Bartender Gregory Camillò from Bar Termini in London will travel to Brazil next year after winning a cocktail competition with Yaguara cachaça.
He beat eight other bartenders in a London-wide contest that challenged them to create both an original cocktail and a twist on the Rabo de Galo, a classic Brazilian drink made with cachaça and vermouth.
The competitors had the added challenge of a mystery scenario round designed to replicate a live bar situation testing each competitor’s creativity and ability to think on their feet.
Gregory will fly out to Brazil in February next year to visit Yaguara’s distillery in Parana where he will spend two days with master blender Erwin Weimann before travelling to São Paulo to experience its booming bar scene first hand before finishing his week chilling on the beach in Rio de Janeiro.
The “Cachaça Me If You Can” competition was created by the team at Yaguara to showcase the versatility, vibrancy and quality of the artisanal cachaça. Second place went to Maja Jaworska from Super Lyan in east London.
The judges were rum and cachaça expert Peter Holland of TheFloatingRumShack.com, Gabriele Manfredi from London bar Oriole, and Yaguara brand ambassador Gianfranco Spada.
Gianfranco told the finalists: “Throughout the heats we have been blown away by your creativity and passion.”
Gregory is pictured second from right, with (left to right) Yaguara co-founder Hamilton Lowe, Gabriele Manfredi and Gianfranco Spada.