The week in pictures

Rock bands, meal worm cocktails, Bourbon tutorials and an Underground Punch Pong League all caught the attention of the spirits industry this week

Top 5 bars in… Liverpool

In the midst of a renaissance, bartenders are creating a booming independent bar industry of their own in Liverpool, UK, full of tikis, speakeasies and dive hangouts

Kentucky’s Bourbon boom in pictures

Last week SB took a tour around Kentucky’s Bourbon distilleries to catch up on their construction, expansion and new innovations. This is what we found.

Craft spirits make way for single estate category

The much-paraded wine terms of “provenance” and “terroir” have seeped into the world of spirits with the rise of single estate expressions – but is the category here to stay?

Elements 8 Rum redesigns bottles for bartenders

Elements 8 Rum has given its entire range a packaging makeover to emphasise the “contemporary nature” of the brand and make its bottles more ergonomic for bartenders

Cocktail Update

Nightjar to open second London bar

The founders of London bar Nightjar are to open a second, larger venue in the capital, named Oriole

Calabrese creates world’s oldest Martini

Famed bartender Salvatore Calabrese has created what is thought to be the world’s oldest Martini containing gin and bitters from 1900

Belvedere launches James Bond cocktail comp

As part of its partnership with new James Bond film Spectre, Belvedere has launched a global cocktail competition for bartenders across the world


Top 10 New York speakeasies

The re-emergence of speakeasy bars has taken the global cocktail scene by storm, but New York boasts some of the best clandestine drinking dens in the world

Top 10 spirits trade organisations

The spirits industry could never have achieved the success it boasts today without the dedicated support, representation and unrelenting lobbying efforts of these top 10 trade organisations

The week in pictures

A Hollywood superstar, royal couple, tastings, botanical gardens and whisky culinary delights all got the spirits industry talking this week

Top 10 spirits packaging makeovers

The spirits industry is a fiercely competitive world, with brands constantly striving to stand out from the masses with innovative new bottle designs that communicate their premium status

Top 10 cocktail masterclasses in London

If you struggle to decipher a modern Mojito from a contemporary Caipirinha, or if you’re just looking for some flavour inspiration, it might be worth brushing up your skills with a cocktail masterclass

Spirits Business TV

Rémy Cointreau has released its first webisode under the guidance of new creative director Laetitia Casta

Just last month 12 of the UK’s finest bartenders competed for the chance to win their name on a limited edition batch of Edgerton Pink Gin in a tense cocktail competition

Edgerton Pink Gin has spent the past week wooing women on the streets of London, and turned the adventure into a marketing video the brand hopes will go viral in time for Valentine’s Day tomorrow

Spirits Business top 10

The much-paraded wine terms of “provenance” and “terroir” have seeped into the world of spirits with the rise of single estate expressions – but is the category here to stay?

The deadline for Jose Cuervo’s global bartending competition is looming, and the chance to be the brand’s future Don of Tequila will soon slip away – do you have the cojones to enter?

Rock bands, meal worm cocktails, Bourbon tutorials and an Underground Punch Pong League all caught the attention of the spirits industry this week

In the midst of a renaissance, bartenders are creating a booming independent bar industry of their own in Liverpool, UK, full of tikis, speakeasies and dive hangouts

Ask any bartender and they’ll tell you that crafting a new cocktail menu takes creativity, patience a huge amount of effort – so should bars serve customers drinks which are not listed?

Upcoming Competitions

This list of the world's 10 most popular Scotch brands shows which names have out-performed the category

The Scotch Whisky Masters 2015

Closing date:06 May 2015
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The Gin Masters 2015

Closing date:03 June 2015
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The Irish Whiskey Masters 2015

Closing date:08 July 2015