Bartenders put ‘pen to shaker’ with Poshmakers

poshmakers rangeA competition challenging bartenders to create literary-inspired cocktails has returned for 2014, expanding beyond the UK and offering more prizes.

Putting Pen to Shaker calls for drinks that use at least two products in the portfolio of The Poshmakers, which includes Ish Gin, AKA Vodka and Virgin Gorda rum.

The cocktails must be inspired by a book of the bartender’s choice, from novels and children’s stories to non-fiction and comic books.

After the success of its inaugural run in the UK last year, this year’s competition also involves bartenders in Spain, Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

This year, the total prize fund is 5,000 euros plus 3,000 euros worth of Poshmakers products.

UK qualifiers will take place in May and June in Manchester, London, Bristol and Scotland.

The winners of national heats in London, Lisbon, Madrid, Berlin, Amsterdam and Prague will receive a cash prize and travel expenses to the global final at Salvatore’s Bar at Playboy London in November.

The overall prize includes a 1,000 euro cash prize, an article in Bar Magazine and a chance to join The Poshmakers’ cocktail development team.

Last year’s winner was David Hamilton Boyd, who was inspired by Paddington Bear to create a cocktail made with Virgin Gorda flash-infused with hot buttered sourdough toast, mixed with lemon juice, camomile and vanilla bitters made with AKA Vodka, plus orange marmalade created using Ish Gin and Ish Limed. It was topped up with soda over crushed ice and served with a garnish of tiny marmalade sandwiches in two glasses inside a pair of small red Wellington boots – Paddington’s signature footwear.

For details on entering, email organiser Jimi Pearce at

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