Gin & Tonic Day - today

19 October, 2017

To celebrate International Gin and Tonic Day (October 19), Bacardi Global Travel Retail and Virgin Atlantic are marking the occasion with the official launch of its new ‘Flying Bartender’ programme.

Danish gin brand Kongsgaard has been named Craft Gin Club’s April gin of the month.

Bombay Sapphire wants to ‘demonstrate a leadership role’ in the gin industry with the launch of Star of Bombay.

Gruppo Campari has announced the acquisition of super premium gin, Bulldog for US$58.4 million (€54.1m).

Beam Suntory has taken over British craft gin and vodka producer, Sipsmith.

Bulldog Gin is refocusing its efforts on the UK and US markets after putting them on the ‘back burner’, according to its UK development manager.

William Grant & Sons has announced the launch of an on-trade campaign to raise awareness of the way to serve Hendrick’s & Tonic - garnished with cucumber. 

Seymourpowell has announced a collaboration with Silent Pool Distillers, to create an artisan gin distilled in the Surrey Hills.

The number of new distilleries in England has jumped by 33% in the space of a year, UHY Hacker Young has announced.

Online gin retailer launches

30 September, 2015

An Australian bottle shop has launched what it claims is the world’s first online specialist gin retail website for Australian gin enthusiasts called Gin Heaven.

Said to be made with cold-distilled quinine and fresh citrus peel, 1897 Quinine gin was launched yesterday (August 20) which was World Mosquito Day.

Leading gin brand Beefeater is calling on the world’s top bartenders to enter this year’s Beefeater MIXLDN Global Bartender Cocktail Competition.

Beefeater London Sounds is the name of the gin brand's latest limited edition.

The UK’s Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) says it will be celebrating the seventh annual World Gin Day tomorrow by highlighting the success of the UK’s growing gin industry.

Tom Nichol, Diageo’s retiring master distiller for its Tanqueray gin brand, received a lifetime achievement award from the Gin Guild on Thursday evening at its annual dinner (May 29).

Cocktail bar, Mr Fogg’s in London’s Mayfair said to be the home of the eccentric British adventurer, Phileas J. Fogg is the site of Hendrick’s gin brand’s Botanical Garden.

Drinks buyers wishing to guarantee a place at Monday's Think Gin event can register today (Friday) up until 5pm.

Gin distiller Hayman has launched a small batch gin called Family Reserve, which is rested for three weeks in aged scotch whisky barrels.

DJ Limbrey Distilling Co has announced that its self-styled super-premium gin, D1 London, is launching in Hong Kong on September 25.

The UK has more craft gin distilleries per head of population than the US, distiller Mark Gamble told an audience at the Gin Guild Ginposium on Tuesday (June 3).

The gin category is expanding, and fast, the first grand rectifier of the Gin Guild Christopher Hayman announced at the first Gin Guild Ginposium last Tuesday (June 3).

Ginebra San Miguel is the top gin brand in the world despite 11% negative growth, according to Drinks International’s Millionaires Club 2014. 

The Gin Guild, a trade body set up in 2012 to encourage excellence in gin distillation and promote the category worldwide, has 25 new members.

Quintessential Brands, owners of the London Dry gin brand Bloom, has launched of its first ‘summer limited edition gin liquor’, Bloom Strawberry Cup.

Pernod Ricard Travel Retail Europe has unveiled its largest travel retail activation to date in Heathrow Terminal 5, featuring its artisanal gin brand Plymouth.

Diageo Reserve has announced that its ‘World Class’ mixology competition will be held in the UK from 28 July to 1 August.

Martin Miller dies aged 67

02 January, 2014

Martin Miller, founder of Martin Miller’s gin, passed away on Christmas Eve after a battle with cancer.

The Tate launches gin and beer

26 September, 2013

Tate Britain and Tate Modern, London’s famous art galleries, have introduced its own gin and limited edition beers.

Unhappy Hour by Jamie Sims was the winner of Beefeater #MyLondon Film Fest.

Laurent Lacassagne has this week (W/C July 8) become chairman and CEO of Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard.

A bartender from Spain has won Diageo's global bartender competition World Class.

on 10 May, 2013

I became an honorary Gin Rectifier last night (May 9). I took an oath and now I am duty bound to promote the best interests of gin.

on 03 May, 2013

I attended the Worshipful Company of Distillers’ City Debate on Gin last night. I have to say I think it was an opportunity missed.

The global Gin sector is low price, low growth and extremely uninteresting, according to a top City of London analyst.

Pernod Ricard Chivas Brothers has released a new limited edition expression of Beefeater, the world’s best-selling premium gin.

Diageo to open gin palace

18 March, 2013

Diageo is to open a pop-up gin palace in London.

Berry Bros & Rudd's No.3 London Dry Gin is to support wild plant charity Plantlife to help boost its juniper conservation efforts.

The Distilled Spirits Council (Discus), which represents the spirits industry in the US, revealed its 2012 findings in New York this week.

G’Vine gin’s Connoisseur Programme 2013 includes the chance to become the brand's ambassador.

Gin

10 December, 2012

Patience Gould looks at gin’s re-emergence in the world of mixology and finds no end of potential in its variety

Chase Distillery has rolled out its new super-premium gin, Williams Great British Extra Dry, to global markets after its debut in Spain.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association says gin and sparkling wine sales increased in the UK during the run up to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Global Premium Brands has crowned the winner of its Gin Mare Mediterranean Inspirations 2012 cocktail competition, following the global final in Ibiza yesterday (September 3).

Pernod Ricard's whisky and gin arm Chivas Brothers has rolled out Ballantine’s 40 Year Old across "significant" Asian markets.

Gin

14 August, 2012

Gin is trading on the complexities of its flavour profile to cash in on the cocktail boom. Patience Gould finds a booming super-premium sector

on 30 July, 2012

It’s been something of a month in gin terms. It kicked off with the International Spirits Challenge gin tasting. Chaired by Beefeater master distiller Desmond Payne this was indeed something of a ‘challenge’, with no fewer than 58 gins to slurp, taste and rate...

Wemyss Malts has released Darnley’s View Spiced Gin to Europe and selected Asian markets, with the US to follow.

A London bartender has fought off competition from more than 60 bartenders in the Sloane’s Gin ‘Twisted Traditions’ National Cocktail Competition.

The Spencerfield Spirit Company has launched a Perthshire Raspberry edition of its Edinburgh Gin brand to the UK.

English brewer and distiller, Adnams, has added Morello Cherry Liqueur to its range.

Pernod Ricard’s super premium gin, Beefeater 24, is now available in 50 markets worldwide.

Chivas Brothers is introducing a new look for its Plymouth gin brand, re-positioning it above Beefeater 24, as a “super premium-plus”.

Pernod Ricard brand Beefeater has crowned the champion of its Beefeater 24 Gin & Tea international cocktail competition.

Netherlands-based distillery, Group Toorank, has launched Sloane’s Gin to the UK market.

Bacardi USA has announced plans to trial a new gin, Bombay Sapphire East, in the US on and off-trade.

G&J Greenall, one of the UK’s major distillers has been sold to a management buy out, according to unconfirmed reports.

Mikey Allan of The Raconteur, has triumphed at Broker’s Gin Cocktail Challenge in Edinburgh, beating off an all-Scottish field of bartenders.

The UK heat of the Gin Mare cocktail Competition took place this week at the Imbibe show in London.

G’Vine has announced the winner of its Gin Connoisseur competition. Gegam Ghazaryan of Xandom Bar in Alicante, Spain took the title after a week of challenges including blending gin, aroma exams and speed drink making.  The final took place in G’Vine’s home town of Cognac.

Chivas Brothers has launched a new special edition Beefeater gin. Developed by master distiller Desmond Payne, Beefeater London Market Gin will be available for a limited period from June 2011 in key global markets, including Spain, UK, Turkey and Bulgaria.

Berry Bros & Rudd Spirits has appointed Maxxium UK to distribute No. 3 London Dry Gin from June 1, 2011. Since its launch in 2010, the brand has been distributed by Inspirit Brands.

on 14 May, 2011

I made my own gin! While it was bubbling away in a tiny Florence Flask (bulb-bottomed glass flask), I was getting excited about a potential second career as a master distiller. I was imagining travelling the world, clinking glasses with bartenders as we enjoy my wonderful creation, then popping to warm Mediterranean countries to source botanicals…

Chivas Brothers, the premium gin and scotch whisky arm of Pernod Ricard, has launched a gin website, www.ginandtales.com.

Two of London’s bartenders drew swords in San Francisco in the final of the No. 209 Gin Duel.

The owners of the Mediterranean gin brand, Gin Mare, have launched a bartender competition that culminates in a grand final on the island of Ibiza in September with a winner’s purse of £6,000.

UK gin distiller G&J Greenall has celebrated its 250th birthday by redesigning its Original London Dry Gin.

Limited edition Beefeater Winter gin has made its European travel retail debut in the main World Duty Free store in London Heathrow Terminal 3.

UK beer brewer Adnams has opened a small-scale distillery, producing vodka, gin and whisky.

Chivas Brothers has launched a winter version of its Beefeater gin brand.

Bruichladdich to make gin

03 August, 2010

Islay: Bruichladdich distillery has started to produce gin. The Islay distillery, usually associated with peaty whisky, began making its first batch of gin today (3 August).

The makers of Sheep Dip whisky have launched a gin.

Scotland: The Wemyss family has launched a small batch gin called Darnley’s View. Darnley’s View celebrates the meeting of Mary Queen of Scots and her husband Lord Darnley at the Wemyss family home, Wemyss Castle in Fife, in 1565.

Chivas Brothers has launched a private tour and gin-making experience for its Plymouth gin brand.

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