Rebel Yell

Kentucky bourbon brand Rebel Yell has launched a new cocktail competition to find the UK’s ‘best bourbon bartender’. The winner will be in with the chance to win a visit to Rebel Yell’s distillery on the Bourbon Trail during the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in September. Bartenders need to submit a ‘Lucky 7s’ combination – a …

Crystal Head Vodka

Crystal Head Vodka is encouraging bartenders across the UK to get creative with the spirit for the chance to win £1,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Vienna. To enter, bartenders need to invent an original drink which is inspired by the theme of Creative Spirit and showcases Crystal Head. A minimum of 35ml …

Cointreau's By Invitation Only winners and judges

Bartenders Nathan Larkin and Marcos Ameneiros Zannone have been crowned the winners of Cointreau’s By Invitation Only Margarita Cocktail Competition. Building off of the success of Cointreau’s 2018 ‘Margarita Loves Cointreau’ campaign, the competition champions creativity by encouraging mixologists from across the UK to come up with their own twist on the Margarita. The final, …

No 3 Gin Unlock Taste

No 3 Gin has announced the finalists of its annual cocktail tournament Unlock Taste, following a series of competitive regional heats across the UK. The latest round of this year’s challenge saw 12 UK bartenders in each region battle it out to create a modern twist on the iconic 20th Century Cocktail using No 3 …

Margarita Rumble

New York City’s Craft Hospitality is returning to the UK for Margarita Rumble, a bottomless festival that pits top bars and mixologists against each other to find the UK’s best tequila cocktail. The event, which is sponsored by tequila brand Jose Cuervo, will take place in London and Manchester on Sunday 5 May. It invites …

Talisker Wild Spirit

Diageo Reserve’s scotch whisky brand Talisker has launched a new bartender training programme and competition, which will see the brand embark on a UK-wide tour. The Wild Spirit Whisky Tour is said to be a progressive evolution of the brand’s Race to Skye competition, which launched in 2017. It will visit a total of 16 …

Bobby Fitzpatrick Rum Off

1970s-inspired West Hampstead bar Bobby Fitzpatrick is bringing back its Rum Off competition for 2019. Following on from its successful launch last year, the competitive and interactive cocktail-making series is inviting sixteen rum brands to compete in the “ultimate rum battle”. Kicking off in May and running until November, the competition presents a number of …

Art of Italicius 2018 global finalists

Premium Italian low-ABV spirit brand Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto is bringing back its Art of Italicus Aperitivo Challenge for a second year. Italicus is expanding its reach, inviting bartenders across 13 countries to participate in the international competition create an original aperitivo-style cocktail recipe inspired by any form of art. The recipe must use a …

Chelsie Bailey Bacardí Legacy finalist

Bristol bartender Chelsie Bailey has been named UK finalist for 2019’s Bacardí Legacy cocktail competition and will travel to Amsterdam for the global final in May. After battling it out in the competition’s regional heats, Chelsie competed against three other UK bartenders to secure her place as a finalist. Made from Bacardí Reserva Ocho rum, …

Brugal 1888 Nearly Neat

Two UK bartenders have been selected to compete in the global final of Brugal 1888’s inaugural global rum competition in the Dominican Republic. Daniel Stępień from The Ritz and Giulia Cuccurullo from Artesian beat off stiff competition from fellow industry experts during the first round of the competition, which took place at The Parrot in …