Bartenders challenged to create art-inspired cocktail with Italicus

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Bartenders are being challenged to create the “ultimate art-inspired aperitivo experience” in a competition for Italian aperitif Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto.

They are being urged to be “as brave and innovative as possible” with their aperitivo-style cocktail creations, inspired by any form of art. The deadline for entering the Art of Italicus competition is July 1, 2018.

Eight finalists will be selected for the UK national final which will be held in September when competitors will be asked to prepare their cocktails in front of a live panel of expert judges.

The winner will be crowned the UK’s Bar Artist of the Year and entered into the global Art of Italicus final in Milan in November. The overall winner will become The World’s Bar Artist of the Year and be invited to participate in a workshop at The American Bar at The Savoy in London.

Entrants must use at least 30ml of Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto plus a maximum of four other ingredients. The recipe should be expressed with measurements as well as garnishes, glassware and overall presentation, and participants are welcome to suggest a food pairing.

For terms and conditions and to enter, visit

Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto was launched two years ago by Giuseppe Gallo, a leading expert in Italian spirits, drawing on the forgotten category of rosolio – an aperitif that was popular in Italy until the 19th century.

Championing bergamot, a citrus fruit from Calabria in Italy, it has a light citrus scent with hints of rose and lavender. On the palate, it tastes of ripe citrus balanced by a light bitter and floral spice.

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