The week in pictures

Bourbon tastings, taxidermy masterclasses and the final of the IBA World Cocktail Championships 2017 – we look back at another action-packed week for the spirits industry

Should bartenders use a jigger?

Free-pouring may look impressive, but what does it lose in accuracy? Two top bartenders go head to head over which is better – a free hand or the precision of jiggers

Ten ‘quite interesting’ facts about cocktails

Cocktails have a somewhat mysterious and murky past, but their popularity today is huge. SB reveals 10 facts about cocktails past and present

SB meets… Enrique Mesa León, The Inca Distillery

SB talks to Enrique Mesa León, commercial manager of The Inca Distillery in Peru, about his company’s Amazonian gin, and commitment to using local ingredients

Top 10 virtual reality spirits activations

The spirits world has entered into a cutting-edge era of marketing, making use of innovative technologies like never before. Here’s our round-up of 10 head-turning virtual reality spirits activations

Top 10 royal family drinks

It’s not just commoners who are partial to a drink or two; the royal family has a history of enjoying a tipple as well. We round up 10 British royals and their favourite alcoholic beverages

Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2018 winners

For whisky geeks the world over, the wait is over – a new World Whisky of the Year has been named by Jim Murray. Here are the other expressions that have secured top accolades in the Whisky Bible 2018

The week in pictures

A star-studded week for the spirits industry saw Rita Ora team up with Absolut, while Casamigos hosted a celeb bash for Mexican restaurant Cantina and Bar Convent Berlin made its return to Germany

Narrative menus: ‘Creating cocktails is an art form’

Bartenders are increasingly looking to the art world to inspire their cocktail menus. SB discovers the serves that take their lead from great artists and cutting-edge technology

Keepers of the Quaich welcomes five new Masters

Revered Scotch whisky society Keepers of the Quaich has added five new Masters to its exclusive and international group – SB introduces the worthy recipients

London Cocktail Week 2017 in pictures

Scotch egg and whisky pairings, one-night-only bar residencies and an enchanting Polish forest made this year’s London Cocktail Week one of the biggest and best yet

Top new spirits books for autumn 2017

An exploration of all things Bourbon, a toast to history’s greatest women, and a guide to medicinal cocktails – these are our top spirits books for autumn 2017

The top 10 best value for money vodka brands

From super-premium serves to limited-edition flavours, there is a wide variety of vodkas to suit every budget. We round up the best value for money brands on the market

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Diageo has hired actor and comedian JB Smoove to front Crown Royal’s new campaign, created to help boost the Canadian whisky brand’s flavoured portfolio

Absolut vodka has teamed up with singer Rita Ora to launch The Open Mic Project By Absolut, which aims to use music “as an instigator for change”

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