Zoe Fryday catches up with former Diageo World Class manager Dan Dove to discuss his latest venture, Global Bartending, an international talent agency that connects drinks professionals with luxury brands, consumers and each other What inspired the decision to launch global bartending? How did it all begin? The initial idea came about two years before …

Ojo de Tigre mezcal

Mezcal brand Ojo de Tigre, produced at the Case Lumbre distillery in Mexico, is launching in the UK this month. Ojo de Tigre, which translates as Tiger’s Eye, is made from sustainably-grown agave – specifically the Espadín and Tobalá varieties. The 37% ABV mezcal is described as subtle and moreish, with notes of dried fruits, …

Penrhos Spirits Zero Raspberry

Herefordshire-based distiller Penrhos Spirits is rolling out its first no-ABV expression – Zero Raspberry. Available from mid-October 2020, the non-alcoholic botanical ‘spirit’ is made using fresh ingredients, including fruit from the family farm that would otherwise be discarded. Raspberries and blueberries are mixed with specially selected botanicals such as coriander, black peppercorn and juniper berries. …

Drink + Dine from LWC Drinks

Independent drinks wholesaler LWC Drinks has launched a full-service hospitality app and web-based solution, to support its customers and the wider industry in navigating the ‘new normal’. Drink + Dine provides operators with the technical capabilities required to offer table ordering and payment, as well as collection and delivery services. Venues will be given their …

Double Dutch Cocktail Soda range

Premium mixer brand Double Dutch has expanded its portfolio with the launch of the Cocktail Soda range, comprising of two variants – the Bloody Mary Soda and Cucumber Margarita Soda. Double Dutch has taken ingredients from classic cocktails to develop the new sodas, which can be mixed with spirits or enjoyed on their own as …

Edinburgh Cocktail Week Sip & Support campaign

Edinburgh Cocktail Week (ECW) has launched a campaign to support the city’s hospitality sector and help protect jobs as venues face tighter restrictions. The ‘Sip & Support’ campaign, which runs between 1 October and 30 November, will champion what’s happening in Edinburgh’s bars, with the ECW social media channels and website becoming a beacon of …

Sol Duc hard seltzers

UK cider maker Aston Manor has developed a trio of low-calorie alcoholic hard seltzers under a new brand called Sol Duc. Sol Duc is Aston Manor’s first foray into the hard seltzer market and is part of its ongoing investment into new production capabilities and resources. The range, which is available in three flavours – …

Lucky Saint on draught

Alcohol-free beer Lucky Saint is rolling out on draught nationwide in time for ‘Sober October’. Following a successful launch of draught across London in January, the 0.5% ABV lager brand’s new listings with several key drinks suppliers include multiple City Pub Co venues. The latest listing with City Pub Co across the South of England, …

Copalli Cacao Rum

Belizean rum brand Copalli has launched a limited edition cocoa-flavoured expression. Copalli Cacao is sustainably produced at the Copal Tree Distillery, situated in the heart of 20,000 acres of tropical rainforest in Southern Belize, using four ingredients – non-GMO heirloom sugar cane, yeast, cacao nibs grown and freshly roasted at the distillery and pure rainforest …

Matt Guest, director of on-trade at WAA Chosen and Diageo Bar Academy European head trainer, provides insight and advice to operators, following the latest government regulations. The new restrictions imposing early closing and mandatory table service are the latest blows to an already hard-hit hospitality sector. The 10pm closure could mean the loss of up …