Cocktail

Join us: Spirits Summit to be held in London on 2 October

Get a full measure of the spirits category

By Nicholas Robinson

Pink gin, whisky, alcohol-free ‘spirits’ and the rise of English rum are just a handful of the topics we’re exploring at this year’s Spirits Summit at the Yard, Shoreditch, in London on 2 October.

Ups and downs: the pros and cons of a spirits-focused bar

Pros and cons of running a spirits-focused bar

By Nicholas Robinson

Spirits and cocktail sales are booming, driven by increasing consumer demand for better experiences, as well as a large proportion of new product development in the segment. But for those businesses focusing on spirits, what are the upsides and downsides...

No booze: new range of alcohol-free spirits launched

Alcohol-free ‘gin’ and ‘rum’ launched

By Nicholas Robinson

Funkin cocktails founder Alex Carlton has stepped into the alcohol-free ‘spirits’ category with the launch of Stryyk Not Rum and Not Gin variants.

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.

A good Spritz: Campari sales fizz up

Aperol Spritz drives up Campari’s UK sales

By Nicholas Robinson

Gruppo Campari’s UK sales have risen significantly, with a chunk of that growth coming from sales of Aperol, the main ingredient in the Aperol Spritz.

Most popular: Mojito tops the list of most served cocktails in the on-trade

How to make the five best-selling cocktails

By Nikkie Sutton

Cocktails are showing no signs of going away and operators need to ensure they are tapping into the latest trends in the category to boost their bottom lines.

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.

Whisky action: a versatile spirit in cocktails

In association with Diageo

3 whisky cocktails for winter

By Nicholas Robinson

Whisky is unlike any other spirit. Fact. It is complex, often mysterious, but sadly sometimes viewed in the wrong light by drinkers and even some bartenders as a stuffy, challenging liquid that is unyielding and impossible to use in cocktails.