What’s on in August

Looking for the best boozy outings to fill your calendar in the month ahead? From a tropical pop-up in New York City to a vodka-soaked brunch in London, we’ve uncovered August’s most spirited events

Innovation in neutral: the trends shaping vodka

Vodka producers are reinvigorating the category by tapping into the health-conscious demand for lower-ABV drinks, revisiting flavoured variants and borrowing tactics from gin. We explore their creative approaches to giving the neutral spirit new life

SB meets… Bernard and Richard d’Offay, Takamaka Rum

Since 2002, the d’Offay brothers have been making Takamaka Rum in the Seychelles. We spoke to them about their distillery expansion and plans for global growth

The big interview: Pepijn Janssens, Amber Beverage Group

While Amber Beverage Group is strong when it comes to vodka and Tequila, the company is eager to tap into brown spirits, as chief marketing officer and managing director for the Americas Pepijn Janssens tells Melita Kiely

How bars can create safe spaces for queer communities

To foster welcoming environments for LGBTQ+ staff and customers, the bar industry must do more than merely pay lip service to inclusivity. Amy Hopkins speaks to experts who have been pioneering ways in which that can be achieved

Award-winning bottles for National Tequila Day

Ahead of National Tequila Day tomorrow (23 July), we rounded up seven excellent expressions from our latest blind tasting, perfect in a Margarita or served straight

Top 10 award-winning gins

From perfectly sweet Old Toms to aromatic London Dry expressions, the gin category boasts top-quality bottlings to suit every palate. These are 10 of the best from our recent blind-tasting competition

Booze Banter: our favourite RTDs

Welcome to Booze Banter, where we share the bottles, bars and trends that excite us most. Today we answer the age-old question: which ready-to-drink cocktails are actually delicious?

Monopoly no more: how mezcal certification is changing

Dissatisfaction with the way the mezcal industry’s regulator operates has prompted competing bodies to begin certifying. What impact will their presence have on the category?

Top 10 biggest-selling spirits brands

Our ranking of best-selling spirits experienced a shake-up this year due to the impact of Covid-19 and the addition of newly reporting brands. We count down the world’s biggest players in the industry

Top 10 spirits launches in June 2021

From the launch of a creamy vegan liqueur line to the unveiling of Glenglassaugh’s 50-year-old whisky, this is our selection of the best spirits released in June

The world’s top-selling local spirits

Though 2020 presented the spirits industry with obstacle after obstacle, many ‘local’ spirits – those with a massive presence in their home market – managed to succeed. We count down the top-performing brands

The world’s biggest-selling speciality spirits

Speciality spirits such as vermouths and apéritifs continue to turn drinkers’ heads – but how did these brands fare amid the challenges of 2020? We explore the performances of the category’s top sellers

Spirits Business TV

American singer Bruno Mars has expanded his Selvarey Rum range with a coconut-flavoured variant and kicked off a new campaign

Diageo has partnered with musician Joe Jonas on a new digital series to mark the US-wide launch of Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla gin

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