Britain’s female bartenders line up for Speed Rack

Some of the UK’s top female bartenders are set to compete today in the national Speed Rack bartending competition that will help to raise money to fight breast cancer.

Based on the successful competition created in the US, Speed Rack is returning for a second year, taking place tonight at a ticketed event at Oval Space in east London, supported by leading drinks brands.

The contenders are due to be:

  • India Blanch, Made in the Shade, London
  • Charlotte Berger, Steam & Rye, London
  • Sian Ferguson, 99 Bar & Kitchen, Aberdeen
  • Claire Houghton, Manchester House, South Manchester
  • Charlene Holt, Apotheca, Manchester
  • Clotilde Lataille, Hawksmoor Spitafields Bar, London
  • Sophie Mackay, House of Wolf, London
  • Jessica Antoinette Rebecca Munro, The Alchemist, New York Street, Manchester
  • Rosie Paterson, The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
  • Stephanie Smith, The Victoria, Birmingham
  • Kaiko Tulloch, The Bon Vivant, Stockbridge, Edinburgh
  • Elizabeth Ward, The Liar’s Club, Manchester

After raising more than $250,000 for breast cancer charities NBCF and SHARE in the US, the UK event will raise funds for breast cancer charity, The Haven.

Tickets are available in advance for £15 online by clicking here and at the door. It runs from 7pm to 10pm.

Bartenders are challenged to make rounds of cocktails, selected from a list of 50 accepted industry-standard classic recipes, in front of a panel of judges and an audience. Judges rate each drink based on prep time and accuracy.

The judging panel includes Jake Burger from London bar Portobello Star and Portobello Road Gin, Belvedere global brand ambassador Ali Dedianko, and Sandrae Lawrence of The Cocktail Lovers magazine. It will be compered by JJ Goodman, bartender patron of the London Cocktail Club Group.

Speed Rack, Inc was created by nationally acclaimed US bartenders and industry ambassadors Lynnette Marrero and Ivy Mix.

It is supported in the UK by platinum sponsors Belvedere, Four Roses Bourbon, Auchentoshan whisky, Bacardi rum, Excellia Tequila and G’Vine gin. Gold sponsors are Luxardo and Martini & Rossi, and silver sponsors are Courvoisier, Galliano, Del Maguey, Rhuby Liqueur, Blossoms Syrup, June Liqueur and Le Quintinye Vermouth Royal.

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