Cocktail Stories: Singapore Sling

The Long Bar at Raffles Singapore is renowned for creating the Singapore Sling, so when renovations were announced, the cocktail was refreshed too. “Having been created at the Long Bar in 1915 by Raffles bartender Ngiam Tong Boon, the iconic Singapore Sling is an extremely important part of the bar,” says Frederic Serol, executive assistant manager of food and beverage at Raffles Singapore. The gin‐based classic cocktail has been served up in the Long Bar…

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Hospitality sector unites in face of pandemic

The drinks industry has acutely felt the impact of covid-19 on its workforce. But while these are undeniably testing and troublesome times for thousands of industry members, acts of kindness and camaraderie have spilled out across our brilliant sector. The speed at which the coronavirus pandemic has evolved has hit everyone hard. Countries have been forced into lockdowns, job losses have sky rocketed and in the most tragic cases, death tolls are rising. There is…

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Drinks industry responds to 2020 budget

Today’s UK budget addressed looming issues such as coronavirus and US tariffs, while spirits duty was once again frozen. The Spirits Business rounds up views from the drinks industry to see how the statement could impact the sector. Earlier today (11 March), the drinks industry was delivered some good news when new UK chancellor Rishi Sunak said in the 2020 budget that the “planned increase in spirits duty will be cancelled”, while duty on beer,…

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The week in pictures

London’s Hayman Distillery welcomed HRH Duke of Kent to officially open the family-owned distillery. The London distillery, which is located just four miles from where the family started distilling more than 150 years ago, was opened by the duke, who was joined by 4th and 5th generation members of the Hayman family; Christopher, James & Miranda. The family led a guided tour of the site, which featured a visit to the laboratory, the still room…

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Top 10 spirits launches in February 2020

The “world’s first” carbon-neutral gin, a Bourbon cask-finished Courvoisier spirit drink and Ireland’s “oldest” Irish whiskey range were among the top products unveiled last month. With Dry January over, spirits producers unveiled their latest innovations in February to attract new drinkers. Gin dominated our list with new line extensions from Gordon’s, which continued to build on its flavoured portfolio, while Hendrick’s and Martin Miller’s unveiled limited edition offerings in the UK. Cognac brand Courvoisier experimented…

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