After nearly 100 years, absinthe is about to become legal again in France. The French Senate voted last month to lift the ban on what was once its national drink in the 19th century. But absinthe has been going through a renaissance in the UK since the late 1990s and even in France it has …

We’ve come across so many ideas from bars and drinks companies for royal wedding-themed cocktails, that one blog posting wasn’t enough. After the post earlier this week, here are a few more that bartenders have been coming up with to commemorate Friday’s big day – with many inspired by the idea of “blue blood” and …

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to mark the royal wedding with a street party this coming Friday, but plenty more will be celebrating in Britain’s bars. Many operators are planning a weekend-long party after the government allowed them to stay open until 1am on the nights of Friday 29th and Saturday 30th, and …

If you have already sipped a few cocktails with your meal at pan-Asian restaurant Cocochan off Oxford Street in London’s West End, you can find the descent to its basement bar something of a challenge. You negotiate your way down a twisting staircase with mirrors on both sides, past the toilets, to emerge into the …

With the Olympics only a year away, we are seeing incredible amounts of investment in London’s hotels. And with these luxury hotels come new and refurbished bars that are adding to the capital’s cocktail scene. Over the past few months, stylish new bars have included W Lounge bar and Wyld at W London and Amaranto …

It was a little over a year ago that I attended the reopening of Akbar, the basement bar underneath The Red Fort restaurant in Soho, London. The space originally emerged as a bar 10 years ago but was badly damaged in the fire that broke out in a nearby building in Dean Street in July …

Over the last decade or so, Henry Besant reckons he has visited more than 50 tequila distilleries in his travels around Mexico, and just as many mezcal distilleries. He and Dre Masso, his partner at Worldwide Cocktail Club, have also helped to develop Olmeca Altos tequila with Pernod Ricard. So he is a good man …

Every February 14, I can’t help wondering what the devout third-century priest named Valentine would have made of the fact that he’s now remembered as a day for couples to exchange chocolates and get drunk on champagne. Many bars have been celebrating Valentine’s Day since Friday, and quite a few have been offering special cocktails …

The annual Bacardi Legacy competition has helped to re-establish Bacardi as a bartender’s favourite for quality cocktails. It is inspired by the rum’s “legacy” as the ingredient used for decades in Daiquiris, Cuba Libres and Mojitos, aiming to find a new generation of “legacy” cocktails. The competition has a unique structure that highlights that it …

After weeks of promising “some very exciting news”, Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands (BBFB) last night revealed what it has been up to: bottled ready-to-drink Bacardi cocktails. “Inspired” by what it calls the brand’s “legacy cocktails”, it is launching a new range called Bacardi Originals which will initially feature Bacardi Mojito and Bacardi Cuba Libre.  It is …