Spirits & Cocktails

Undue emphasis: Independent Complaints Panel found Dead Man's Fingers did not breach any codes

Complaint against Dead Man's Fingers not upheld

By Rebecca Weller

A complaint by a member of the public against Dead Man’s Fingers (DMF) Super Spiced Rum and Dead Man’s Fingers Tequila Reposado was not upheld by the alcohol industry’s Independent Complaints Panel (ICP).

CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker: average sales down 1% vs 2019 in the seven days to Saturday 9 July (Credit: Getty/william87)

Drinks sales down 1% vs 2019

By Rebecca Weller

Average sales by in Britain’s managed pubs, bars, and restaurants in the seven days to Saturday 9 July were 1% down on the same week in 2019, the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker has shown.

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FEATURE: Make spirits and wine work for you

By Gary Lloyd

You’ve got your lovely range of craft beers, scrumptious cask ales and ever-popular mainstream pints and cracking ciders on the bar but something’s missing… sort out your spirits and wines and you’ve pretty much got it perfect.

CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker: sales 3% down compared with 2019 in week to 2 July (Credit: Getty/AleksandarNakic)

Drink sales down 3% vs 2019

By Rebecca Weller

Average sales by value in Britain’s managed venues in the seven days to Saturday (2 July) were 3% down on the same week in 2019, according to the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker.

New products: Smirnoff, Greenall's and Beavertown feature in this weeks round up


New serves from Smirnoff and Greenall's

By Rebecca Weller

Smirnoff launches a new berry flavoured serve and Greenall's gin goes tropical as well as new products from Beavertown, Burleighs, Brighton Gin, Mr Black Rum and Terlingham Vineyards in this weeks round up.

Funkin Cocktails shows cocktail opportunities for on-trade operators

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Capitalise on cocktails to increase margins

By Funkin Cocktails marketing director Ben Anderson

Funkin Cocktails’ marketing director Ben Anderson looks at CGA’s newly released mixed drinks report and considers the opportunities for on-trade venues.

Do consumers still love gin?

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Sparks are still flying in our love affair with gin

By Kate Blake, senior category strategy manager, Diageo

Brits have had a long love affair with gin, which we believe could be due to the versatility of the liquid as well as its increasingly accessible flavour profiles.

New products round-up: Kopparberg and Black Sheep Brewery release new serves


Kopparberg announces new serve with twist

By Rebecca Weller

This weeks new products round up is led by Kopparberg, offering a fruity new serve with a twist, alongside new products from Black Sheep Brewery, Urchin Spirits, Eight Lands and Burleighs.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In podcast episode 42

The Lock In Podcast

Can pubs shake up the cocktail market?

By Ed Bedington

The Lock In team look to shake things up when it comes to cocktails, and take a look at how pubs and bars can up their game when it comes to tapping into the growing cocktail sector.

Sales of rum in the on trade see 1.7% growth: UK rum market now third largest in the world (Credit: Getty/andresr)

UK rum market is now third largest in the world

By Rebecca Weller

The UK rum market saw gains of 1.7% in the on trade to January 2022 when compared with 2019 and has become the third largest rum market in the world, according to a recent report by the Campari Group UK.

Molson Coors supports hospitality category

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Beer & beyond: Why Molson Coors is finding new ways to support its customers

By Martyn Cozens, UK on-trade director at Molson Coors

It’s been a testing couple of years for the hospitality sector and, as we emerge from the pandemic and face other economic challenges, there’s never been a more important time for pubs and their suppliers to support each other.

A good week for gin enthusiasts: Bombay Sapphire, Whitley Neill and Edinburgh Gin all release new variants in this weeks new products round up


Bombay Sapphire and Whitley Neill announce new gins

By Rebecca Weller

A good week for gin enthusiasts as this weeks round up features four new flavours from Bombay Sapphire, Whitley Neill and Edinburgh Gin while Northern Monk expands into the soft drinks category and other new products from Thatchers Cider, Hardys, Salford...

A week of ups and downs: average drinks sales hovered just below pre-pandemic sales in the week to 2 April (Credit: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

Drinks sales down 2% in the week to 2 April

By Rebecca Weller

Average drinks sales by value in Britain’s managed pubs, bars and restaurants were 2% down in the seven days to Saturday 2 April when compared with the same week in 2019, the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker has shown.

Bottling the magic of the sea: Hendrick's new gin is inspired by the coastal walks and sound of the waves in Scotland


Hendrick's and Greenall's launch new gins

By Rebecca Weller

The drinks sector has been gearing up for summer this week with a new coastal-themed gin from Hendrick's and a new fruity offering from Greenall's launched alongside new products from Sheperd Neame, Galipette, Chandon, San Pellegrino, Coastal...

Punishing losses: Gin sales in the UK decreased from £2.7bn in 2019 to £1.9bn in 2020 (Credit: Getty/FluxFactory)

Gin sales see nearly £1bn decline

By Rebecca Weller

Gin sales in the UK dropped by almost £1bn in value, decreasing from £2.7bn in 2019 to £1.9bn in 2020 following various lockdowns and pub closures, according to figures from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

Something for your pub? Gins, a rum and beer launches make up this week’s round-up

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BrewDog and Whitley Neill roll out new gins

By Gary Lloyd

Spirits from BrewDog, Whitley Neill and One-Eyed Rebel and beers from Lakedown, Bellfield and Vocation make up the latest new product launches this week.

Opening plans: Nightcap CEO Sarah Willingham (credit: Nicky Johnston)

The Cocktail Club Cardiff opening in May

By Gary Lloyd

Nightcap, the owner of The Cocktail Club, the Adventure Bar Group and the Barrio Familia group of bars, is set to open a The Cocktail Club site in Cardiff in early May.

Has gin fallen out of favour with consumers?

Has the gin bubble burst?

By Ed Bedington

After what has seemed like a never-ending boom, it looks like the rapacious consumer demand for gin appears to be tailing off.

Hot trends: shandies are among Pritesh Mody's predictions for drinks you should look to serve in spring and summer

Are people drinking differently when out and about now?

By Pritesh Mody, World of Zing Cocktails

Perhaps more recognisable as the cocktails mixologist on Channel 4 TV show Sunday Brunch, World of Zing Cocktails founder Pritesh Mody gives his thoughts on how cocktails are faring in the on-trade and offers his advice on what to expect and what you...

Pushing forwards: One Gin is targeting staff and product expansion

Gin producer smashes fundraising target

By Gary Lloyd

Ethical gin producer One Gin has smashed its fundraising target as it seeks to expand its sales team to reach more on-trade business, develop a vodka and non-alcoholic spirit, ramp up marketing and launch a new sustainable bottle while helping to fund...

Try this serve at your site: cocktail favourite the Shamrock Highball

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Serve of the month – the Shamrock Highball

By Gary Lloyd

This cocktail from Britvic is simple yet elegant. It uses orchard fruits and the addition of honey adds sweetness to a boisterous Irish whiskey. Serve it in your venue.

On-trade sales of Tequila rise by 106% in a year: total value sales for the year rose from £68.12m to £140.6m (Credit: Getty/ GMVozd)

Tequila sales increase by 106%

By Rebecca Weller

Sales of Tequila in the on-trade have increased by 106% in the past year with total value sales for the year rising from £68.12m to £140.6m, according to CGA data.

Bartending is a real skill: the rise in desire for cocktails is expected to continue for quite some time (Credit: Getty/gruizza)

Pubs advised keeping cocktails simple is key

By Rebecca Weller

The rise in consumers’ desire for cocktails “will go on for quite some time” but the industry needs to take the art of cocktail making “very seriously”, according to some of the top cocktail bars across the country.

In the week to Saturday 5 February drinks sales were 3% below the same period in 2020: however sales of spirits were up 16% (Credit: Getty/Maren Caruso)

Vote now: Have you seen an increase in spirits sales?

By Rebecca Weller

In the week to Saturday 5 February, average drinks sales in Britain’s managed pubs, bars and restaurants were 3% below the same period in 2020, however, sales of spirits have continued to soar, according to the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker.

Top 50 cocktail bars set to be announced

Top 50 Cocktail Bars set to be revealed

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The best cocktail bars in the business are due to be revealed as The Morning Advertiser prepares for the announcement of the Top 50 Cocktail Bars list for 2022.

New launches: a number of drinks products have recently been unveiled

The first drinks launches of 2022

By The Morning Advertiser

The first few days of 2022 have seen a variety of new drinks launched including beer, wine and spirits.