Toorank Distilleries, the company behind Sloane’s Dry Gin, has launched the Rebellion Rum range, led by Rebellion Spiced. Available in Black and Blanco as well as spiced, the range has been created to challenge established pouring brands. Rebellion Spiced, with an ABV of 37.5 per cent, was created to meet demand from bartenders asking for …

There are few places to find a good cocktail around London’s Inns of Court. Traditional pubs are the norm in the historic Temple area off Fleet Street where barristers have their chambers. That has changed with the arrival of the luxurious Apex Temple Court Hotel next to the Inner Temple, one of the Inns of …

Adam McGurk from Hawksmoor in Guildhall, London, has won the Nikka Perfect Serve competition focused on personalising cocktails and whisky service. Held in London, the UK event is run by drinks company Eaux de Vie for Japanese whisky Nikka. It involved a master class by brand ambassador Stanislav Vadrna on the Japanese concept of “omakase”, …

Brewer Molson Coors has teamed up with Sky on a joint promotion to help boost footfall, reduce costs and provide an improved customer experience for licensees. In a first for the industry, independent licensed premises that buy a Sky TV commercial subscription and drinks from Molson Coors’ portfolio can save up to a third on …

Bars and pubs are being offered the chance to serve unfiltered and unpasteurised Pilsner Urquell direct from the barrel only 24 hours after it has left the Czech brewery in Pilsen. Miller Brands is working with selected outlets to provide the traditional hand-made 25-litre oak barrels as a way of showcasing the brand’s authenticity and …

A new super-premium expression of Belvedere vodka, left unfiltered after distillation, has been launched by LVMH, promoted as a “vodka for whisky drinkers”. Belvedere Unfiltered is made from the superior Dankowskie Diamond rye, grown only on a very small number of farms in Poland’s Mazovia region, instead of the Dankowskie Gold rye used in original …

Dating back to 1888, Metaxa is one of the world’s leading spirit brands, big in countries such as Austria, Germany, Poland and its native Greece. But in the UK, it is little known and, for most people, remembered only as a spirit from sunny holidays. But with three million Britons travelling each year to Greece, …

For over a decade, Saltwater has been one of the hotspots on Nottingham’s bar scene, boasting the biggest rooftop terrace in the city. Located in The Cornerhouse entertainment complex, it was part of the portfolio of operator Principle Leisure that went into administration a year ago but it has been reborn under the new ownership …

As Dominic Roskrow and his team were writing new book 1001 Whiskies You Must Try Before You Die, they were hearing about another 10 to 20 new whiskies being introduced every week. The doorstop-like book has 960 pages but is just the “tastiest tip of a very large proverbial iceberg”, Dominic says. He points to …

Yoann Lazareth from China Tang bar in London’s Mayfair has been named winner of a cocktail competition organised for newly launched super-premium Absolut Elyx. Held at Novikov in London, the competition featured bartenders from the five bars that exclusively listed the vodka in May: the Connaught, the Ritz, Quo Vadis, the American Bar at the …