Bartender picked to represent UK in global Pink Your Drink final


A bartender from Reading has been chosen to represent the UK in Sweden in the global final of an all-female competition featuring rhubarb liqueur Rhuby.

Connie Cain from Rynd Bar & Kitchen was picked out of all the entrants to the Pink Your Drink challenge which champions the role of women in the bar and spirits industry and raises funds to fight breast cancer.

She will travel to Sweden for the global final on October 23 where she will compete against bartenders from seven other countries. It will be held in Åkers styckebruk, a lakeside town 60 kilometres west of Stockholm, which is where Rhuby liqueur is made.

The judges in the global final will include New York bartender Paula Lukas, Rhuby brand ambassador Jolene Cadwell, who was formerly a bartender at Flipside Cocktail Club in Bristol, Chris Grøtvedt from The Thief bar in Oslo and founder of Oslo Bar Show, and Mark Ludmon, editor of Bar magazine in the UK.

The runners-up in the UK competition were Madi Martin from Flipside Cocktail Club and Kelly Harrison from Coast2Coast in Birmingham. They were challenged to create a cocktail using Rhuby, a 20% ABV liqueur made with Swedish rhubarb.

The other global finalists will include Jolanta Malczewska from Holmen Bar in Stavanger, Laura Clemente Garcia from Bristol Bar in Madrid, Riina Uusimäki from Leipätehdas and DOM Munkhaus in Vaasa in Finland, Mille Julie Wienberg representing Denmark, Irina Jelizarova representing Estonia, Inga Zarina representing Sweden, and Nicole Osorio from New York City representing the USA.

The competition supports the Pink Your Drink foundation that helps to raise funds for and increase awareness of the Pink Ribbon breast cancer campaign and also supports female entrepreneurs. It was set up by Ylva Binder, the founder of Rhuby liqueur.

The event in Åkers styckebruk will also see the launch of a film, Women Behind Bars, reporting on the challenges and benefits for women working in the spirit and bar industry around the world. The documentary has been made over the past two years by journalist and freelance Pepi Sappal.

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