edinburgh gin plum vanilla liqueur

Edinburgh Gin has released a new gin liqueur flavour for 2016 – Plum & Madagascan Vanilla – believed to be the first of its kind available in the UK. It is made with the natural flavours of juicy Scottish plums and Madagascan vanilla and follows the success of the company’s other fruit gin liqueurs, Raspberry, …

Paloma Muerta

On October 31, the veil between the living and the dead will be briefly lifted, giving free rein to zombies, vampires, ghosts and demons from the depths of Hell. The only way to deal with all that is to have a drink or two, and some bars are providing some inventive ways to do just …

Wild Turkey Rare Breed boubon

Wild Turkey’s Rare Breed – the number-one barrel-proof bourbon in the US – has been released in the UK. It is bottled at barrel proof of 56.4% ABV, giving an extra edge to the bourbon’s rich and silky character with sweet and spicy notes and a long, dried fruit finish. It is made with six-year-old …

free spirit

A premium non-carbonated fruit drink brand, Free Spirit, has been launched exclusively in the on-trade, aimed at adults. The five blended fruit flavours have been conceived in response to consumer demand for a more sophisticated adult soft drink offering. They are Blood Orange, Lemon & Yuzu, Spiced Tomato, Apple Mint & Lime, and Watermelon & …

cognac

Leading bars in London are celebrating cognac with a series of special cocktail lists and events throughout the autumn. Co-ordinated by the London Cognac Bureau, it will be the first #CognacSocial, developed to encourage drinkers and diners to indulge in cognac and explore the different styles available. Activities include a special cognac dessert and cocktail …

beefeater-winner-cocktail

Joe Ballinger from Liverpool bar Berry & Rye has been chosen to represent the UK in the global finals of the 2016 Beefeater MIXLDN Cocktail Competition. He won the UK final in early October with his cocktail On Holiday By Mistake (pictured), impressing the judges with what they described as “a masterclass in creating the …

The Epicurean show

A new drinks event takes place in London this week, showcasing boutique spirits, craft beers and artisanal wine alongside fine food producers. Taking place on Friday October 28 and Saturday October 29 at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, it will feature 150 premium, hard-to-find wines, beers, spirits and fine foods. The event will be …

The Pagination CGI

Bar and restaurant group Drake & Morgan is to re-brand two of the Corney & Barrow sites that it acquired in its takeover of the operator in July. The Corney & Barrow bar in Old Broad Street in the City will be relaunched as The Otherist in late November and Corney & Barrow in Cabot …

Lentil Lites

Fairfields Farm is picking up on consumer demand for healthier bar snacks with the launch of Lentil Lites into the bar and pub sector. The wholesome, low-fat and low-calorie crisps are made with lentil flour and available in three flavours: Tomato & Herb, Blue Cheese and Jalapeno & Lime. Each bag contains less than 99 …

Scapegrace Gin

Scapegrace Gin from New Zealand has been launched in the UK through a new distribution deal with drinks specialist Hi-Spirits. The gin is produced by Rogue Society Distilling Co, billed as the gin “from the bottom of the world”, using spring water sourced from New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Made with 12 botanicals sourced from around …