The week in pictures

It’s been a flower-filled week for the spirits industry with a host of celebrations for the Chelsea Flower Show, a new floral terrace at London’s OXO Tower courtesy of St-Germain and a botanical-bursting window display from Edinburgh Gin

Innovation driving rum’s move towards premiumisation

Rum has had a bad rap for failing to keep pace with premiumisation seen in other categories. But producers are proving they have the skills and innovation to make them just as worthy of premium price tags as any other spirit

Hendrick’s master distiller on creating a gin that defied convention

Hendrick’s kick-started the craft gin movement and now the brand has entered its most exciting chapter yet. Its master distiller, Lesley Gracie, tells SB about her love of breaking the rules

Calabrese creates 60s-inspired cocktails

Bartender Salvatore Calabrese has launched his latest menu for The Donovan Bar at luxury London hotel Brown’s, which features cocktails inspired by 1960s icons

Douglas Laing & Co: a brand history

From humble beginnings, Douglas Laing & Co has grown to become a Scotch whisky favourite. The Spirits Business speaks to members of the family about Ugandan dictators and how founder Fred was almost swapped at birth for Bruichladdich

Top five bars in… Geneva, Switzerland

On the surface, Geneva is a bourgeois Swiss city, housing world organisations and luxury shops. But dig a bit deeper and you’ll find a whole host of gritty bars and rousing nightlife, as well as classy cocktails

The week in pictures

In a week of firsts for the spirits world robot bartender Makr Shakr made its London debut, the Jim Beam Stillhouse hosted its inaugural pop-up show and newly-opened cocktail bar Top of the Pop served up free drinks

The art of fermentation in cocktails

Fungus and cultures may not sound appetising, but fermentation experiments are bringing ‘funky flavours’ to cocktails, SB discovers

Cocktail Stories: Espresso Zabaione

How do you take one of the world’s most popular cocktails to the next level? Add decadence and liquid nitrogen, according to Australia’s Eau de Vie

The UK’s richest spirits tycoons

From Casamigos Tequila founder George Clooney to the family behind Glenfiddich Scotch whisky, we present the richest people in the UK spirits industry according to The Sunday Times Rich List 2019

Hottest bar openings in April 2019

In our list of the best bars that opened in April, find out about London’s newest gaming hall and take a look inside Ryan Chetiyawardana’s first overseas drinking den

Berg and Kratena on opening their first London bar

Monica Berg and Alex Kratena have an impressive list of accolades to their names – but their new bar could be their biggest achievement yet

The week in pictures

In the week that saw Jose Cuervo conclude its Margarita Rumble contest, Patrón kicked off its 2019 Perfectionists Cocktail Competition and London’s Dabbers Social Bingo began its hunt for the next top bingo caller

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Single malt Scotch whisky Jura has unveiled a new six-figure campaign in the UK to support the brand’s recent relaunch

Pernod Ricard-owned Martell Cognac has launched an interactive talk show to highlight creatives across the worlds of music, art and entertainment

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