Spirits & Cocktails

My Pub Garden: the Castle Inn, Lulworth, Dorset

In association with Fever-Tree

My Pub Garden: ‘This is how we created a G&T Garden’

By Nicholas Robinson

Set in the idyllic Dorset countryside, the Castle Inn, in Lulworth, has a sprawling garden and a terrace ripe for drinking a quenching gin and tonic. But general manager David Hargreaves-Putt explains there’s even more going on beyond the pub’s boundaries.

Not so secret gardens: turn your beer garden into a G&T Garden

In association with Fever-Tree

How to create your own Gin Garden of Eden

By Nicholas Robinson

It is no surprise the once humble gin and tonic is in steep growth, buoyed by increasing demand for exciting premium tonics, the proliferation of which has undoubtedly helped kick-start the gin revolution. So why aren’t we celebrating this enchanting...

How you like: drinkers told not to worry about how they drink their whiskey

Drink whiskey ‘any damn way you want’

By Nicholas Robinson

That's the advice of Jim Beam’s straight-talking head distiller Fred Noe, speaking on a visit to the UK from JB's homeland of Kentucky where the spirit has been distilled since 1795.

A good Spritz: Campari sales fizz up

Aperol Spritz drives up Campari’s UK sales

By Nicholas Robinson

Gruppo Campari’s UK sales have risen significantly, with a chunk of that growth coming from sales of Aperol, the main ingredient in the Aperol Spritz.

Bounty: three new lagers will give operators plenty of choose from when it comes to curating its range this summer

New products: Here come the lagers

By James Beeson

Three new launches signal the start of the great British summer, as premium and craft lager options continue to prove popular.

Green fingers: Distiller David Wilkinson (l) and botanist Dr Greg Kenicer (r)

Edinburgh Gin launches 'garden' variant

By Nicholas Robinson

Edinburgh Gin has launched a new variant in collaboration with the city’s Royal Botanic Garden, using rare and exotic ingredients grown and handpicked from the garden itself.

Helping hand: Visual prompts such as PoS are vital during the summer months

Garden Fillers: how to maximise summer drinks sales in your pub

By Emma Eversham

What Brits drink in pub gardens has evolved dramatically over the years, with promiscuous punters swapping their favourite tipple as frequently as the summer weather changes. But with hopes of a scorcher this year, operators and suppliers are already...

In season: Bloody ‘Ell is one of the biggest beer releases in every beer geek’s calendar

New products: Bloody ‘Ell is back

By James Beeson

Beavertown’s seasonal blood orange IPA is back in stock. Be quick, it won’t hang around for long, and when it’s gone, it’s gone.

Distillery: there's a fine science to distilling gin

In association with Diageo

What next for gin?

By Nicholas Robinson

Gin’s renaissance during the past few years looks unlikely to plateau – and its success is coming from all categories, including mainstream, premium and super-premium variants