Bottlegreen Drinks is stepping up its position as a premium cocktail mixer with the launch of two flavoured tonic waters: Pink Tonic Water and Elderflower Tonic Water. They both draw their inspiration from Bottlegreen’s cordial and sparkling pressé flavours and are packaged in 175ml glass bottles with the same elegant design as other Bottlegreen products. …

Mark Ludmon goes deep underground in the Czech Republic to find out about Pilsner Urquell They call it milk, but it certainly doesn’t come from any cow. At busy restaurant and bar Lokál Dlouhá in central Prague, the waitress puts a round of glass tankards on the table apparently filled with white foam. In Czech, …

An ultra-premium expression of Don Julio tequila is being introduced in the UK by Diageo GB to meet growing interest in luxury releases of the spirit. Don Julio 1942 commemorates the year that the distillery’s late founder Don Julio González began making tequila in Los Altos in Jalisco, Mexico. Made with prime blue agave, it …

Haywood Drinks Products has added the Eliot’s Mysthic range, a collection of premium-quality flavoured vodka drinks, to its portfolio. After being previewed at the Northern Restaurant & Bars show in Manchester in March, the range is now going on sale in the UK, with variants such as Violet, Chocolate, Red, Black, Green and Gold. Suitable …

Mark Ludmon looks at the ever-growing choice of ciders on the market and ideas for serving them While alcohol consumption continues to fall in the UK, cider has soared. Three in five adults now drink cider, significantly up compared to the year before when it was drunk by less than half of Britons, according to …

The overall champions have been named in the International Brewing Awards 2013 for beer and cider. They were announced at a presentation in London’s Guildhall with trophies awarded to the championship winners as well as bronze, silver and gold medals to the 96 winners across the 10 beer and cider categories. Chair of judges Bill …

Mark Ludmon visits the home of ABK6 cognac which combines modernity with tradition The vineyards stretching across the undulating hills of the Abécassis estate in Claix in south-west France look much like any other in the Cognac region. However, this is a producer with a difference, home to the modern cognac ABK6. Not only is …

British bartender David Ashton-Hyde has triumphed in an international competition to create a new beer with craft brewing company Innis & Gunn. His recipe for smoked beer infused with bourbon oak and maple syrup impressed the judges and will be released as a limited edition in September and October, exclusively for the on-trade in the …

The new London Distillery Company has announced the release of its first London-crafted gin, Dodd’s Gin, made with botanicals including honey from London bees. The distillery in Battersea, south-west London, has named it after Ralph Dodd, a late 18th-century entrepreneur and engineer who never realised his dream of making spirits in London. The small-batch gin, …

Sambuca is growing in bars thanks to flavours and a new focus on authenticity, reports Mark Ludmon Italian sambuca has a history dating back over two centuries, with roots that arguably may go back further to Arabia and the Far East and, in Italy, it is often drunk neat, on the rocks or in coffee. …