Spirits & Cocktails

Rum's punch: Ian Burrell believes a run on rum is down to enthusiastic bartenders

Future Trends: Spirits

Top bartenders ‘driving demand’ for rum

By James Beeson

Demand for rum is being driven by the enthusiasm of top bartenders and the growth in interest in cocktails, according to a leading global rum ambassador.

Emerging scene: the Japanese whisky market is a serious challenger to the old world

Future Trends: Spirits

Where next for whisky?

By James Beeson

The rise of products from the rest of the world market and an increased focus on personality are just two trends to look out for in the future of whisky, according to a leading spirits author.

Future trend: golden rum is predicted to overtake gin volumes in the next three years

Future Trends: Spirits

Rum will overtake gin as the next big spirit

By Nikkie Sutton

Golden rum will be the next big trend in the spirits category, outpacing gin in the next three years according to data insight experts CGA.

Accessibility: Diageo's Paul Thomas predicts a rise in fruit flavoured gins

Future Trends: Spirits

Where next for gin?

By James Beeson

Gin will continue to drive the category growth in spirits through an increased focus on discovery and accessibility, according to Diageo’s head of European innovation.

All change: the old, round £1 coin will go out of circulation later this month

Revolution bars swap old £1 coins for shots

By Nikkie Sutton

Revolution is offering customers the chance to exchange their old £1 coins before the 14 October in return for a Handcrafted Flavours shot with its £1 coin amnesty.

Need to know: what's going on at Future Trends: Spirits

7 things you need to know about spirits

By Nicholas Robinson

Spirits sales in pubs are now worth £1.7bn, having risen by 4.8% compared to the previous year, driven by the growth of premium in particular.

Sales slow down: managed pubs have suffered recently

Managed pub, bar and restaurant sales slow down

By James Beeson

Like-for-like sales in Britain’s pub, bar and restaurant groups were ahead just 0.2% nationally compared to last August, according to the latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.