A bartender from Bramble in Edinburgh has won the global final of a competition that set the challenge of creating new cocktails for Caorunn Gin and telling the stories behind them. Iain Griffiths (pictured above), aged 25, triumphed over three other international finalists from England, Spain and the US in the Caorunn Storytellers Global Cocktail …

Living in a country where tequila is still considered by many as only for shots, it is no surprise that eyebrows are raised when you order a glass to sip with your meal. If you have dinner with Ruben Aceves – global brand ambassador for Herradura tequilas – expect him to suggest a tequila to …

Long before Flying Dog was flying off the shelf, when kölsch was far from cool, North Bar in Leeds city centre was a pioneer in the UK’s emerging craft beer scene. It has been going for 15 years and is stronger than ever, regularly serving as a test bed for new beers. It has also …

Paul Daly, the leading designer and bar owner, set off on a road trip across the United States to seek inspiration for his latest venue. Covering 2,600 miles, he visited dive bars and native American reservations, picking up ideas that have come together in Rattlesnake, a live music bar and “Texican” kitchen in Islington, north …

Dating back to 1890, the Metropole hotel is one of the landmarks of Brighton seafront. It was designed by Alfred Waterhouse who is best known for the Victorian Gothic grandeur of London’s Natural History Museum and Manchester Town Hall, and he has inspired the name of the hotel’s new bar. As part of an ongoing …

Robb Collins, manager at Waterhouse Bar & Terrace at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, makes his cocktail, Island Spice, for Brighton Mix Off 2012, which will take place at the Brighton SeaLife Centre on September 14. The competition, which has the theme of “La Mer”, is presented by Mixology Group and Kraken black Spiced Rum in …

Not many people in the UK knew Toorank Distilleries until a few years ago when it started winning awards and making waves with premium spirits such as Sloane’s Gin. But the business dates back 34 years and is the fourth largest distiller in its native Netherlands, with facilities producing about 1,000 different products for more …

Rhuby, the all-natural Swedish rhubarb liqueur, has created the UK’s first-ever female-only cocktail competition called “Pink Your Drink” to help raise awareness for breast cancer. This unique event will be held on October 10 from 2pm to 5pm, at London Cocktail Club in Shaftesbury Avenue, London. Rhuby, launched in the UK this summer, is handmade …

SPONSORED FEATURE Buffalo Trace Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey continues to sweep the boards at global industry awards. Recent accolades for the flagship bourbon from the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Franklin County, Kentucky, include a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2012 and Best in Category at The Los Angeles International Wine & …