Spirits & Cocktails

Rising up: spirits and wine sales have soared by 5% since last year

WSTA: gin and fizz are bolstering British pubs

By Nikkie Sutton

Wine and spirit sales in UK pubs account for more than one third (36%) of the value of alcohol sold, worth almost £6bn to pubs, according to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

Can rum topple gin? James Lawrence from English Spirit prsented a potted history on the growth of English rum

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Can rum compete with gin?

By Stuart Stone

James Lawrence from small batch distillers English Spirit gave The Morning Advertiser’s Spirit Summit the lowdown on the rise of English rum and his thoughts on how rum can compete with gin.

Peak pink? According to David T Smith, the pink gin craze is here to stay

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The thing about pink gin

By Stuart Stone

Independent spirits writer, consultant and gin specialist David T Smith discusses where pink gin came from, where it is now, and where it's going, at the Spirits Summit (2 October) today.

Taste success: coming up with alternative serves for whisky can help pubs sell more of the spirit, according to experts

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Whisky drinkers’ image needs to change to help drive category

By Nikkie Sutton

The old-school traditional image of a whisky drinker being an older gentleman with a pipe, sipping on the spirit next to a fire must drastically change in order to boost whisky sales, according to two spirits companies.

Changing experiences: Tom Mallett from Kantar World Panel discussed the evolution of on-trade and off-trade alcohol consumption

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How are visits to the on-trade changing?

By Stuart Stone

Kantar World Panel consumer insight director Tom Mallett discussed ways in which the on-trade can compete with the £13.29bn off-trade at The Morning Advertiser’s Spirit Summit at The Yard in Shoreditch, London.

On the up: Jonny Jones from CGA highlighted the spirits categories that are showing growth

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Gin is showing no signs of slowing

By Nikkie Sutton

The spirit on everyone’s lips at the moment, gin will continue its growth in the on-trade, according to data experts.

What is it? experts try to define craft

Can we define craft?

By Nicholas Robinson

The word 'craft' is bandied around so often it’s hard to know what is and what is not craft. Harder still is the fact few, the drinks industry in particular, work towards a standard when defining something as craft.

Increase in reports: incidents involving drinks being spiked are rising (image credit: monkeybusinessimages/gettyimages.co.uk)

What can pubs do to prevent drink spiking?

By Nikkie Sutton

Pubs should encourage customers to moderate their drinking and consider specific training for their staff in a bid to reduce the risk of punters getting their drinks spiked, according to an alcohol charity.

The only way is up: gin sales rocket further than ever

Brits chug back record amounts of gin

By Nicholas Robinson

Brits have sloshed back 60m bottles of gin in the past 12 months, worth £1.6bn, according to the latest figures from the Wine & Spirits Trade Association (WSTA).

Join us: Spirits Summit to be held in London on 2 October

Get a full measure of the spirits category

By Nicholas Robinson

Pink gin, whisky, alcohol-free ‘spirits’ and the rise of English rum are just a handful of the topics we’re exploring at this year’s Spirits Summit at the Yard, Shoreditch, in London on 2 October.

Up or down: is vodka still a strong performer in the on-trade?

In association with Diageo

Vodka is the biggest, but what's next?

By Nicholas Robinson

Spirits giant vodka is holding its own in an increasingly busy drinks market that is dominated by ongoing chattering about sister white spirit gin. While vodka has a lot going for it, producers understand there are areas where its performance could be...