Orchid Group has brought in another leading operator, Eclectic Clubs & Bars, to run 33 of its venues including The Living Room chain. Eclectic has entered into a management contract with Orchid’s PBR Leisure business to run the bars, nightclubs and restaurants. It comprises 14 sites operating as The Living Room and another 19 that …

A “cult” drink from Italy, made by blending wine with herbs, is being introduced into the UK through importer Laško Beer UK. Originale De Martin Sprizzerò, which is already popular in mainland Europe, is made according to a 1934 recipe developed by Edoardo De Martin, blending top-quality Italian wine, aromatic herbs and natural flavourings. Originally …

A new range of tequilas was launched last night by The Tequila Society with events across Liverpool, led by tequila ambassador and TV celebrity Cleo Rocos. The 100 per cent agave AquaRiva tequilas have been developed by Cleo with master blender Carlos Perez, particularly with bartenders in mind. The AquaRiva Bar range features a blanco, …

Bloodshot, a new spirit for making a Bloody Mary, has been added to the portfolio of drinks distributor Hi-Spirits. The company has formed a partnership with Little Devil Spices which officially launched the product in February this year. Bloodshot Bloody Vodka Spirit is a premium, artisan blend of grain spirit produced from British wheat, combined …

Fifteen beers from the UK have been declared as among the best in the world in the annual International Beer Challenge. Kent’s Chapel Down vineyard won a gold medal for its Curious Brew premium lager. It uses East Anglian malt, saaz and cascade hops and then re-ferments the lager using the same champagne yeast that …

Cocktail consumption is set to grow by over 10 per cent in the next two years, according to new research analysis on the drinks market by First Drinks. Its annual Market Report reveals that 76 per cent of on-trade outlets reports that sales of cocktails were steady or increased year on year. The report also …

The costs of operating a bar or pub in the UK have stabilised for the first time in five years, according to an annual study from the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR). Its industry Benchmarking Report shows that, for the second year in a row, the average cost of running an average bar or …

G&J Greenall is to launch a new campaign to drive the serve of Bloom gin and tonic with strawberries, starting this week with a “pick-your-own experience” in London. From Wednesday (July 11) to Friday (July 13), a site in Beak Street in Soho – close to Regent Street and Oxford Street – will be transformed …

First Drinks has launched its third annual competition for Glenfiddich to find the UK-based bartenders with the most knowledge and passion about whisky. The winner of Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind will receive a cash prize of £1,000 plus an exclusive VIP trip to the Glenfiddich distillery, where they will be given the chance to taste a …

Hooch – one of the best-loved RTD brands of the 1990s – has been relaunched by Global Brands with a new format and positioning. After a break of nearly 10 years, Hooch Alcoholic Lemon Brew is being introduced into the on-trade in a 500ml bottle, promoted for pouring over ice like a cider. Global Brands …