Moskovskaya Vodka receives on-trade marketing boost

Hi-Spirits is launching a marketing campaign for Moskovskaya Vodka. Alongside a new signature cocktail serve for the brand, the Moskovite, as UK distributor Hi-Spirits is running a competition inviting bar staff to create their own serve.

Moskovskaya is owned by SPI Spirits, whose portfolio also includes the Stolichnaya brand. At 38% ABV, Moskovskaya uses traditional methods to achieve a purity and depth of character that reflects its roots. Originally distilled in Moscow and now made in Latvia to the original recipe, the brand reflects the historic passion that Russians have for vodka.

Hi-Spirits managing director Dan Bolton said: “We’ve been distributing Moskovskaya in the UK since last summer, and what we’ve learnt is that it already commands strong loyalty amongst bartenders who have discovered it. As well as respect for its heritage, they appreciate its versatility as a cocktail base.

“We are now targeting significant expansion of Moskovskaya in the on-trade, raising awareness of the brand and its heritage, and focusing on operators who appreciate the fact that you won’t find a more authentic vodka offering such good value.

“Moskovskaya is a brand that perfectly bridges the gap between premium and mainstream pubs and bars. It works best in venues which generate genuine excitement about interesting brands and where there’s bartender advocacy for interesting serves.

“Our exclusive Moskovite cocktail, made with peach liqueur, ginger and lime, is a great addition to cocktail menus and a driver of sales, and we’re also incentivising bartenders to create their own Moskovskaya drinks.”

The Lexington in Pentonville Road, close to King’s Cross in London, switched to Moskovskaya as its ‘house pour’ toward the end of 2013. The busy pub is a popular live music venue and has also built a reputation for its drinks range, including a wide choice of bourbons and craft beers.

Lexington general manager Chris Smith said: “Although we’re known as a bourbon specialist, like any bar we sell plenty of vodka, mainly with mixers such as cola and lemonade.  Serving high quality, authentic brands is at the heart of our appeal, and so Moskovskaya has proven to be a good fit for us.

“It looks and tastes right, and customers appreciate the fact that we take the same trouble selecting our house vodka as we do with all the spirit brands we stock.”

Hi-Spirits’ Moskovskaya cocktail competition offers three prizes of trips to the Moscow Bar Show in September. Bartenders are being asked to create a serve that references a fact about the brand.

The Moskovite

33ml Moskovskaya Vodka
15ml Peach liqueur
Ginger beer
3 lime wedges
4 basil leaves

In a tall glass, squeeze the lime wedges and add three torn basil leaves. Fill with ice, add the rest of the ingredients, then stir. Garnish with a lime slice and a basil leaf.

For more information, please contact Hi-Spirits on 01932 252 100, email info@hi-spirits.com or visit www.hi-spirits.com.

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