Spirits & Cocktails

In the pink: a multitude of spirit brands have launched flavoured gin variants in recent years (image: warrengoldswain)

The rise of pink gin

By Nikkie Sutton

Gin is still one of the nation’s favourite spirits but flavoured versions of ‘mother’s ruin’ are also proving to be popular.

Power of three: Tiny Rebel takes a big step into the gin world

Craft brewer Tiny Rebel launches three gins

By Nicholas Robinson

The Welsh craft beer brewer has taken its first steps into the gin world with the launch of three new gins, created to complement its existing beer range.

On the up: sales of spirits are rising faster than any other drink segment

Beer, wine and spirits sales soar to £9.8bn

By Nikkie Sutton

Total value of beer, wine and spirits in pubs has risen by 1.8% to £9.8bn - with premium spirits accounting for £934m - in the year to 24 February this year, according to a new report.

Recipe for success: three ideas for the perfect gin and tonic

In association with Fever-Tree

Three G&T serves you won’t be able to resist

By Nicholas Robinson

The humble gin and tonic; what can go wrong and what more can be done to such a simple drink? The answer to both questions is, actually, quite a lot.

Herbaceous accompaniments: keep your gin garnishes fresh

In association with Fever-Tree

How to grow a gin garnish garden

By Nicholas Robinson

Whether you’re growing them on the bar for staff to garnish drinks with or in your pub garden for consumers to pick and choose for themselves, a G&T garnish garden is a quirky way to create a bit of atmosphere and theatre.

Tasty tipple: rum is predicted to be the next big trend in spirits, according to experts

Top drinks trends from Imbibe 2018

By Nikkie Sutton

A continuing demand for gin, dark and fruity beers, and sparkling wines are three trends that operators need to look out for, according to four drinks producers at this year’s Imbibe Live show.

Dismissive: González called the mocktail menu the equivalent of “the kids menu in a restaurant”.

How to cater for people who aren’t drinking

By James Beeson

The on-trade needs to do more to “disentangle the notion that there needs to be a not-sober experience in every bar”, according to renowned bartender and self-care advocate Giuseppe González.

Whisky is on the up

In association with Diageo

Unravel the complexities of whisky

By Nicholas Robinson

The complexity of whisky as a category means there is a product or style for every customer, a situation made clear in new sales data that shows pockets of significant growth, as well as areas of real sales potential.

Industry threat: any plans to raise duty could impact alcohol sales

Booze sales could be damaged with duty freeze cut

By Nicholas Robinson

Scrapping the alcohol duty freeze put in place last year by Government is “counter-productive”, and will increase pressure on cash-strapped consumers, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has warned (WSTA).