
● Pour the bourbon mixture you have blended into the smokefilled decanter and swirl to mix.
● Add the ice cubes into an Old Fashioned glass or tumbler.
● Pour the smoky bourbon mixture into the glass. As you pour the drink, the smoke will overflow and spill across your bar, stunning your guests. Once it
has subsided, the smoky taste will remain, infused into the drink.

Flaming Jacko’ Lantern

Flaming Jack O Lantern Shooter

Watch the back of your throat with this one! A true winter warmer that will fuel any Fireworks Night celebrations.

Ingredients and equipment:
● 10ml of Kahlua
● 10ml of Bailey’s Irish Cream
● 10ml of white tequila
● A sprinkle of cinnamon
● 1 shot glass
● A lighter or match.
● Pour the Kahlua into the shot glass.
● Carefully layer the Bailey’s Irish Cream over the Kahlua using the Bonzer bar spoon.
● Carefully layer the tequila over the Bailey’s Irish Cream in the same way.
● Sprinkle the cinnamon on top of the tequila.
● Light the tequila on fire with a lighter or match.
Once alight, brace yourself and down this small but fiery fusion. We call this the Flaming Jacko’ Lantern as it tastes like a warm pumpkin pie. Just be careful and don’t have too many, or you’ll wake up with a very dry throat!

Gunpowder Guy ‘Charbaut’ Fawkes

Guy Fawkes Cocktail

Sparkling wine combines with Fireworks Night sparklers for a delicious and beautiful bubbly beverage.

Ingredients and equipment:
● 25ml whiskey
● 50ml cherry juice
● 20ml almond syrup (maple syrup will also work)
● A squeeze of lime
● Guy ‘Charbaut’ Reserve Brut Champagne (any champagne, prosecco, or cava will also work)
● 1 black cherry
● Ice cubes
● 1 cocktail sparkler
● 1 highball glass
● Pour the whiskey, cherry juice, almond syrup, and squeezed lime into the glass and stir.
● Add the ice cubes.
● Pour in the Guy Charbaut Reserve Brut Champagne.
● Garnish the glass with the black cherry.
● Poke the cocktail sparkler vertically through the cherry.
● Light the sparkler.
We recommend the Guy Charbaut Reserve Brut Champagne as it has a rich and spicy flavour that perfectly complements the sour cherry juice, but really any type of sparkling wine will work well. A perfect Guy Fawkes Night cocktail that is sure to set the house alight.

So, if you’re planning to play host at this year’s Bonfire Night celebrations, be sure to try out one or all of our popular cocktail recipes. We guarantee you will receive a glowing review! Let us know if you have any suggestions or if you have any Fireworks Night cocktail recipes that you think we should know about.
If you would like to find out more about our cocktail recipes, our cocktail equipment and cocktail accessories, or any of our products or services, please email sales@mitchellcooper.co.uk or call us on +44 (0)1825 765 511.

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Bonzer’s New Heritage Range Cocktail Strainers
Bonzer Christmas Cocktail Guide
Bonzer Halloween Cocktail Guide

Halloween Ice Cream Recipes – To Die For!

Set of ice cream with fantasy character face

It’s not long until Halloween’s shadow is cast upon us, and seeing as the frosts haven’t yet hit the local graveyards, we at Bonzer have decided there is still plenty of time to enjoy some chilling Halloween themed ice cream, gelato, and sorbet!
Whether you’re creating ice cream for your customers, or just for yourself and are calling it ‘gelato’ in an effort to pretend you’re not really a big kid at heart, these frightening flavours are sure to petrify your palate.
So, let’s get stuck in and run through our revolting recipes. (They’re actually delicious we promise)!

Terrifying Toffee Apple Spicy Ice Cream

Toffee Apple Icecream

This spicy toffee apple ice cream is perfect for tucking into after a productive night spent trick or treating and terrorising your neighbourhood!

Ingredients (serves 4 people):
● 290ml of full cream milk
● 300ml of double cream
● 1 vanilla pod
● 6 medium freerange egg yolks
● 175g of caster sugar
● 450g of dessert apples (cored, peeled, and chopped)
● 2 tbsp of lemon juice
● 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
● 75g of toffee pieces

● Place the milk, double cream, and vanilla pod in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
● Remove the mixture from the heat and set aside for 15 minutes.
● Strain and remove the vanilla pod.
● Whisk the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl until the mixture goes a pale colour and becomes fluffy.
● Blend in the vanilla cream and pour into a separate saucepan.
● Cook the mixture over a very low heat, constantly stirring it until it becomes thick and will coat the back of a wooden spoon.
● Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool down.
● Put the apples and lemon juice in a saucepan and cook on a low heat until they become soft.
● Stir in the spices, mash the mixture, and allow it to cool.
● Stir the apple mixture and toffee pieces into the vanilla custard and pour into a bowl.
● Freeze the mixture by following your ice cream maker manufacturer’s instructions.
● Transfer the mixture into the chilled bowl and freeze until hard.
● The ice cream is now ready to serve.

Jacko’ lantern Gelato with Spine Chilling Spices


Our Jacko’ lantern gelato is essentially like a lighter pumpkin pie ice cream, with warming autumnal spices the ideal pick me up after a night spent carving creepy pumpkins.

Ingredients (serves 5 people):
● 1 tsp of olive oil or canola oil
● 225g of fresh pumpkin flesh
● ½ litre of lowfat milk
● 40g of brown sugar
● 40g of honey
● 1 tsp of ground ginger
● ½ tsp of ground cinnamon
● ⅛ tsp of grated nutmeg
● A tiny pinch of ground cloves
● ½ a vanilla pod (split and scraped)

● Cut your pumpkin flesh into pieces and pour the olive or canola oil over them.
● Place the pieces on a baking sheet on a baking tray and cover with kitchen foil.
● Roast them in an oven at 220°C/425°F for 1 to 1 ½ hours until completely tender.
● Place the milk, sugar, and honey in a saucepan and gently simmer.
● Once simmered, remove the mixture from the heat and stir until all the sugar has dissolved.
● Transfer the mixture into a mixing bowl and whisk in the other ingredients.
● Let the mixture cool down and then place it to chill in your refrigerator.
● Freeze the mixture by following your gelato maker’s instructions.
● Transfer the mixture into the chilled bowl and freeze for 2 hours.
● The gelato is now ready to serve.

Bonechilling Blood Orange Sorbet


Bram Stoker himself would be proud of this vitamin C laden vampiric delight.
An easy to make and excellent palate cleanser, after those regular midnight feasts.

Ingredients (serves 6 people):
● 200g of caster sugar
● 600ml of freshly squeezed blood orange juice
● The juice of ½ a lemon
● 2 tbsp of Amaretto

● Place the sugar and 150ml of water into a pan and simmer for around 10 minutes until the liquid becomes like a syrup.
● Remove the syrup from the heat and allow it to cool.
● Stir the blood orange juice and lemon juice into the syrup and add the Amaretto.
● Pour the sorbet mixture into your sorbet maker and freeze it following the manufacturer’s instructions. Alternatively, you can pour the mixture into a freezersafe container , cover it with its lid and freeze it for 1 hour, then whisk it every ½ hour for 2 hours in order to break up any ice crystals.
● Scoop and serve up the sorbet what could be easier?

Here at Bonzer, we like to ensure making delicious ice cream, gelato, or sorbet is easy and fun, so try out our Halloween ice cream recipes and let us know what you think. We guarantee you will bring both fright and delight to your guests or customers and have them wanting more, forever and ever and ever!…
So, if you would like to find out more about our professional ice cream and gelato machines or any of our other products, please email sales@mitchellcooper.co.uk or call us on +44 (0)1825 765 511.

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Which Is The Best Commercial Gelato Machine For You?

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Sydney’s Bonzer® Orange Spider Web Cake

Sydney’s BONZER® Orange Spider Web Cake

Sydney's Orange BONZER® Spider Web Cake

Sydney’s Orange BONZER® Spider Web Cake

Halloween BONZER® Bake Off Results are announced!!!!!

And the Winner is SYDNEY TILEY for this terrifyingly tasty Orange Spider Web Cake – Well done Sydney!

As a Catering Equipment Manufacturer & Supplier, BONZER® couldn’t just sit back and watch the rest of the world come up with creepy creations, so the BONZER® Halloween Bake off challenge was set.

With plenty of baking tools in our warehouse, the Staff created Ghastly Ghost Mallow Meringues, Murky Mud Cakes and many more tasty treats for the lucky judges to taste.

Thanks to everyone who entered and well done to Sydney.

Fresh Take on Cocktail Mixology

We set James Travellion the task of creating healthy cocktails for the Bunzl Lockharts event at Wembley Stadium this summer. He could choose any kit from our catalogue to create a health inspired series of drinks and the kit he chose was:

Vertical Masticating Juicer Omega

Omega Vertical Juicer 

With the Vert form and function combine to give you the highest degree of extraction and the healthiest possible juice. The Vert VRT 350 also features an innovative auto cleaning system that keeps the screen clear during juicing and increases its efficiency. The contemporary design is complemented by a virtually indestructible ULTE M juicing screen that will withstand heavy duty juicing. Ideal for fast pace commercial environments, this juicer combines a contemporary styling with the technology to cater to health conscious clientele.

Bonzer Bar Kit

The bonzer® cocktail kit comprises of all the essential tools required to make the majority of classic cocktails. we asked London professional mixologists what they would include in the pack. The items in the pack are what they chose.

✓ 25 / 50 Jigger
✓ Spill-Stop Pour x 3
✓ Muddler
✓ Boston can
✓ Boston Glass
✓ Bonzer® Mixing Spoon
✓ Bonzer® Hawthrone Strainer
✓ Julep Strainer
✓ Fine bar Strainer


Zip Zester

Zip Zester

Designed to remove zest quickly and delicately, therefore preserving the natural oils within the skin which carry all the flavour, whilst ensuring none of the bitter pith is removed. The big Twist blade produces large, curly zest strands that are perfect for wrapping food, garnishing drinks, and accompanying deserts.The Little Twist blade slices elegant, long strands of zest for decoration.

Soda Splash

Soda Splash

The Soda Splash is a new innovation that uses CO2 chargers to carbonate water, fruit juices, alcohols etc. You can turn tap water into carbonated water in a matter of minutes.

The difference to other systems is that all the ingredients are poured directly into the bottle and are well carbonated, whereas in other systems only water is fizzed up which then get’s mixed with syrups etc. in an extra glass. with less CO2 (a standard 8g CO2 cartridge) we achieve a much better carbonation because we lose nothing by stirring or mixing.