IMBIBE LIVE
Jul
3
Jul 4

IMBIBE LIVE


Imbibe Live is the innovative and interactive annual exhibition for anyone who sources, buys or serves drinks in the licensed on-trade.

This year's edition welcomed almost 12,000 drinks professionals to Olympia London. From sommeliers to buyers and from managers to publicans and bartenders, this essential date in the drinks calendar saw the industry’s finest come together.  

Imbibe Live is Europe’s largest on-trade drinks exhibition: join us next year to take part in ground-breaking tastings, source new products and discover new trends evolving the industry as we know it.


BIRMINGHAM COCKTAIL WEEKEND
Jul
14
Jul 16

BIRMINGHAM COCKTAIL WEEKEND

  • BIRMINGHAM COCKTAIL WEEKEND

Birmingham Cocktail Weekend is a weekend of sampling the best of Birmingham’s cocktail scene! Your wristband gets you access to £4 signature cocktails at great venues across the city throughout the weekend!


Not only that but we host exclusive events and masterclasses as well as free tastings so you can learn all about the spirits behind your favourite cocktails! Keep an eye on the website and on our Facebook to be the first to know what events we have coming up for Birmingham Cocktail Weekend 2017.


NATIONAL DAIQUIRI DAY
Jul
19
12:01 am00:01

NATIONAL DAIQUIRI DAY


Daiquirí is also the name of a beach and an iron mine near Santiago de Cuba, and is a word of Taíno origin. The drink was supposedly invented by an American mining engineer, named Jennings Cox, who was in Cuba at the time of the Spanish–American War. It is also possible that William A. Chanler, a US congressman who purchased the Santiago iron mines in 1902, introduced the daiquiri to clubs in New York in that year.

Originally the drink was served in a tall glass packed with cracked ice. A teaspoon of sugar was poured over the ice and the juice of one or two limes was squeezed over the sugar. Two or three ounces of white rum completed the mixture. The glass was then frosted by stirring with a long-handled spoon. Later the daiquiri evolved to be mixed in a shaker with the same ingredients but with shaved ice. After a thorough shaking, it was poured into a chilled flute glass.

Celebrate National Daiquiri Day with authentic St. Lucia Chairman's Spiced Rum!


GABRIEL BOUDIER BACK BAR SESSIONS
Jul
27
2:00 pm14:00

GABRIEL BOUDIER BACK BAR SESSIONS

  • THE COCKTAIL TRADING COMPANY

French liqueur brand Gabriel Boudier and its UK distributor Emporia Brands are joining forces with The Cocktail Trading Co for a series of monthly events for bartenders.

COCKTAILS IN THE CITY (LONDON SUMMER)
Jul
29
Jul 30

COCKTAILS IN THE CITY (LONDON SUMMER)

  • COCKTAILS IN THE CITY (LONDON SUMMER)

Following sell-out events last summer and this spring, the team behind London’s greatest cocktail party are back in the beautiful surroundings of London’s largest private Georgian gardens.

From West End to East End in just a few short steps, enjoy twenty-five of the capital’s finest bars with no taxis, no buses and no tube.

Tasting tables, cocktail masterclasses, live music and street food vendors come together to create the ultimate cocktail weekender.


BLACK TOT DAY
Jul
31
12:01 am00:01

BLACK TOT DAY


Remember Black Tot Day with Admiral Rodney.

Black Tot Day (31 July 1970) is the name given to the last day on which the Royal Navy issued sailors with a daily rum ration (the daily tot).

In the 17th century, the daily drink ration for English sailors was a gallon of beer. Due to the difficulty in storing the large quantities of liquid that this required in 1655 a half pint of rum was made equivalent and became preferred to beer. Over time, drunkenness on board naval vessels increasingly became a problem and the ration was formalised in naval regulations by Admiral Edward Vernon in 1740 and ordered to be mixed with water in a 4:1 water to rum ratio and split into two servings per day.

In the 19th century, there was a change in the attitude towards alcohol due to continued discipline problems in the navy. In 1824 the size of the tot was halved to a quarter pint in an effort to improve the situation. In 1850, the Admiralty's Grog Committee, convened to look into the issues surrounding the rum ration, recommended that it be eliminated completely. However, rather than ending it the navy further halved it to an eighth of a pint per day, eliminating the evening serving of the ration. This led to the ending of the ration for officers in 1881 and warrant officers in 1918.

On 17 December 1969 the Admiralty Board issued a written answer to a question from the MP for Woolwich East, Christopher Mayhew saying "The Admiralty Board concludes that the rum issue is no longer compatible with the high standards of efficiency required now that the individual's tasks in ships are concerned with complex, and often delicate, machinery and systems on the correct functioning of which people's lives may depend". This led to a debate in the House of Commons on the evening of 28 January 1970, now referred to as the 'Great Rum Debate', started by James Wellbeloved, MP for Erith and Crayford, who believed that the ration should not be removed. The debate lasted an hour and 15 minutes and closed at 10:29pm with a decision that the rum ration was no longer appropriate.

31 July 1970 was the final day of the rum ration and it was poured as usual at 6 bells in the forenoon watch (11am) after the pipe of 'up spirits'. Some sailors wore black armbands, tots were 'buried at sea' and in one navy training camp, HMS Collingwood, the Royal Naval Electrical College at Fareham in Hampshire, there was a mock funeral procession complete with black coffin and accompanying drummers and piper. The move was not popular with the ratings despite an extra can of beer being added to the daily rations in compensation


EDINBOROUGH FESTIVAL FRINGE
Aug
4
Aug 28

EDINBOROUGH FESTIVAL FRINGE

  • EDINBOROUGH FESTIVAL FRINGE

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city. Come and join us in the celebration of arts and entertainment!


NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL
Aug
26
Aug 28

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL

  • NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL

Join London’s biggest street party as the Notting Hill Carnival fills the streets of West London with Caribbean colours, music and flavours.

Elaborate floats and colourful costumed performers wind their way through the streets to the sound of steel bands and calypso music. Watch the carnival parade, join in the fun and visit the tempting food stalls at one of London's biggest and best annual events.


GABRIEL BOUDIER BACK BAR SESSIONS
Sep
28
2:00 pm14:00

GABRIEL BOUDIER BACK BAR SESSIONS

French liqueur brand Gabriel Boudier and its UK distributor Emporia Brands are joining forces with The Cocktail Trading Co for a series of monthly events for bartenders.

NATIONAL VODKA DAY
Oct
4
12:01 am00:01

NATIONAL VODKA DAY


Celebrate National Vodka Day with vodka distillers Staritsky & Levitsky. 

Staritsky & Levitsky was founded by a group of vodka enthusiasts, passionate about reviving the heritage and traditions of authentic, small batch vodka distillation in the historic birthplace of the vodka production. After years of field trips, tastings and recipe research in the geographic “vodka belt” of Europe, they found the perfect place for their venture in the city of lviv, in Ukraine, close to the Polish border and the protected carpathian mountains with their crystal clear water wells, and with access to Ukraine’s black soil, which produces unique grains for distillation.

They craft all their spirits from single grain Ukrainian wheat, which is distilled five times in traditional copper stills before being filtered twice through charcoal and twice through rhinestone. The resulting vodka rests for an extensive time to gain its delicate balance and maturity.


NATIONAL CALVADOS WEEK
Oct
16
Oct 23

NATIONAL CALVADOS WEEK


Bars and restaurants around the UK are set to champion France’s apple cider brandy with events and special menus for National Calvados Week.

Running from October 16 to 22, over 100 bars, restaurants and shops have already pledged to celebrate and promote calvados through cocktails, tastings, food pairings and special dishes cooked with the spirit.

It is being spearheaded by drinks company Emporia Brands in collaboration with Père Magloire Calvados, the leading brand in France and worldwide, dating back to 1821.


COCKTAILS IN THE CITY (EDINBURGH)
Oct
27
Oct 28

COCKTAILS IN THE CITY (EDINBURGH)

  • COCKTAILS IN THE CITY (EDINBURGH)

Eighteen of Edinburgh’s best bars come together for a two-night celebration of the city’s vibrant cocktail scene at The Mansfield Traquair.

From Five Star Hotels to hidden speakeasies, get shoulder to shoulder with the capital’s best bartenders and enjoy an exciting collection of new signature cocktails exclusively created for the festival.

Main stage demonstrations, interactive masterclasses, DJs and fantastic food make this an unforgettable night out with friends and colleagues.



SONS OF ARMAGNAC WEEK
Jun
12
Jun 18

SONS OF ARMAGNAC WEEK

Celebrate Armagnac with 'Sons of Armagnac Week' starting on the 12th June and finishing on the 18th June, you will find Armagnac inspired events, tastings, masterclasses, competitions and much more!

PROVENCE COCKTAIL WEEK
Jun
5
Jun 11

PROVENCE COCKTAIL WEEK

Spirits innovator Emporia Brands is working in collaboration with its award-winning Distilleries et Domaines de Provence range to bring to the UK for the first time National Provence Cocktail Day.

MANCHESTER RUM FESTIVAL
Jun
3
9:30 am09:30

MANCHESTER RUM FESTIVAL

  • MANCHESTER RUM FESTIVAL

Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 edition of the Manchester Rum Festival! Click here to purchase, only £15 per ticket (not including booking fee) which gains you access to the main festival on the day (June 3rd 2017) and includes a welcome drink and rum samples (the main bar and food options are not included).

Check back soon to see all the activity we have in store for Manchester Rum Festival 2017, including rum brunch, evening events and dinners!


GABRIEL BOUDIER - BACK BAR SESSIONS
May
25
2:00 pm14:00

GABRIEL BOUDIER - BACK BAR SESSIONS

  • THE COCKTAIL TRADING COMPANY

French liqueur brand Gabriel Boudier and its UK distributor Emporia Brands are joining forces with The Cocktail Trading Co for a series of monthly events for bartenders.

WORLD WHISKEY DAY (Royal Oak Winner)
May
20
3:30 pm15:30

WORLD WHISKEY DAY (Royal Oak Winner)

ROYAL OAK DISCOVERY WINNER ANNOUNCED...

Emporia Brands & Walsh Whiskey Distillery gave bartenders the chance to enter a competition on St. Patricks day this year, for the chance to win a trip to the beautiful Royal Oak distillery in Ireland.

ABSENTEROUX COCKTAIL COMPETITION - REGIONAL FINAL
May
16
1:00 pm13:00

ABSENTEROUX COCKTAIL COMPETITION - REGIONAL FINAL

  • BRAMBLE BAR

Emporia Brands are calling all bartenders from across the UK to create a signature serve using Absenteroux. The top recipes will be entered into 3 territory finals (North, South & Scotland) with the winning recipe receiving a trip to visit Distilleries et Domaines de Provence distillery during the annual worm wood harvest (25 - 26 July).

The only rule is that you must use a mimimum of 20ml's Absenteroux...the best recipes will be entered into the final. Finalists will be announced on the 5th May via Social Media/email.

ABSENTEROUX COCKTAIL COMPETITION - REGIONAL FINAL
May
15
1:00 pm13:00

ABSENTEROUX COCKTAIL COMPETITION - REGIONAL FINAL

  • THE HOLY BIRDS

Emporia Brands are calling all bartenders from across the UK to create a signature serve using Absenteroux. The top recipes will be entered into 3 territory finals (North, South & Scotland) with the winning recipe receiving a trip to visit Distilleries et Domaines de Provence distillery during the annual worm wood harvest (25 - 26 July).

The only rule is that you must use a mimimum of 20ml's Absenteroux...the best recipes will be entered into the final. Finalists will be announced on the 5th May via Social Media/email.

ABSENTEROUX COCKTAIL COMPETITION REGIONAL FINAL
May
9
2:00 pm14:00

ABSENTEROUX COCKTAIL COMPETITION REGIONAL FINAL

  • The Washhouse

Emporia Brands are calling all bartenders from across the UK to create a signature serve using Absenteroux. The top recipes will be entered into 3 territory finals (North, South & Scotland) with the winning recipe receiving a trip to visit Distilleries et Domaines de Provence distillery during the annual worm wood harvest (25 - 26 July).

The only rule is that you must use a mimimum of 20ml's Absenteroux...the best recipes will be entered into the final. Finalists will be announced on the 5th May via Social Media/email.

CINCO DE MAYO - CATCH ME IF YOU CAN...
May
5
4:00 pm16:00

CINCO DE MAYO - CATCH ME IF YOU CAN...

To celebrate Cinco De Mayo keep your eyes peeled for the 'Casco Limes' being handed out nationwide in UK cities. 

'Casco Limes' can be handed in to participating bars and venues across the city to claim your free Casco Margarita. Keep an eye out for the limes being handed out and celebrate this famous cocktail in true style with Casco Viejo tequila...100% pure agave...a premium tequila from Mexico!

THE GRAND TOUR - LAUNCH EVENT
May
2
1:00 pm13:00

THE GRAND TOUR - LAUNCH EVENT

  • THE EDGBASTON

WIN THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME...visiting all four of these famous distilleries and the opportunity to be crowned Emporia's Grand Champion 2018. One finalist will be selected from each of the following regions: Southeast, Southwest, Midlands, North, Scotland & Northern Island.

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'
Apr
26
2:00 pm14:00

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'

  • MILK

MILK - READING

Brand Ambassador Dave Marsland and the Emporia Brands team will be touring fifteen cities as they bring together the Chairman’s Reserve range, which includes Gold, Spiced, White Label and Forgotten Cask, the Admiral Rodney, and an edition of premium expression 1931.

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'
Apr
25
4:00 pm16:00

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'

  • REEKIE TIKI

REEKI TIKI - EDINBURGH

Brand Ambassador Dave Marsland and the Emporia Brands team will be touring fifteen cities as they bring together the Chairman’s Reserve range, which includes Gold, Spiced, White Label and Forgotten Cask, the Admiral Rodney, and an edition of premium expression 1931.

THE GRAND TOUR - LAUNCH EVENT
Apr
25
1:00 pm13:00

THE GRAND TOUR - LAUNCH EVENT

  • Alma de Cuba

WIN THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME...visiting all four of these famous distilleries and the opportunity to be crowned Emporia's Grand Champion 2018. One finalist will be selected from each of the following regions: Southeast, Southwest, Midlands, North, Scotland & Northern Island.

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'
Apr
24
4:00 pm16:00

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'

  • DRAFFENS

DRAFFENS - DUNDEE

Brand Ambassador Dave Marsland and the Emporia Brands team will be touring fifteen cities as they bring together the Chairman’s Reserve range, which includes Gold, Spiced, White Label and Forgotten Cask, the Admiral Rodney, and an edition of premium expression 1931.

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'
Apr
23
3:00 pm15:00

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'

  • BOS'N

BOS'N - ABERDEEN

Brand Ambassador Dave Marsland and the Emporia Brands team will be touring fifteen cities as they bring together the Chairman’s Reserve range, which includes Gold, Spiced, White Label and Forgotten Cask, the Admiral Rodney, and an edition of premium expression 1931.

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'
Apr
21
2:00 pm14:00

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'

  • THE DEAD CANARY

THE DEAD CANARY - CARDIFF

Brand Ambassador Dave Marsland and the Emporia Brands team will be touring fifteen cities as they bring together the Chairman’s Reserve range, which includes Gold, Spiced, White Label and Forgotten Cask, the Admiral Rodney, and an edition of premium expression 1931.

THE GRAND TOUR - LAUNCH EVENT
Apr
19
1:00 pm13:00

THE GRAND TOUR - LAUNCH EVENT

  • THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT

WIN THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME...visiting all four of these famous distilleries and the opportunity to be crowned Emporia's Grand Champion 2018. One finalist will be selected from each of the following regions: Southeast, Southwest, Midlands, North, Scotland & Northern Island.

THE GRAND TOUR - LAUNCH EVENT
Apr
18
1:00 pm13:00

THE GRAND TOUR - LAUNCH EVENT

  • VOODOO ROOMS

WIN THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME...visiting all four of these famous distilleries and the opportunity to be crowned Emporia's Grand Champion 2018. One finalist will be selected from each of the following regions: Southeast, Southwest, Midlands, North, Scotland & Northern Island.

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'
Apr
11
1:00 pm13:00

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'

  • ALVINO'S

BRASS MONKEY - NOTTINGHAM

Brand Ambassador Dave Marsland and the Emporia Brands team will be touring fifteen cities as they bring together the Chairman’s Reserve range, which includes Gold, Spiced, White Label and Forgotten Cask, the Admiral Rodney, and an edition of premium expression 1931.

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'
Apr
6
2:00 pm14:00

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'

  • THE QUEEN OF BRADGATE

BRASS MONKEY - NOTTINGHAM

Brand Ambassador Dave Marsland and the Emporia Brands team will be touring fifteen cities as they bring together the Chairman’s Reserve range, which includes Gold, Spiced, White Label and Forgotten Cask, the Admiral Rodney, and an edition of premium expression 1931.

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'
Apr
5
3:00 pm15:00

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'

  • BRASS MONKEY

BRASS MONKEY - NOTTINGHAM

Brand Ambassador Dave Marsland and the Emporia Brands team will be touring fifteen cities as they bring together the Chairman’s Reserve range, which includes Gold, Spiced, White Label and Forgotten Cask, the Admiral Rodney, and an edition of premium expression 1931.

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'
Apr
4
2:00 pm14:00

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'

  • ISLAND BAR

ISLAND BAR - BIRMINGHAM

Brand Ambassador Dave Marsland and the Emporia Brands team will be touring fifteen cities as they bring together the Chairman’s Reserve range, which includes Gold, Spiced, White Label and Forgotten Cask, the Admiral Rodney, and an edition of premium expression 1931.

GABRIEL BOUDIER - BACK BAR SESSIONS
Mar
30
1:30 pm13:30

GABRIEL BOUDIER - BACK BAR SESSIONS

  • THE COCKTAIL TRADING COMPANY

French liqueur brand Gabriel Boudier and its UK distributor Emporia Brands are joining forces with The Cocktail Trading Co for a series of monthly events for bartenders.

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'
Mar
23
1:30 pm13:30

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'

  • MAYA

MAYA - LIVERPOOL

Brand Ambassador Dave Marsland and the Emporia Brands team will be touring fifteen cities as they bring together the Chairman’s Reserve range, which includes Gold, Spiced, White Label and Forgotten Cask, the Admiral Rodney, and an edition of premium expression 1931.

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'
Mar
21
1:00 pm13:00

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'

  • OKI NAMI

OKI NAMI - BRIGHTON

Brand Ambassador Dave Marsland and the Emporia Brands team will be touring fifteen cities as they bring together the Chairman’s Reserve range, which includes Gold, Spiced, White Label and Forgotten Cask, the Admiral Rodney, and an edition of premium expression 1931.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY
Mar
17
2:30 pm14:30

ST. PATRICK'S DAY

Join Walsh Whiskey Distillers in the annual celebration that is St. Patricks Day. Emporia Brands are celebrating St. Patricks Day with Walsh Whiskey's famous Irish Whiskey...The Irishman.

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'
Mar
15
2:00 pm14:00

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'

  • BURLOCK

BURLOCK - LONDON

Brand Ambassador Dave Marsland and the Emporia Brands team will be touring fifteen cities as they bring together the Chairman’s Reserve range, which includes Gold, Spiced, White Label and Forgotten Cask, the Admiral Rodney, and an edition of premium expression 1931.

ABSINTHE & PASTIS MASTERCLASS
Mar
14
2:00 pm14:00

ABSINTHE & PASTIS MASTERCLASS

  • THE ATTIC

THE ATTIC - LEICESTER

Emporia Brands invites you to experience Distilleries et Domaines de Provence Absinthe & Pastis, with Midlands Brand Ambassador Ed Belshaw.

The class will included a history of, how to correctly serve and tasting of 4 products.

There are limited spaces so please RSVP to: sam@emporiabrands.co.uk

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'
Mar
9
1:30 pm13:30

ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS 'ON TOUR'

  • MOJO'S

MOJO'S - MANCHESTER

Brand Ambassador Dave Marsland and the Emporia Brands team will be touring fifteen cities as they bring together the Chairman’s Reserve range, which includes Gold, Spiced, White Label and Forgotten Cask, the Admiral Rodney, and an edition of premium expression 1931.