£1,000 prize in Coco Lopez and El Dorado challenge

Coco Lopez winner Jake Burger with his winningsA prize of £1,000 in cash is on offer in this year’s competition run for Coco Lopez cream of coconut and El Dorado rum.

Entrants need to submit a twist on a Piña Colada and an original cocktail, both using Coco Lopez and El Dorado and blended ingredients.

The Coco Lopez & El Dorado Cocktail Challenge, run in association with blender specialist Hamilton Beach, is to be staged at The Liar’s Club in Manchester on March 18 from 3pm.

It is tying in with the first day of the Northern Restaurant & Bar show which takes place at Manchester Central on March 18 and 19.

Bartenders and other mixologists should register by March 1 for the competition which is organised by Bennett Opie, UK distributor for Coco Lopez.

Opie’s cocktail expert James Coston said: “Competitors will need to submit two drinks. One must be a twisted Piña Colada, the mixologist’s own twist on the classic cocktail, containing Coco Lopez and either three-year-old or five-year-old El Dorado rum.

“The second can be a cocktail invention of their choice, though it must contain at least 20ml Coco Lopez, and again the three- or five-year-old El Dorado Rum. Both drinks must be blended with a Hamilton Beach Tempest blender, which will be provided.”

James said the Coco Lopez & El Dorado Cocktail Challenge was a test of all-round skills, imagination and wit.

“Banter and performance will score highly and ingredients, measurements, garnish and vessel are all determined by the bartender and can be as outrageous as you like.”

He added: “The use of Bennett Opie cocktail cherries for garnish is highly recommended.”

Entrants should email James at jcoston@b-opie.com with their recipes by midnight on March 1. Judges will pick their 10 favourites and their creators will be invited to demonstrate them in the final.

The best cocktail in the top 10 wins its creator the £1,000 prize and a bottle of 21-year-old El Dorado rum. The creator of the best Piña Colada wins a Hamilton Beach Tempest blender.

Last year’s competition was won by Jake Burger (pictured), owner of Portobello Star in west London.

Entries must include:

Name of competitor
Name and location of the bar where you work
Email address
Contact phone number
Ingredients in ml
Method (of second drink)
Cocktail names

The top 10 entrants will be contacted by email at noon on March 8. For further information, click here to visit the Coco Lopez Cocktail Challenge Facebook page.

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