How was buveur founded?
buveur was founded by two childhood friends, Sam and I. One day, I sent Sam a message with an idea: “I want to create the perfect bottled Old Fashioned.” Sam’s reply? “That’s not actually a terrible idea…” And from there, the idea grew. With Sam’s impeccable eye for design and my bartending expertise, that idea became buveur…
How does your cocktail-making process work?
Our cocktails are all made by hand in London, and although the spoon is a lot bigger and the shaker too big to pick up, the process is basically the same. We simply mix great spirits with great ingredients to precise measurements and bottle them for our drinkers to enjoy at home.
What inspires your drinks?
Our drinks are inspired by the original hotel bar recipes and the bartenders that created them. We’re inspired by the places where the bartender knew your name, wore white gloves and always ensured your drink was made just how you like it.
Tell us about your collaborations with your British suppliers.
Like any bartender, we’re only as good as the ingredients we use. Our suppliers are the best Britain has to offer, and we are immensely proud of the relationships we have with them. When we started, they put a huge amount of trust in letting an unknown brand use their products, and it is one of the most gratifying parts of the job so far to see that trust repaid by helping to introduce new customers to their work, showcasing their talents and putting new British spirits and ingredients on the map.
Why is sustainability important to buveur, and what measures do you take to be as sustainable as possible?
Sustainability is at the core of buveur. Making cocktails can be a bit wasteful at times, with fresh citrus thrown away, huge amounts of ice used and plastic discarded. We believe that you don’t need to sacrifice quality to be kinder to the planet, which is what we have worked towards since day one. All of our packaging is fully recyclable, we use recycled glass, we strive to ensure all the packaging used in our processes is either carbon neutral or part of a “closed loop”, and we even have our used coffee grounds collected and recycled into sustainable fuel by bio-bean Limited.