It is often said that the Edinburgh Festival Fringe wouldn’t – or couldn’t happen – without alcohol. Bars open round the clock and it’s not unusual to see people drinking pints at 10 o’clock in the morning. Bars pop up in the most unlikely places to support the temporary performance spaces that take over churches, …

After nearly 100 years, absinthe is about to become legal again in France. The French Senate voted last month to lift the ban on what was once its national drink in the 19th century. But absinthe has been going through a renaissance in the UK since the late 1990s and even in France it has …

Over the last decade or so, Henry Besant reckons he has visited more than 50 tequila distilleries in his travels around Mexico, and just as many mezcal distilleries. He and Dre Masso, his partner at Worldwide Cocktail Club, have also helped to develop Olmeca Altos tequila with Pernod Ricard. So he is a good man …

After weeks of promising “some very exciting news”, Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands (BBFB) last night revealed what it has been up to: bottled ready-to-drink Bacardi cocktails. “Inspired” by what it calls the brand’s “legacy cocktails”, it is launching a new range called Bacardi Originals which will initially feature Bacardi Mojito and Bacardi Cuba Libre.  It is …

Aura nightclub in London’s Mayfair has no doubt witnessed all manner of high jinks by the rich and famous over the years, but Friday was probably the first time it’s played host to Ukrainian fiddle music. The venue was chosen for the official launch of Zorokovich 1917, a vodka developed by Dan Edelstyn, a documentary …