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

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

Top 10 whisky ‘hybrids’

As the world of whisky begins to play with the prospect of serious innovation, it was but a matter of time before producers looked at cross-category creations to bolster their portfolios

Top 10 Olympians as drinks

They may be masters of their respective athletic fields, but if Olympians were reimagined as cocktails, where would they stand on the bar list? We assess the drinks potential of 10 gold medallists and separate the shots from the Sazeracs

Top 10 most unusual rums

Take a walk on the wild side this National Rum Day with our pick of the world’s most extraordinary rums – from casks aged under the sea to spirit made from sweet potatoes

P(our) Symposium explores modern bartending

What makes a modern bartender? This was the question posed at the first ever P(our) Symposium, where the trade took part in a lively debate

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

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