With just a week to go before Halloween on 31 October, we look at what drinks brands and UK bars are doing to spook things up. To kick things off on Thursday 24 October, Kraken Black Spiced Rum is collaborating with immersive theatre group Les Enfants Terribles for ‘Screamfest: The Ocean of Souls’. Upon arrival …

The Spirit Show 2018

The Spirit Show is opening up a world of drinks innovation on 22 and 23 November at London’s Business Design Centre. The history of The Spirit Show is brief but its rise as a must-attend event for the bar industry has been rapid. Originally launched in 2016 as a tasting event for the general public, …

RumFest 2017

RumFest is back for 2018 on 20 and 21 October, and what’s more, London Rum Week has been launched to prolong the celebrations. More than 400 rums from around the world will be brought together for RumFest when it returns on October 20 and 21 to London’s Earl’s Court. Dedicated mixologists, master blenders and rum …

WSET spirits tasting

In August 2019, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) will be launching the new first-of-its-kind WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits. Candidates who have completed the WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits will be able to progress to the new qualification, which is designed to complement the global growth in spirits and the industry’s …

Tia Maria Espresso Martini

Tia Maria continues to ‘drive the coffee revolution’ by encouraging licensees to take advantage of the end of meal occasion. Gemma Monaghan, on-trade marketing manager at Tia Maria, says: “We’re not the only ones that love coffee cocktails. After-dinner is a sales opportunity that often can make a difference to your profits at the end …

Restaurant & Bar Tech Live

Restaurant & Bar Tech Live is taking place on 25-26 September at the ExCeL in London. Restaurant & Bar Tech Live is Europe’s leading event dedicated to the emerging technologies and services that are transforming the future of restaurant and bars. Running alongside six other leading hospitality shows, it forms part of the largest show …

danil nevsky horse milk

Danil Nevsky describes himself as a bartender, consultant and vagabond. After working at bars in Scotland such as Orchid in Aberdeen, he went on to Tales & Spirits in Amsterdam and now Two Schmucks in Barcelona. He is also co-owner of bartender social media platform Cocktails For You and travels the globe consulting, running workshops …

Spirit of Art by Giffard_HK_Rita Bonita

The worlds of bartending and tattoos come together in a second edition of a book produced by Giffard liqueurs under the banner of Spirit of Art. After the launch in 2015 which focused on UK bartenders, the latest edition focuses on bartenders in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. It was launched at the …

Cubana Adrian Bagnoli John WIckham

Cubana in Sheffield has unveiled a new menu boasting 220 different rums which took the bar’s rum specialist John Wickham nearly 18 months to put together. He has provided tasting notes for every single rum on the menu, stretching to 12,500 words. It is a big jump for the bar which stocked 161 bars when …

Heineken Greenpaper Jerry Shedden

With the bank holiday weekend on the horizon, Heineken UK has predicted a big boost to UK on-trade sales. This prediction is based on Heineken’s largest piece of category research ever conducted which launched last month – called The Greenpaper – a new category initiative made up of six growth drivers predicted to boost the …