Alessandro Palazzi: ‘Hospitality is like military service’

Having started his bartending career in the 1970s, Alessandro Palazzi has worked his way up to become the duke of Dukes, the London hotel where he has forged a reputation for making some of the world’s best Martinis. *This feature was originally published in the August 2019 issue of The Spirits Business Tucked away in a cul‐de‐sac in London’s affluent St James’s neighbourhood, Dukes hotel has long been serving what are widely considered the capital’s…

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The week in pictures

Reyka Vodka this week opened the doors to the “world’s first” glacier bar, popping up at the Langjökull Glacier in Iceland. Open until 20 October, the Reyka Vodka Glacier Bar welcomed intrepid adventurers for signature Reyka Vodka cocktails including the Puffin Collins. Armed with only the bar’s co-ordinates, Reyka challenged adventurous vodka fans to locate the bar, where they would be rewarded with a warm welcome, cocktails and a chance to explore the brand’s Icelandic…

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Innovation and classic cocktails drive vermouth’s revival

Vermouth is enjoying a resurgence, and Italian producers have banded together to ensure quality remains paramount. The Spirits Business looks at how a perfect storm of consumer trends means the time is ripe for the category to truly take of. *This feature was originally published in the July 2019 issue of The Spirits Business There’s a ‘national’ day to toast every spirit and cocktail you could imagine – and there’s even a World Cucumber Day,…

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Eastern Europe: Affordability ‘biggest barrier’ to recruiting new drinkers

For all the political chill in the air, Russian demand for international spirits appears to be undimmed, and Poland is positively thriving. *This feature was originally published in the April 2019 issue of The Spirits Business Five years into the new Cold War, precipitated by Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, and there’s little sign of a thaw on the political front. Yet for all the sanctions and threats of boycotts, the market for western…

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Top seven best-selling speciality spirits

The burgeoning movement towards low-alcohol and the apéritif occasion have helped take speciality spirits global. We look at the brands taking the category by storm. Speciality spirits are finding their fame on the world stage as consumers start to become more health-conscious, paving the way for bitters and vermouth brands to shine as the star ingredient of cocktails. Bright orange apéritif Aperol continued to witness double-digit increases, benefitting from trends relating to lower-­alcohol serves, al…

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