Spirits & Cocktails

Budget opportunity: the on-trade is making an appeal to Chancellor Philip Hammond


Supermarket vodka sold at less than 50p per measure

By Stuart Stone

Research by The Morning Advertiser and figures from CGA Insight detailing average on-trade pricing have revealed that supermarket vodka is being sold at the equivalent of less than 50p per single measure.

Tax freeze: the Wine & Spirit Trade Association is calling on the Government to stop a rise in duty (image credit: puhhha/gettyimages.co.uk)

Tax Equality

Gin costs 514% more in pubs than in supermarkets

By Nikkie Sutton

The average cost of a 25ml measure of ‘standard’ gin costs over 500% more in the on-trade than it is in the off-trade due to significant financial pressures, according to The Morning Advertiser research.

Changing times: could serving drinks in a glass be something of the past?

7 ways not to serve cocktails

By Nikkie Sutton

Drinkers have taken to social media to air their frustration at being served drinks, including cocktails, in vessels other than glasses.

Gin protest: the WSTA voices concern ahead of the Budget

Gin boom to be affected by tax increase

By Robert Mann

Britain’s booming £2bn gin industry shows no signs of slowing down and now gin makers across the country have united to call on the Chancellor to freeze spirit duty.

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

Spirits Summit

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

Spirits Summit

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.