Jamie Proud from The Pound in Canterbury, Kent has won Good Living Brewing Company’s Dry January Cocktail Competition.
The inaugural contest, which sets out to showcase that no and low-alcohol cocktails can be enticing and delicious, invited bars across the south east of England to create a low-ABV serve containing at least 100ml of Good Living Brewing’s 0.5% ABV Binary Botanical.
Eight successful entrants were invited to the final at Michelin-starred restaurant L’ortolan in Berkshire, where they had the opportunity to showcase their creations to a panel of esteemed judges.
There was also a Ready Steady Cook-style challenge, where competitors were tasked with creating a cocktail from a mystery box of ingredients, which included Binary Botanical 0.5% and no-alcohol aperitifs from supporter Aecorn.
Jamie created Binary Reboot, a playful take on a low-alcohol Bloody Mary, featuring Binary Botanical 0.5%.
Jamie said: “It means a lot to me to win. I’ve always enjoyed being a mixologist and it’s hugely rewarding that these expert judges liked my cocktail!
“I believe, as the days go by more people want no/low alcohol drinks. and on our next menu we are looking to have more options for that reason.”
Danielle Bekker, co-founder of Good Living Brewing, added: “Our goal in launching this competition was to celebrate low/no alcohol cocktails, and we were blown away by the industry’s enthusiasm and the number and quality of entries – the range of flavours, infusions and presentation far exceeded our expectations.”