We’ve come across so many ideas from bars and drinks companies for royal wedding-themed cocktails, that one blog posting wasn’t enough. After the post earlier this week, here are a few more that bartenders have been coming up with to commemorate Friday’s big day – with many inspired by the idea of “blue blood” and …

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to mark the royal wedding with a street party this coming Friday, but plenty more will be celebrating in Britain’s bars. Many operators are planning a weekend-long party after the government allowed them to stay open until 1am on the nights of Friday 29th and Saturday 30th, and …

Every February 14, I can’t help wondering what the devout third-century priest named Valentine would have made of the fact that he’s now remembered as a day for couples to exchange chocolates and get drunk on champagne. Many bars have been celebrating Valentine’s Day since Friday, and quite a few have been offering special cocktails …

The annual Bacardi Legacy competition has helped to re-establish Bacardi as a bartender’s favourite for quality cocktails. It is inspired by the rum’s “legacy” as the ingredient used for decades in Daiquiris, Cuba Libres and Mojitos, aiming to find a new generation of “legacy” cocktails. The competition has a unique structure that highlights that it …

It’s January and everyone is talking about “detoxing”. Scientists may be sceptical about some usages of the term which, in the strictest sense, means that products should actively remove toxic substances from the body. But, if we stick to its feel-good meaning of “stuff that is good for you”, there are plenty of ideas for …

When Charles Dickens died in 1870, his executors found over 200 bottles of cognac among his personal effects. They were labelled “Pale Brandy F Courvoisier”, so Courvoisier distributor Maxxium UK – which had a busy “summer of punch” – has been inspired to create a walk around central London mixed up with a bit of …

Simone Caporale Bloom Gin

Simone Caporale (pictured), a bartender at the Artesian bar at London’s Langham Hotel, won the first cocktail competition organised by Bloom gin. He beat nine other talented competitors with his Lavender Daisy, fresh and feminine cocktail that reflects the delicate floral notes of the gin. It is made with 50ml Bloom gin, 20ml of lemon …

Until a few years ago, Halloween in Britain meant little more than some scary films on TV and the occasional child turning up on your doorstep demanding sweets (with menaces). But, inspired by the Halloween portrayed in American TV shows and movies, the holy day has become a major party night for adults as well …