Sam Boevey of The London Cocktail Club has been crowned the winner of 2019’s 1800 Visionaries Cocktail Competition.
Now in its third year, the 1800 Visionaries Cocktail Competition is a celebration of creativity. 2019’s entrants were tasked with creating a cocktail inspired by an iconic artist from the worlds of art, style, design or music.
At the final at Dalston Roof Park in London, six bartenders were challenged with serving their creation to the judging panel, which included Simmon Difford, editor of Difford’s Guide; last year’s Visionaries winner Callum Baines; Johanna Derry, managing editor at The Jackal magazine; and tequila educator Oli Pergl.
Sam’s winning Ceci n’est pas un Cocktail was inspired by twentieth century surrealist artist René Magritte. Playing with the idea that we can’t always trust what we perceive, the cocktail included 1800 Silver, kumquat liqueur, Aperol, pomegranate syrup, Supasawa, peychaud bitters, passionfruit kombucha and a mezcal mist, served in a high ball glass and garnished with chilli grapes.
As 2019’s Visionaries competition winner, Sam won £2,000, some of which will be put towards pursuing his passion of opening his own bar.
The 1800 Visionaries Cocktail Competition is a part of a wider campaign for 1800 Tequila in 2019 called ‘1800 Studios’, which saw the brand partner with British artist Kojey Radical to launch a series of 1800 Tequila Essential Artists UK limited-edition bottles and merchandise.