Buffalo Trace cocktail playing cards champion bars and bartenders

Buffalo Trace Cards

Bartenders from bars across the UK are seeing their cocktails promoted to consumers in a free deck of playing cards given out with Buffalo Trace bourbon in shops.

They range from original drinks to classics such as a Manhattan, Old Fashioned and Mint Julep and signature Buffalo Trace serves including the Buffalo Mojito and a Boilermaker.

The deck is attached to special promotional bottles of Buffalo Trace available through Tesco, Asda, Booker and other selected retailers from this month, while stocks last. The deck is also available to buy through online drinks retailer www.TheSpiritCellar.com.

Each playing card carries an image of the cocktail plus its name, the bartender and their bar plus a link to the website, www.buffalotrace.com/serves where they can view the full recipe. There is also a chance to win a trip to visit Buffalo Trace in Kentucky.

Dan Bolton, managing director of distributor Hi-Spirits, said: “A big part of bourbon’s appeal is its mixability, and we wanted to share the imagination and flair that so many bartenders demonstrate when working with the brand.

“Consumers are increasingly bringing the on-trade’s booming cocktail culture home by making their own cocktails and mixed drinks, and our exclusive card deck enables them to learn from some of the best mixologists in the business. Just deal yourself a card, and start shaking!”

Bartenders from Edinburgh featured on the cards include Euan Halliday from Tigerlily, Gordon Purnell from Panda & Sons, “Wee Jack” from Lucky Liquor Co, Adam Blair and Kyle Jamieson from The Bon Vivant, Daniel Marko from Paradise Palms and Sam McGarry from Bramble.

From the north, there are cocktails from Tom Proud from the Hop & Cleaver in Newcastle upon Tyne, Claudio Antonino from The Maven in Leeds and Tom Finnon from Smokestack Leeds while from Nottingham, the cards feature Danny Couch from Rum House, Joe Macbeth from The Lacehouse and Henry Yates from Boilermaker.

Birmingham bartenders include Amanjot Johl from The Church, Joseph Ellis from The Victoria, Katie Rouse from Jekyll & Hyde and Alina Kuzmina from Master & Margarita, while others in the Midlands include Chris Bellingham from The Kenilworth, Paul Ford from Haycock & Tailbar in Northampton, and several from Leicester: Roop Kahlon from 33 Cank Street, Charles Roche from 1901 Turkey Café and Jake Beaverstock from Voodoo Café.

London bartenders include Maxime Creusot from Steam & Rye, Adam Spinks from The Bar At Belgraves, Ali Bell from The Bar at 64 Degrees in Pimlico and Brighton, Felicity Grandsen from The Cadogan Square, Charlie Bolton from Barnyard, Michal Wojisiol from Whiskey Ginger, Chris Strong from Merchants Tavern, Edoardo Latella and Dale from Hawksmoor in Knightsbridge, Soroush from Fleet Street Kitchen, Neika Van Enckevort from Paradise By Way of Kensal Rise, Ben Robson from Boopshi’s, Aurelien Luthrimger from Dirty Bones and Walter Neagu from JW Marriott.

Others include Mark Smalley, Eric Chan and Lee Champion from Tigermilk in Plymouth, Luke Galea and Alexander Taylor from Lab 22 in Cardiff, Ben Bravinton-Sim from The Speakeasy in Exeter, Richard O’Brien from X Bells in Norwich, Shane Cody from Mokoko in St Albans, Daniel Hovell from Black Dove in Brighton, Callum Rumble from 131 & Crazy Eights in Bristol, and Jason Davies from Hausbar in Bristol.

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