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Hennessy's Cognac Cocktail Legends finalists - Spirits & Cocktails - Cocktails Hennessy's Cognac Cocktail Legends finalists

Find out which eight fierce bartenders beat the heat with their creative cocktails in Hennessy Fine de Cognac Cocktail Legends competition, which took place at the Hennessy Clubhouse pop-up upstairs at Callooh Callay bar in Shoreditch.

Judge Chambord cocktails in top London bars - Spirits & Cocktails - Cocktails Judge Chambord cocktails in top London bars

This September, bartenders in some of the capital’s top drinking hotspots will be vying to serve the finest Chambord cocktail creations – and they want you to judge their efforts.

Award-winning Hennessy cocktails - Spirits & Cocktails - Cocktails Award-winning Hennessy cocktails

Earlier this summer, Cognac house Hennessy asked bartenders from 45 UK hotspots to come up with a cocktail using Hennessy Fine de Cognac. In September, the 10 regional winners will go head to head with their cocktails in the overall final, which will be held in Shoreditch’s Callooh Callay.

Join the party with Bacardi’s Legacy Cocktail Competition - Spirits & Cocktails - Cocktails Join the party with Bacardi’s Legacy Cocktail Competition

Bacardi has always known how to throw a party – just think back to its 1990s’ TV ad campaigns that featured rum-soaked Caribbean nightclubs rammed with free-spirited revellers, or impromptu hedonistic get-togethers on pop-up islands. This reputation, coupled with the rum’s history as the original spirit in cocktails such as the daiquiri and the mojito, make any party thrown by Bacardi one you’ll want to be at. And this year, Square Meal readers can join the party.

Sunshine Cocktails - Spirits & Cocktails - Cocktails Sunshine Cocktails

Conjure up that holiday spirit with a classic summer cocktail or two. Alice Lascelles suggests some recipes to take you away from it all

Courvoisier Summer of Punch - Spirits & Cocktails - Cocktails Courvoisier Summer of Punch

Summer is the perfect time for alfresco get-togethers; lazy sunny afternoons relaxing with friends, sharing good times, good food and good drink. And this summer it’s time to embrace the latest drinks trend, as Courvoisier has joined forces with 15 bars across London to create a variety of special punch recipes for you to enjoy.

Hot In The City - New Orleans Cocktail Festival - Spirits & Cocktails - Cocktails Hot In The City - New Orleans Cocktail Festival

Its population may be diminished after Hurricane Katrina but the New Orleans spirit is very much alive and well, as Alice Lascelles discovered at the Tales of the Cocktail festival

Mix & Match - Tonics - Spirits & Cocktails - Cocktails Mix & Match - Tonics

Tonic is tonic, right? Well no, actually, says Richard Woodard. There are as many nuances to tonic as there are to the gin you’re adding it to

The Big Easy - Simple Summer Cocktail Recipes - Spirits & Cocktails - Cocktails The Big Easy - Simple Summer Cocktail Recipes

Summer drinking is all about maximum refreshment and minimum effort. Julie Sheppard chooses some simple seasonal cocktail recipes to keep you cool when the temperature rises

The Continental Way - Aperitifs - Spirits & Cocktails - Cocktails The Continental Way - Aperitifs

This summer why not forego those post-work pints in favour of an appetite-stimulating aperitif? Catherine Quinn recommends some classic pre-dinner liveners

Cooler Shaker - Summer Cocktails - Spirits & Cocktails - Cocktails Cooler Shaker - Summer Cocktails

Rather than reaching for the beer or wine for refreshment this summer, embrace the fruits of the season and have a go at making your own DIY cocktails at home, says Kate Ennis

Martini - Infinite Variety - Spirits & Cocktails - Cocktails Martini - Infinite Variety

Vodka or gin, shaken or stirred? When it comes to the perfect martini, aficionado Alice Lascelles finds it’s all a matter of personal taste

Complimentary Cocktails and Polo Pre-Party - Spirits & Cocktails - Cocktails Complimentary Cocktails and Polo Pre-Party

On Tuesday 20 May, the New Muscovy Company will be hosting a lavish pre-party in honour of the forthcoming Ivan The Terrible Polo Challenge. Square Meal readers are invited to join this exclusive event, which is aptly taking place at Polistas, Mayfair’s polo lifestyle clothing store. Guests will be able to enjoy complimentary cocktails, mingle with the players and have the chance to win six bottles of Ivan The Terrible Vodka. A must for polo fans and lovers of premium vodka alike.

History of Daiquiri - Spirits & Cocktails - Cocktails History of Daiquiri

In Square Meal’s ongoing series looking at the world’s classic cocktails, Julie Sheppard reveals the history of the daiquiri and finds out how to mix the perfect glass

History of Caipirinha - Spirits & Cocktails - Cocktails History of Caipirinha

Kicking off the first in a new Square Meal series looking at the world’s best-loved cocktails, Ben McCormack traces the history of the caipirinha

History of Margarita - Spirits & Cocktails - Cocktails History of Margarita

In Square Meal’s ongoing series looking at the world’s best-loved cocktails, Fiona Sims puts the number-one Tequila-based cocktail, the margarita, under the spotlight

History of Negroni - Spirits & Cocktails - Cocktails History of Negroni

In the second of Square Meal’s close-ups on the world’s best-loved cocktails, Ben McCormack explores the history of the Negroni – and where you can drink it now