Spirits & Cocktails

Social wellbeing: ‘We as an industry, and our bars and restaurants and pubs, play such an important role in society,’ Bacardi’s Leila Stansfield says

Big Interview

‘Brands are built in bars, not in boardrooms’

By Stuart Stone

After making a long-awaited return to reopened pubs and bars throughout April, Bacardi’s on-trade director Leila Stansfield’s glass is most certainly half full for the weeks and months of on-trade recovery ahead.

How important are cocktails to pubs?

Spirits Week – in association with Diageo

Cocktails 'vital part' of on-trade sales mix

By The Morning Advertiser

On day two of Spirits Week, brought to you by Diageo, CGA’s Tom Quinn serves up some key stats about the spirit and cocktail categories and runs through the recipe for spirits success.

How can pubs sell more cocktails?

Spirits Week - In association with Diageo

Cocktail-led outings 'much, much more of a reward'

By The Morning Advertiser

To introduce Spirits Week, brought to you by Diageo, drinks expert Douglas Blyde distils some of the key trends and new consumer behaviours shaking up the spirit and cocktail categories.

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In association with Diageo

How can pubs prepare to reopen in 2021?

By The Morning Advertiser

With less than a fortnight before outside service is permitted and under two months until inside trading is allowed, Diageo has outlined top tips on how operators can reopen.

Women in leadership: 'There's some real talent and I think it’s just about stepping up and showing that that talent is there,' Carmen O'Neal says

International Women's Day 2021

Time to ‘step up’ and showcase female talent in drinks and hospitality

By Stuart Stone

Managing director of the 2020 UK Gin Producer of the Year, Carmen O'Neal distills why she believes International Women's Day has taken on added significance during the Covid-19 pandemic, and why collaboration is key to women continuing to unlock...

Free drinks samples for pubs

Online event

Free samples: The Virtual New Products Showcase

By The Morning Advertiser

Want to get your hands on the hottest new products soon to hit the on-trade? If you’re a pub or bar operator with responsibility over purchasing decisions, then we’d love to hear from you!

How to increase the bottom line through cocktails and draught cocktail technology

Sponsored by Diageo

How to install draught cocktails

By The Morning Advertiser

The growth of draught cocktail technology means pubs with little time or bar space to make cocktails can now easily tap into this profitable category.

Best selling alcohol brands 2020

The Drinks List

The Drinks List – Top Brands to Stock in 2021

By Nicholas Robinson

Despite being closed for four months, facing strict curfews, tier systems and enduring a second national lockdown, drinks sales in the on-trade were strong when the sector was open.

Should I serve cocktails when reopening after lockdown?

Post-lockdown profits hidden in cocktails

By Nicholas Robinson

It was the rising star of the on-trade outside of specialist bars, yet cocktails in pubs understandably took a bashing during and after the first coronavirus lockdown. But forget the category at your peril, because the money generated by cocktails prior...

Lockdown champion: 'Our latest numbers show that rum is lockdown’s champion, as the experimentation Brits liked to enjoy in pubs and bars carried over to their homes,' the WSTA's Miles Beale said

Rum crowned ‘the drink of lockdown’

By Stuart Stone

New figures from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) have revealed rum enjoyed the biggest growth across all spirits categories during lockdown.

Buyout: Chase bought out by Diageo

Diageo buys Chase distillery

By Nicholas Robinson

Spirits giant Diageo has acquired family-owned Chase Distillery and its portfolio of brands for an undisclosed sum.

More pours: which new products have launched in the past week?

New product round-up

Fruit flavoured serves the pick of latest product launches

By Stuart Stone

From a pair of passion fruit pours and a tayberry tipple to the launch of a trio of schnapps serves, there are berry rich pickings for operators among the glut of new fruit flavoured products in this week's round-up.

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