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 & …

Drinks company Hi-Spirits is expanding its successful Antica Sambuca range with the addition of a new flavour, Antica Absinthe. The spirit, with an ABV of 38 per cent, combines classic Italian sambuca with the botanicals that give absinthe its characteristic flavour: wormwood, green anise and fennel. Available from September, Antica Absinthe joins Antica Classic and …

Paul Seagraves (pictured) of Tweedies Bar in Grasmere in the Lake District has won the title of Pilsner Urquell’s UK Master Bartender 2012. The ceremony, which was held at RSA House in London, saw Paul compete against eight other bartenders. He won a £5,000 cash prize and will be flown to Pilsen to represent the …

Licensees can win a year’s supply of nuts for their bar through a promotion being run by snack brand BigD to support the Balls to Cancer charity. It calls on consumers to video themselves in a pub or bar playing “finger football” – using a nut as a football – and then share it via …

The Snug Bars group is to start opening all of its outlets from 8am as part of a strategy to capture more of the breakfast market. From August 24, the bars will open earlier at all five locations in St Albans and Hertford in Hertfordshire, High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire and Cambridge, where it operates two …

Jack Daniel’s promotional kits are being offered to bars and pubs to help them celebrate Mr Jack’s Birthday in September. Helping to drive footfall, Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands will be activating over 10,000 promotions across independent outlets and multiple operators. It will include a variety of instant-win promotions offering prizes such as tickets to Mr Jack’s …

Fluid Group is to open a new venue on Tyneside that aims to emulate the exclusive private drinking clubs of London and New York. The bar operator promises that Hood Street Club in Newcastle upon Tyne will “offer a unique experience in stylish surroundings” unlike any other venue in the north-east. Set to open in …

Bar and restaurant group Drake & Morgan has revealed plans to launch two new sites in 2013, bringing its portfolio to seven. Both new venues will be in the City of London in new developments from property company AXA Real Estate: The Happenstance will be at One St Paul’s (pictured) and The Haberdashery will be …

The latest UK round of the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition has opened for entries, challenging bartenders around the country to create a cocktail that could rank alongside the likes of the Mojito and Daiquiri. Bartenders need to register online at www.bacardilegacy.com by October 22, creating a cocktail that is balanced, refreshing, appealing and enduring and …