Cocktails

Huge investment: Revolution Cheltenham will relaunch in time for the Jubilee weekend

£250k overhaul for Revolution Cheltenham

By Gary Lloyd

Revolution Bars Group has invested £249,000 into a makeover for its Revolution Cheltenham bar, which is set to reopen in time for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Low and no alcohol feature from beer to cider to spirits to wine

Low to no drinks feature

FEATURE: Why low and no alcohol is not a compromise

By Michelle Perrett

The summer is coming with outside drinking and eating set to drive customers into the pub. And while many will reach for their usual tipple in the summer months some people for whatever reason will be looking at not drinking or reducing their alcohol...

New research: premium softs and cocktails are expected to improve on-trade sales (credit: Getty/Dean Mitchell)

Premium softs to drive on-trade sales says Britvic

By Gary Lloyd

Soft drinks are set to drive on-trade sales during 2022 with customers more likely to upgrade to a premium choice than ever before, according to Britvic's latest Soft Drinks Review.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In podcast episode 42

The Lock In Podcast

Can pubs shake up the cocktail market?

By Ed Bedington

The Lock In team look to shake things up when it comes to cocktails, and take a look at how pubs and bars can up their game when it comes to tapping into the growing cocktail sector.

Sales of rum in the on trade see 1.7% growth: UK rum market now third largest in the world (Credit: Getty/andresr)

UK rum market is now third largest in the world

By Rebecca Weller

The UK rum market saw gains of 1.7% in the on trade to January 2022 when compared with 2019 and has become the third largest rum market in the world, according to a recent report by the Campari Group UK.

Molson Coors supports hospitality category

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Beer & beyond: Why Molson Coors is finding new ways to support its customers

By Martyn Cozens, UK on-trade director at Molson Coors

It’s been a testing couple of years for the hospitality sector and, as we emerge from the pandemic and face other economic challenges, there’s never been a more important time for pubs and their suppliers to support each other.

Rapid growth: Nightcap CEO Sarah Willingham says the Bristol opening for Blame Gloria is set to take place later this year (credit: Nicky Johnston)

Nightcap announces first Blame Gloria opening outside London

By Gary Lloyd

Nightcap, the owner of The Cocktail Club, the Adventure Bar Group and the Barrio Familia group of bars, has announced another opening for the rapidly expanding group in the form of a Blame Gloria site, which sits under the Adventure Bar Group umbrella,...

Opening plans: Nightcap CEO Sarah Willingham (credit: Nicky Johnston)

The Cocktail Club Cardiff opening in May

By Gary Lloyd

Nightcap, the owner of The Cocktail Club, the Adventure Bar Group and the Barrio Familia group of bars, is set to open a The Cocktail Club site in Cardiff in early May.

Has gin fallen out of favour with consumers?

Has the gin bubble burst?

By Ed Bedington

After what has seemed like a never-ending boom, it looks like the rapacious consumer demand for gin appears to be tailing off.

Head north: New World Trading Company is to open a Botanist site in Scotland later this year

NWTC to open Botanist site in Edinburgh

By Gary Lloyd

Bar-restaurant operator New World Trading Company (NWTC) will open a Botanist site in the St James Quarter area of Edinburgh later this year.

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...

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.

Exciting times: Nightcap plans to open two new sites in early April

Nightcap set to open new Cocktail Club, 24 new sites in pipeline

By Gary Lloyd

Nightcap, the owner of The Cocktail Club, the Adventure Bar Group and the Barrio Familia group of bars, is set to open a The Cocktail Club site and a Tonight Josephine bar in early April – and has 24 new premises under offer or in legals too.

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.

See in the new year: beers, spirits and an apertivo are the final new product launches of the year

The last new product launches of 2021

By Gary Lloyd

The final new products round-up of the year includes a new brewery named after Roger Daltrey’s fishing lakes releases six beers, rums from the amazing terroir of Grenada brought to the UK, whisky start-up Woven launches limited-edition collaboration spirit...

Christmas cheer: new beverages on the market

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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...

Just the tonic: Fever-Tree’s two variants were followed by two from Schweppes (credit: Getty/asbe)

The Drinks List

Tonics division title taken by Fever-Tree

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

There was little movement in the tonic water list and Fever-Tree continued to dominate the market with mixers claiming first and second place.

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.

Lucrative profits to be made: yield analysis could save your pub up to £10,000

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Are your products generating high profit levels to the till?

By Venners, expert food and beverage stocktakers and compliance auditors

A recent report looking at the often undervalued and neglected topic of product yield within the pub sector has been launched by Venners, the expert food and beverage stocktakers and compliance auditors to the hospitality industry.

Take advantage: Christmas makes up a large percentage of many sites' bottom line

How to make this Christmas a belter

By Gary Lloyd

The festive period is often the time when pub operators make most of their annual sales and this year, more than ever, needs to be a good one after the disasters suffered not just last Christmas (stop singing that Wham! song) but throughout the past 20...

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.

What's in the news 12 November

Rising costs are 'frightening'

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's editor Ed Bedington speaks to Brian Whiting of WH Pubs for his views on the week's news, from inflationary pressures and premiumisation through to the debate over dogs in pubs.

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?

Expectations upgrade: Nightcap has reported a sales boost as it prepares to open new sites

Nightcap reports 68% sales increase versus pre-Covid

By Gary Lloyd

Nightcap, the parent company of cocktail bar groups London Cocktail Club and Tonight Josephine, has reported a 68% increase in net sales for a 13-week period versus the same, pre-Covid, equivalent in 2019.

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.

Unbeatable atmosphere: Dianne Irving of Drouth Ltd (centre) says pubs have the edge by being a centre for social contact

Opinion

Socialisation on a grand scale

By Dianne Irving, managing director, Drouth Ltd

Last week, I attended the MA Leaders Club event in Leeds. This event, formerly known as the MA 500, can only be described as first rate.

Awards ceremony: GBPA 2021 was streamed at the live party at Greenwood, Victoria, London

GBPA 2021

Having a blast on social media

By Gary Lloyd

The Morning Advertiser looks at the social media activity of those involved in the Great British Pub Awards (GBPA) after the event and category winners were announced.

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.