Bars are responding to demand for sweeter cocktails inspired by classic puddings and sweets, reports Mark Ludmon  The revival in classic and vintage cocktails has transformed drinks lists at Britain’s bars, as bartenders explore the history of their profession. But a Whiskey Sour or a Hanky Panky are not to everyone’s taste, and sweeter, creamy cocktails are making a …

While bottled water brands continue to see declines in bars, the choice of mains-fed filtration systems continues to grow It is now two years since an amendment to the Licensing Act made it mandatory for bars and pubs to supply free tap water on request.Although this merely enshrined in law something that many operators were …

Innovations in flavour are opening up exciting new ways for using vodka, reports Mark Ludmon  From chocolate raspberry to tea and chilli, new flavoured vodkas are arriving in the UK to open up ideas for simple mixed drinks and cocktails.The latest addition to the Absolut Flavours range is Wild Tea, which brings together the dark …

Leading bar and restaurant operators Jamie Barber and David Ponté are making us rethink cachaça. With their two “Brasilian barbecue restaurants” Cabana in London, they are showing that Brazil’s national spirit, made from fermented sugarcane juice, is far more versatile than just Caipirinhas. Jamie is best known for Villandry, Kitchen Italia and Hush while David, …

The world has changed considerably since Midori was launched at legendary New York club Studio 54 in 1978, not least the world of bartending. For many years, all that mattered was that it tasted of melons, it was green and generally it made drinks that also looked green. Its owners closely guarded how it was …

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 …