New designs have been unveiled for Absolut’s range of flavoured vodkas, using artistic abstract imagery rather than images of fruit. The new look will be seen for the first time this month with Absolut Pears and Absolut Raspberri, followed by the rest of the range later in 2013 and into 2014. Anna Kamjou, global design …

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London has launched a beer and food pairing menu in partnership with beer sommelier Marverine Cole to tie in with the introduction of its own lager. The Beer & Bites menu is running for one month on the hotel’s exclusive Hansom Hall Terrace before transferring to its Booking Office Bar. …

Energy bomb serves are now sold in two-thirds of bars and almost half of all pubs, according to a new report from on-trade specialist CGA Strategy. Rates of sale in the on-trade continue to rise, up nine per cent year on year. The best-seller is the Jägerbomb, served with Jägermeister liqueur and energy drink Red …

The Bar at The Dorchester in London has created the Louis XIII Dorchester Experience to celebrate the launch of the Louis XIII Rare Cask 42.6 cognac. A “flight” tray featuring each expression of Rémy Martin’s luxury Louis XIII range – Louis XIII, Louis XIII Black Pearl, Louis XIII Rare Cask 43.8 and Louis XIII Rare …

The winners of this year’s International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) have been announced. Products taking home category trophies include Adnams Copper House distillery with Copper House Distilled Gin and Asbach for its Private Brand 8 Jahre Gerdeift brandy. Buffalo Trace Distillery won the Bourbon Trophy for its Eagle Rare Single Barrel 10 Year Old …

Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands has brought Woodford Reserve Four Wood to the UK, the latest addition to the premium small-batch bourbon’s Master’s Collection range. It is a batch of bourbon that has been aged in American oak and then finished in barrels made from maple wood as well as casks that formerly held oloroso sherry and …

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 …