Pryzm Bristol

The former site of Birmingham superclub Gatecrasher is to be transformed into a new Pryzm club by The Deltic Group. It is investing £1.4m in the project in Broad Street in the city centre, planning to turn it into a new multi-room venue, creating over 50 new jobs. It will be its sixth club operating …

Courvoisier Champagne Cocktail

Bartenders are being challenged to create a new twist on the classic Champagne Cocktail inspired by Paris’s Golden Age in a new competition for Courvoisier cognac. Running globally, the competition will be prefaced in the UK by masterclasses across the country in nine cities from January to March ahead of the UK final in April. …

FERNET BRANCA

Bartenders are being challenged to create two drinks – “one for me, one for you” – in a new competition for classic Italian bitter liqueur Fernet-Branca. UK distributor Hi-Spirits is seeking two recipes – one that appeals to bartenders’ own tastes and one with a strong consumer appeal – to reflect the social aspects of …

Dry Martini back bar

Younger drinkers are set to drive continued growth for gin but white rum is struggling in “stormy waters”, according to a new report from Mintel. Over two in five (42%) Britons aged 18 to 34 have drunk gin in the past 12 months, compared to just over a quarter (27%) of over-45s. This is in …

Absolut Bloody Mary

Pernod Ricard UK has announced the 10 bartenders whose cocktails have been selected as the best in a competition to find a new classic Absolut Vodka cocktail. They were challenged to come up with a 13th classic to join the brand’s list of 12 classic vodka cocktails such as a Bloody Mary (pictured), a Cosmopolitan …

world class finalists

The first five bartenders to go through to the GB final of the latest Diageo Reserve World Class competition have been announced. After 50 competitors from across the UK took part in the first of two semi-finals yesterday, judges selected five from London. They are: Liam Broom of Callooh Callay in Shoreditch Sean Fennelly of …

cocktails

More than one in five on-trade outlets now serve cocktails and that is set to continue rising, according to research by premium mixes brand Finest Call and its UK distributor Cellar Trends. They predict that the cocktail market will account for 10% of spirits sales by 2020, with key trends driving it in the short …

Fig Negroni

To tie in with the feature on Christmas drinks in our November print edition, Mark Ludmon presents cocktails lined up by bars around the UK, including recipes This year will be the first Christmas for Pecking Order, the restaurant and cocktail bar that opened in Stanmore in north-west London earlier this year. But, with summer …

Spectre Cocktail W London

Bars are shaking and stirring up special cocktails to tie in with the release of the latest James Bond movie, Spectre. Many are serving up the official Belvedere Spectre 007 Martini, created for Belvedere Vodka to mark its partnership with the film. It is a modern twist on the classic Dirty Martini, mixing Belvedere with …

pink your drink finalists

A cocktail inspired by an Indian lassi helped Estonian bartender Irina Jelizarova win the global final of Rhuby Liqueur’s Pink Your Drink competition. Her drink, Rhuby Travels To Goa, earned her a place in the global final which was held this weekend in Åkers styckebruk, west of Stockholm, which is the home of the rhubarb-based …