Pernod Ricard deal bolsters Corby’s FY results

    Despite a sales slump across its core portfolio, Canadian distributor Corby Spirit and Wine Limited is celebrating “strong” full year results, attributed to an increase in commission rates on Pernod Ricard brands

    ‘Drunk’ pilots arrested preparing to fly to US

    Two United Airlines pilots have been charged with being under the influence of alcohol before they were due to fly a passenger jet from Glasgow to Newark in the US

    Altia and Distell bring Scotch into deal

    Finnish drinks group Altia and Distell Group have agreed to extend an existing distribution partnership to now include the South Africa-based firm’s Scotch portfolio

Top 5 bars in… Chicago

Regardless of status – whether a destination spot or local watering hole – bars in the Windy City are embracing the good-time vibes

The week in pictures

Cocktail events, a Smirnoff tractor and the final of Bombay Sapphire’s 10th Annual Most Imaginative Bartender Comp, it’s been a crazy week for the spirits industry

London’s top shrub cocktails

With the fruit and vegetable growing period coming to a close – and autumn just around the corner – a fresh wave of seasonal sippers are set to hit bar menus in weeks to come. Stir up creativity with London’s top shrub cocktails

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Music ‘vital’ to consumers’ bar experience

While bars endeavour to create atmosphere through lighting, service style and furnishings, music choice is an often overlooked component to the consumer experience

Tasmania distillers unveil ‘unprecedented’ whisky

The Tasmanian Whisky Producers Association (TWPA) has released a limited edition whisky produced from new-make from nine distilleries

Cocktail Update

Alvino’s scoops Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai title

Newcastle-based bar Alvino’s has triumphed in the 2016 Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai UK cocktail competition, hosted by Emporia Brands and St Lucia Distillers

Staibano wins first GBS Cocktail Competition

Lemon cream liqueur brand Staibano has created the winning cocktail recipe in the inaugural Great British Summer Cocktail Competition, the final for which was held last night

Duck & Waffle forages in London for cocktails

Leading London bar Duck & Waffle has introduced a new cocktail menu containing food waste and ingredients foraged in London


Wenneker Swizzle Masters Art Deco Cognac finalists

This month’s Wenneker Swizzle Masters round transported bartenders back to the ‘roaring twenties’ with a brief that called for elegant, classy Cognac cocktails

Top 10 unusual whisky cask finishes

From herring barrels to maple syrup containers, SB has sorted through experimental endeavours and bizarre bottlings to reveal 10 of the most curious casks to have housed whisky over the years

Top 10 whiskies with strange backstories

Mythical beasts, beloved pets and bacon-flavoured cocktails are just a few of the strange situations which have inspired whiskies of the world – SB reveals 10 top whisky narratives

IWSR reveals key global drinks trends

From health conscious consumers to cross-category experimentation, these are the trends that are making the spirits world tick in 2016, according to the IWSR’s Global Trends Report

The week in pictures

This week SB discovered a nudist pop-up bar in London, hosted the inaugural Luxury Masters 2016, and enjoyed cocktail events aplenty

Spirits Business TV

Tequila Herradura Ultra has unveiled a new global creative campaign, ‘Sound of Smoothness’, featuring visualised sound frequencies to bring its liquid to life

Vodka brand Stoli has created a series of “Extreme Cocktailling” videos as it steps up its #DrinkWhatYouWant campaign to counter “beer pressure” among men

After she sent a social media complaint to Pimm’s, the Diageo-owned brand has appointed Judy Murray as its ‘chief foliage officer’ for the tennis season

Spirits Business top 10

Regardless of status – whether a destination spot or local watering hole – bars in the Windy City are embracing the good-time vibes

Cocktail events, a Smirnoff tractor and the final of Bombay Sapphire’s 10th Annual Most Imaginative Bartender Comp, it’s been a crazy week for the spirits industry

With the fruit and vegetable growing period coming to a close – and autumn just around the corner – a fresh wave of seasonal sippers are set to hit bar menus in weeks to come. Stir up creativity with London’s top shrub cocktails

This month’s Wenneker Swizzle Masters round transported bartenders back to the ‘roaring twenties’ with a brief that called for elegant, classy Cognac cocktails

From herring barrels to maple syrup containers, SB has sorted through experimental endeavours and bizarre bottlings to reveal 10 of the most curious casks to have housed whisky over the years

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UK Bar Menu of the Year 2016

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The Vodka Masters 2016

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