Bartender wins Brazil trip in competition with Yaguara cachaça

Yaguara cachaca winner

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. His recipes are below.

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, 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.”

Clarified Caipirinha
40ml Yaguara Blue Cachaça
10ml Fresh sugarcane cordial
10ml Clarified lime juice
Stir in a mixing glass, serve straight up in a coupette glass. Garnish with a lime twist.

Rabo de Galo Special
40ml Yaguara Blue Cachaça
20ml Cynarin-infused sweet vermouth
2.5ml Maraschino liqueur
Stir in a mixing glass, serve straight up in a coupette glass. Garnish with an orange twist to discard.

40ml Yaguara Cachaça
20ml Fresh lime juice
20ml Pumpkin seed orgeat syrup
Shake and fine-strain in a fancy coupette glass. Garnish with a pumpkin seed on top.

Gregory is pictured second from right, with (left to right) Yaguara co-founder Hamilton Lowe, Gabriele Manfredi and Gianfranco Spada.

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