A pop-up bar is being launched for Belvedere Vodka for London Cocktail Week, offering consumers a chance to find out about the Martini. Running from Monday October 7 to Sunday October 13, the Belvedere Martini Bar will host a number of master classes at its venue in 38 Earlham Street in Seven Dials, Covent Garden. …

Frank McGivern (pictured), who has headed leading bars in London, Edinburgh and Australia, has taken on the new role of brand ambassador for black raspberry liqueur Chambord. He has joined the team at Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands to raise awareness of the luxury French liqueur. His work will include training sessions, master classes, consumer and trade …

Six bartenders have been selected to go head to head in the final of a competition run by cocktail mix brand Funkin to find an Innovation Champion brand ambassador. The line-up is Stuart Hudson and Andrea Montague from consultancy Forgotten Hospitality, Matthew Coates from Jake’s Bar & Still Room in Leeds, Daniel Redman Hubley from …

The team behind award-winning London cocktail bar Purl are to run a six-month pop-up bar in south London. They are to open Purl At The Bedford in Balham from November 5 to April 27, bringing the unusual and eye-catching cocktails that they are well-known for. Purl in Marylebone was opened three years ago by consultancy …

A competition challenging leading UK bartenders to create their own interpretation of a classic Grey Goose Martini has been won by Nathan O’Neill from Milk & Honey in London. He triumphed in the UK final of the Grey Goose Le Rendez-Vous cocktail competition at The Gilbert Scott at London’s St Pancras Renaissance Hotel to win …

RTD brand VK is offering a theatrical new serve for the Halloween period with the concept of “crackling” Ghoul-Fish Bowls for sharing cocktails. Its branded fishbowls are being promoted to bars, clubs and pubs with a spooky twist, supported by point-of-sale materials including screen media and special ingredients to enhance the drinks. Global Brands marketing …

The number of people switching from beer and wine to cocktails is greater than previously thought, according to leading drinks company Cellar Trends. Drawing on its own research, the distributor believes that about 30,000 on-trade outlets serve cocktails in the UK – 25 per cent more than the 24,000 estimated by on-trade specialist CGA Strategy. …

A cocktail bar, described as a “local urban living room”, opens today downstairs from Gordon Ramsay Group’s high-profile new restaurant Union Street Café. Open from early evening until late, Union Street Bar in Borough, south London, will serve creative and classic cocktails taking influence from Mediterranean and Italian flavours. It will reflect the menu of …

Cocktails have been created at two top London bars to tie in with the Iconoclasts of Taste project run for Grey Goose vodka. The brand has been working with its “Emerging Iconoclasts” who were selected by judges seeking people pioneering a new and visionary movement, product or concept in food and drink. The three iconoclasts …

After winning the crown at this year’s Bols Around the World competition, Rusty Cerven has embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime trip beginning with a visit to New Orleans to experience Tales of the Cocktail first-hand. In this travelogue, Rusty details his time in New Orleans and the exciting five days in one of the cocktail capitals …