Guest blogger Gareth Evans of Pollen Street Social in London reports on his trip to Mexico to represent the UK at the global final of the Tahona Society Cocktail Competition

Gareth Evans of Pollen Street Social in London reports on his trip to Mexico to represent the UK at the global final of the Tahona Society Cocktail Competition Day 1 So it seems that “Going to compete in a cocktail competition” is not a valid reason to visit Guadalajara, according to US customs. This answer …

Living in a country where tequila is still considered by many as only for shots, it is no surprise that eyebrows are raised when you order a glass to sip with your meal. If you have dinner with Ruben Aceves – global brand ambassador for Herradura tequilas – expect him to suggest a tequila to …

Not many people in the UK knew Toorank Distilleries until a few years ago when it started winning awards and making waves with premium spirits such as Sloane’s Gin. But the business dates back 34 years and is the fourth largest distiller in its native Netherlands, with facilities producing about 1,000 different products for more …

As if Edinburgh didn’t already have enough great bars, this August has brought more pop-up bars than ever to the Scottish capital to tie in with the festivals, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. You could enjoy a taste of Italy at the Aperol Spritz Bar or mix up a Cuban cocktail at the Mojito Embassy …

Out in the Cotswolds countryside, in the market town of Woodstock, is the world’s biggest collection of gin. This is no casual statement by the owners of the Feathers Hotel – it was officially certified last month by an adjudicator from Guinness World Records who counted 161 different varieties of gin stocked in the hotel’s …

In July, trade and consumers will come together in the Art Deco setting of the Heritage Rooms in Bloomsbury, London, for Cocktails on a Grand Scale. Organised by drinks company Maxxium UK for Courvoisier, this event will promote cognac’s mixability by highlighting three classic drinks: the champagne cocktail, the Sazerac, and punch. Maxxium UK’s marketing …

As Dominic Roskrow and his team were writing new book 1001 Whiskies You Must Try Before You Die, they were hearing about another 10 to 20 new whiskies being introduced every week. The doorstop-like book has 960 pages but is just the “tastiest tip of a very large proverbial iceberg”, Dominic says. He points to …

Look back at the cocktail books of the 19th century and early 20th century, and you find sherry as a common ingredient. American bartender Jerry Thomas’s 1862 guide features a Sherry Cobbler adding sugar and orange, and a Sangaree mixing sherry with sugar, water and nutmeg. In Harry Craddock’s 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book, recipes include …

Cider is on the advance in the UK – and lager better watch out, according to analysts at research company Mintel.About three out of five British drinkers say they find cider more refreshing than lager, with half saying it has a fresher taste and 44 per cent preferring its sweeter taste.This follows a storming period of innovation including …