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Spirits Trends

Spirits trends; articles and tips from industry experts covering the latest spirits used in leading bars, nightclubs and restaurants. See how new spirits can drive profitability to your bar or nightclub.

Pernod Ricard USA Premium Brands Receive Most Double Gold and Gold Combined in San Francisco World Spirits Competition   April 19, 2012

Pernod Ricard USA is proud to announce that its portfolio of premium spirits brands has claimed the most Double Gold and Gold Medals combined at the prestigious 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. More>>

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The 12 Most Fascinating New Gins   March 13, 2012

Americans are rediscovering the simple elegance and wonderful complexity of Britain’s most famous export. In the event you missed the fanfare of initial release, the following are our choice of the most fascinating new gins that you likely haven’t heard of… yet:More>>

Mezcal Article
Mezcal Makes its Move   March 7, 2012

Why the sudden interest in mezcal? Loving mezcal is nothing new — it’s just that those inspired by the rustic and smoky Mexican spirit have kept it mostly to themselves until now.More>>

Tasting Shochu Article
Shochu Deserves to be Recognized Worldwide   February 21, 2012

Once wrong (or maybe just premature), a bar prognosticator again tries to prove that soju/shochu/sochu has a place in cocktails and behind American bars. More>>

Joe Miller Article
Gin & Tonic, Spanish Style   February 21, 2012

In Santa Monica, Bar Pintxo melds the Spanish love affair with gin and the American default gin-based drink, Gin & Tonic, to come up with a drink menu that offers many tweaks of the classic. More>>

NCB Show Article
Boutique Spirits Highlight Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show   February 10, 2012

The upcoming 2012 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show, to be held March 12-14 in Las Vegas, will feature a number of superior boutique spirit brands in the Emerging and Boutique Brands Pavilion on the show floor. Some of the entrants include:More>>

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Boutique Spirits: When Smaller is Better   February 10, 2012

Offering your clientele a fresh array of spirits on your backbar is a proven tactic for bolstering beverage sales. There are more handmade, so-called boutique spirits from which to choose now on the market than ever before.More>>

Mezcal Article
Whiskey and Mescal Top the Single-Spirit Trend   February 7, 2012

In case you missed it, American whiskey is on a big, fat roll, but mescal isn't too far behind! Go beyond the simple pour and sip and mix up the single-spirit theme.More>>

Whiskey Article
Irish Whiskey: It’s Not Just for St. Patty’s Day    January 20, 2012

Plenty of supplier activity has ramped up growing consumer interest in all sorts of Irish whiskey — blended, single malt, special finishes, ages and strengths — as new brands and extensions start to drop in anticipation of the St. Patrick’s Day selling season.More>>

Vodka Article
Transparent Gems: The Very Best in Vodka   January 17, 2012

Vodka will remain America’s spirit of choice for the foreseeable future. Its increasing popularity means that a stream of interesting new brands will continue entering the market. To shallow the learning curve, here’s a scouting report on the best new vodkas you may not have heard of... yet.More>>

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