Hayman’s moves into rum with Charles Merser & Co

Gin producer Hayman’s has launched what it claims is London’s first rum blending house for more than a century, called Charles Merser & Co. The new firm will release its first rum in the UK in October – Merser’s Double Barrel (43.6% ABV) – which will be available from supermarket Waitrose for an RRP of £38 (US$47). Symposium will distribute the brand in the UK. Charles Merser & Co will source, blend, marry and bottle…

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The week in pictures

Bacardi headed to Colorado this week for this year’s Seven Peaks Music Festival, where the brand helped festivalgoers relax and “enjoy a taste of the Caribbean”. Bacardi opened its Bacardi Bay activation, which brought comfortable seating, charging stations, “heartland-inspired Instagramable moments” and cocktails to the country music festival. At the Bacardi Bay, drinkers could enjoy the Peaks Punch, made with Bacardi Lime, watermelon liqueur and lime juice; and the Lemon Squeeze, which combined Bacardi Superior…

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Artesian invites global bartenders for takeover series

London cocktail bar Artesian at The Langham hotel is set to host a series of takeover events featuring guests shifts with bartenders from around the world. Taking place from 18 September until 20 October, the series will see bars including Hope & Sesame in Guangzhou, China; Crown Shy in New York, USA; and Public in Sheffield, UK, take over the London hotel bar for one night each. During the takeovers, each venue will create an…

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Top cocktails to try before summer ends

The world’s bars are continually concocting new cocktails, making it a tough choice when selecting your next tipple. Here, SB rounds up the latest seasonal serves worth sampling before summer ends north of the Equator. With new, imaginative cocktail menus launching every week it can seem like an impossible task to keep up with all the latest drinks being shaken, thrown and stirred. As high profile venues such as Atlas, Death & Co, Connaught Bar…

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Cocktail Stories: Three Sheets Cosmo

Instead of simply updating the recipe for one classic cocktail, Three Sheets co-founder Max Venning decided to innovate with two drinks instead. Three Sheets in London has gained a reputation for creating some of the capital’s most innovative cocktails. So when it came to updating a classic such as the Cosmopolitan, it was sure to produce something special. The bar’s co-­founder, Max Venning, took the vodka­ and triple sec­-based drink and presented a Cosmo as…

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