Global Brands, the UK drinks group which markets the VK Vodka Kick brand, has launched a ready-to-drink (RTD) Mojito cocktail.

The company said consumer research had revealed a gap in the market for a hybrid product, adding that it believed the brand could "invigorate the RTD category and excite and inspire new drinkers".

The first product in the range is the VK Mojito Original. At 4% ABV, the RTD cocktail is made with Caribbean Rum and is packaged in a 275ml bottle.

"This product has put real innovation back into the RTD category, the first for a long time," said Global Brands managing director Steve Perez. "It's a sub category in its own right, and offers our customers and their consumers alike a new and exciting product, backed by a recognisable brand - VK. It also places the convenience that lies in RTD products hand in hand with the exciting growth in the cocktail sector."