Spirits & Cocktails

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

In association with Britvic

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.

Christmas cheer: new beverages on the market

New products round-up

Festive drinks released in time for Christmas

By Gary Lloyd

Burleighs has employed a rare production process to make its limited-edition Christmas Gin, Tuscan Tree targets a sequel Aperitivo, Vida Wines & Spirits shows off a few of its wines, Netherlands-based Ful launches its Spirulina Fizz trio and Liquid...

Next big thing? Volume and value sales were largely positive for the tequila sector (credit: Getty/knape)

The Drinks List

Jose Cuervo leads up-and-coming Tequila category

By Gary Lloyd

A new category to the drinks list this year, Tequila sales to the on-trade have been extremely positive in general, and as such should certainly be viewed by operators as something very useful to have stocked on their back bar.

Way ahead: Captain Morgan Spiced is the leader in the rum category (credit: Getty/andresr)

The Drinks List

Captain Morgan Spiced named UK’s most popular rum

By Nikkie Thatcher

The top two best-selling rums in the UK on-trade have remained the same since last year with Captain Morgan Spiced and Bacardi Carta Blanca coming in at first and second respectively.

In good spirits: vodka and gin variants took the top two spots (credit: Getty/Sarah Mason)

The Drinks List

Smirnoff Red remains top of the spirits category class

By Rebecca Weller

Despite a drop in volume of sales by 16% (15% in value), Smirnoff Red has remained the top selling spirit on The Drinks List, followed by Gordon’s Pink Gin and Jägermeister.

Trash to treasure: Operators advise on how to run a sustainable cocktail bar (Debby Lewis-Harrison)

Cocktail bar licensees give top tips for sustainability

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Operators across the country have given tips for running a sustainable cocktail bar after the collision of COP26 and national vegan month this November stressed the need for environmental responsibility.

Captain's orders: customers will be looking for serves they can't recreate at home

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Why rum-based spirits are must-stocks this festive season

By Samantha Newby, Category Director, Captain Morgan

Many consumers will have missed spending time with friends and family within the on-trade over the past year and we can expect people to flock back to pubs and bars this festive season to enjoy celebrating with loved ones.

Fok Hing Gin: alluding to profanity?

Gin company forced to change its labels

By Rebecca Weller

The alcohol industry’s independent Complaints Panel has made a precedent changing decision to force Fok Hing Gin to change their labels.

Enter now: the awards are now open for entries

Top 50 Cocktail Bars

Top 50 Cocktail Bars awards open for entry

By Top 50 Cocktail Bars

Have you got the best bar team in the country, pride yourself on your sustainable credentials or perhaps you’re new to the bar scene and want to make your mark?

In good spirits: stronger drinks are leading the line this week for the new products list

New products round-up

Spirits dominate latest new launches

By Gary Lloyd

Whether it's the fiscal boon awarded to the spirits sector through this week's Autumn Budget statement from Chancellor Rishi Sunak or just a buzz for Halloween, spirits are the top hitters for new products this week.

Latest launches: here's what new on the drinks market

New products round-up

New serves available to tempt customers

By Gary Lloyd

Whiskies, coconut flower beer, Tequilas, a non-alcoholic cider and a remake of classic TV advert are among the latest additions to the new products market.

Plenty of options for your pub: some of the latest releases

New products round-up

The latest new products to hit the market

By Gary Lloyd

This week’s new products focuses on a variety of spirits, including gins from Boë and Foghouse, plus tea, coffee, beer and ginger ale variants.

A premium offer: Steve Latto of the Criterion gives advice on making your drinks offer the best it can be

Quality time at the bar

By Gary Lloyd

Whether it is a bit more disposable cash or a lust to try the best products available, pub customers are going for quality when it comes to enjoying a drink since the on-trade reopened in earnest.

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