Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge open for entries from UK bartenders


Angostura’s long-running cocktail challenge offering winners a trip to carnival in Trinidad is now open for entries from bartenders in the UK.

To enter, bartenders need to create a pair of modern classic cocktails, drawing on Angostura’s whole portfolio from its rums to its bitters and amaro, with a deadline of September 10.

The best will compete in the UK final in London in late October, with the winner going on to compete in the global grand final in Trinidad during its spectacular, colourful carnival early next year.

The overall international winner of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge will win a US$10,000 (£7,700) cash prize plus a two-year contract as Angostura global brand ambassador.

UK bartenders can enter at They need to create a pair of modern classic cocktails. The first must be an original rum cocktail using at least 30ml of one of Angostura’s rums, as well as either Angostura Aromatic Bitters or Angostura Orange Bitters, or both.

Second, they need to create an amaro cocktail, containing Amaro di Angostura and also including one of Angostura’s bitters. No other rum, amaro or bitters brands may be used as part of the entry.

Bartenders also need to submit a video presenting their original rum cocktail, and a written entry of up to 200 words about the future of rum drinks in tiki bars, general cocktail bars, or in regular bars. More information on entry requirements can be found on the competition website.

Shortlisted entrants will be notified by late September, with the UK final taking place in late October. Previous UK winners have included Manacháin Monaghan from The Monk Cocktail Bar in Buxton in Derbyshire and Máté Csatlós from The Edgbaston near Birmingham, now at Fugu in Copenhagen.

The Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge dates back to 2001 when the first competition was held at the Hilton Tobago. Last year’s competition drew 900 entries from 36 countries and was judged by an esteemed judging panel led by tiki expert and bar owner Jeff “Beachbum” Berry.

UK distribution of Angostura’s range of rums and its Angostura Aromatic Bitters and Angostura Orange Bitters returned last month to international wine, spirit and cider producer Distell. Amaro di Angostura continues to be distributed in the UK by Lightbox Brands.

Fraser Thornton, Distell’s European managing director, said: “I am delighted we have been able to re-acquaint ourselves with Angostura to distribute their exceptional rum and bitters portfolio throughout the UK, supported by exciting events such as the world-renowned Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge. This further strengthens the range of brands we have to offer the trade and consumers.”

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