Spirits & Cocktails

Stylish serves: bartenders will be judged on how Instagrammable the finished drink looks

Bartenders to be marked on ‘Instagram-worthy’ cocktails

By James Beeson

Cognac producer Courvoisier has launched its third annual ‘Toast of Paris’ cocktail competition where, for the first time, UK bartenders will be judged on how their cocktails would look on Instagram posts, alongside more traditional criteria.

Triple whammy: alcohol prices have been impacted by Brexit's effect on sterling, rising inflation and a duty rise

UK has fourth highest booze prices in Europe

By Nikkie Sutton

The average price of alcohol in the UK is 42.7% higher than the EU average – the fourth highest in Europe beaten only by Sweden, Ireland and Finland, according to new research.

Straw debate: life is plastic, but it's not fantastic

7 alternatives to plastic straws

By Nicholas Robinson

More pubs and their customers are speaking out against the use of plastic straws and seeking alternatives to the environmentally hazardous tubes we’ve, for decades, grown accustomed to drinking from.

Planning ahead: operators need to differentiate their offer

Drinks planning: flavours of the months

By Michelle Perrett

January is traditionally not the easiest month in which to attract punters to the pub, but licensees should view it as an opportunity by finding the right drinks to sell – and the same goes for many other events throughout the upcoming 12 months.

Rum news: Diageo has stopped all advertising on Snapchat as a result of the ruling

ASA bans Captain Morgan Snapchat filter

By James Beeson

Diageo Great Britain has been banned from producing a Snapchat lens advertising its Captain Morgan rum brand, after the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) ruled that the filter could appeal to under-18s.