Electronic cigarettes have been around for nine years now but, despite the smoking ban in the UK, they have been slow to catch on. However, figures from the Electronic Cigarette Consumer Association earlier this year showed that the UK electronic cigarette industry is now worth about £5million a year and that the number of users …

Look back at the cocktail books of the 19th century and early 20th century, and you find sherry as a common ingredient. American bartender Jerry Thomas’s 1862 guide features a Sherry Cobbler adding sugar and orange, and a Sangaree mixing sherry with sugar, water and nutmeg. In Harry Craddock’s 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book, recipes include …

Two bartenders will represent the UK in the global final of the Disaronno Mixing Star competition: Luca Missaglia from London’s Quo Vadis and Elsa Holmberg from Nottingham’s Brass Monkey. They won regional heats at The Light Bar in Shoreditch, London, and The Black Dog Ballroom in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Second in the London heat was …

Andy Mil (pictured) from London Cocktail Club bars will be heading to Brazil in July to represent Great Britain in the global final of Diageo Reserve’s World Class competition. He was named best British bartender at the two-day Western European final at London Syon Park Hotel where he competed against five other UK finalists. There …

With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee kicking off a summer of celebration in Britain, bars have a great opportunity to attract customers and drive sales. Many drinks companies have come up with special jubilee serves for toasting the Queen, from Bénédictine and Chambord to Monin and Midori, while royal-themed serves can be found at bars such …

Most visitors to New York City stick to Manhattan where some of the world’s best bars can be found, from the five-star hotels of Midtown to the speakeasies of the East Village. But for cocktail lovers, it is becoming essential to head east or south to the borough of Brooklyn on the other side of …

Over the past six months, London’s bar and club scene has welcomed a major new player, Alula Leisure. Headed by leisure entrepreneurs Tim Lalic and Vahram Papazyan, it has taken on two legendary venues in the capital: Jonathan Downey’s Match Bar off Oxford Street and music club Scotch of St James. Their newest venture is …

Santiago Policastro, or Pichin, is the Harry Craddock or Jerry Thomas of Argentine cocktail culture. From the 1930s until his death in 2010, he was renowned throughout Latin America for his remarkable drinks, earning the nickname of “El Barman Galante”. This has inspired Gaucho restaurant group to create Galante bar next to its existing site …

Praise has been heaped on new London restaurant Dabbous, most notably by critic Fay Maschler who gave it a rare five stars – a rating, she says, that “is reserved for when a place comes along that changes the game”. However, the food has threatened to overshadow some rather interesting things going on in the …

Everyone loves lists. From the world’s top 50 bars to the 100 best kebab shops, they bring lively debate and discussion and a sense of achievement for those included. The latest list for the hospitality industry is the first NRB Top 50 which was revealed at a special reception at the Northern Restaurant & Bar …