Recipes for drinks featured in the report on Christmas and New Year in the December 2012 issue of Bar magazine Christmas and New Year are a time for celebration, especially for licensees who come up with ideas that ensure they make the most of the festive opportunity. A range of new serves using Freixenet cavas …

The average price of a bottle of wine in the on-trade has increased by 2.36 per cent to £15.31 over the past year in the face of rising duty, according to the latest WineNation Report. The average price of non-branded wine in the on-trade now tops £17. Price rises have contributed to sales falling by …

Drew Mayville has been blending whiskey since 1980, first at Seagram and then at Diageo, before arriving at the Sazerac Company in 2004 where he is master blender for the likes of Buffalo Trace. He shared his passion for the spirit at a fantastic new pop-up bar in London’s Covent Garden last month, the Buffalo …

Innovation in cask selection and wood finishes are part of continuing excitement and exploration in the whisky category in the UK, reports Mark Ludmon Whisky may have been pushed by vodka into second place as Britons’ favourite spirit, but there is still a thirst for it. Even before Ardbeg Distillery released its 12-year-old Galileo in …

Drew Mayville has been blending whiskey since 1980, first at Seagram and then at Diageo, before arriving at the Sazerac Company in 2004 where he is master blender for the likes of Buffalo Trace. He shared his passion for the spirit at a fantastic new pop-up bar in London’s Covent Garden last month, the Buffalo …

Koji, a new premium soft drink inspired by a traditional Japanese infusion process, has been introduced to the on-trade by Future Drinks. It has 49 calories per bottle and is an additive-free and crisp lightly sparkling fruit drink. It is available in two flavours in 330ml bottles: Lemon & Ginger and Mandarin & Cranberry, with …

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 …