Vestal flavoured vodkas

Halewood-owned vodka brand Vestal has launched its first two flavoured expressions – Black Cherry and Raspberry & Blackcurrant. All Vestal vodkas start life in the harvesting of young potatoes grown in the soil of Kaszebe in northern Poland – an area famed for its rich, mineral-laden land. Distilled in small batches, the resultant spirit is …

Eat Out to Help Out

Food sales in Britain’s managed pubs and group restaurants have risen by a third week on week since the launch of the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, according to research by leading data consultancy CGA. The data, from CGA’s Volume Pool of 7,000 managed outlets, reveals that on the first day of the …

Amaretto Adriatico liqueurs

Italy’s Amaretto Adriatico liqueurs are coming to the UK exclusively through drinks distribution agency Sip and Savour. The brand seeks to disrupt the premium drinks market with two varieties of amaretto – Amaretto Adriatico Bianco and Adriatico Amaretto Roasted. Made by hand in small batches in Puglia, Italy using organic almonds, the two liquids are …

Berkshire Botanical Rhubarb & Raspberry Gin

Artisan drinks brand Berkshire Botanical has announced the launch of its second quintessentially British flavoured gin – Rhubarb & Raspberry. Like the original Berkshire Botanical Dry Gin, the new 40.3% ABV flavoured expression is made on the Yattendon Estate in West Berkshire. It offers “hints of fresh pine and fruity raspberry on the nose, with …

Smokehead Rum Rebel

Ian Macleod Distillers’ Islay single malt whisky brand Smokehead is launching its new Rum Rebel expression, finished in Caribbean rum casks, for International Rum Day on August 16. Bottled at 46% ABV, the “rich, smoky and salty” whisky has been finished in spicy, sweet Caribbean rum casks. As a toast to International Rum Day, the …

Seaberry Vodka

Lostwithiel-based distillery Colwith Farm is bringing a new vodka to the market, created using berries from Cornwall’s first sea buck plantation. Made with Colwith Farm’s Aval Dor Vodka as a base, Seaberry Vodka is pitched with the juice of seaberries from neighbouring Cornish Seaberry Co, operated by agronomist Seth Pascoe. Dubbed the ‘holy fruit of …

Strangeways CBD-infused gin

Manchester-based distillery Strangeways Beers and Spirits has developed two new CBD-infused gins – Hazy Dry and Hazy Strawberry Gin – distributed to the on-trade exclusively through Hammonds of Knutsford. Bottled at 40% ABV, the two gins are infused with CBD from authorised and regulated suppliers in the UK. The first liquid, Hazy Dry Gin “blends …

Strongbow

Heineken-owned cider brand Strongbow has launched a new campaign to support the on-trade during quieter mid-week evenings, providing operators with the tools needed to promote and run a successful quiz and musical bingo night. Available to existing Heineken customers, ‘Strongbow Nights’ provides downloadable social media content, A2 posters, quiz sheets and bingo cards. Every week, …

Bacardi-Martini Ltd advocacy initiatives

Bacardi-Martini Limited (BML) has rethought and reinvented its advocacy initiatives to support the hospitality industry in the wake of Covid-19. With Shervene Blackburn (pictured), UK head of brand advocacy at Bacardi Martini Ltd, at the helm, activations will go live to support bars and bartenders alike across the UK for the foreseeable future. Trade ambassadors …

Cocktails in the City Community Spirit Edition

Cocktails in the City is returning to London for a two-day alfresco cocktail garden party this September, celebrating the capital’s drinks scene and raising money for the hospitality industry. Taking place at Bedford Square Gardens on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 September, the festival’s Community Spirit Edition will feature drinks from over 30 of London’s …