Flor de Cana Rum Frontiers 2019

Rum brand Flor de Caña has announced that its cocktail competition Rum Frontiers is returning for 2019 with a focus on sustainability. The competition, which launched in 2015, is centred on the brand’s dedication to sustainability and Fairtrade products. Flor de Caña’s range of premium rums are distilled in Nicaragua, in the shadow of an …

Matthew Clark's Stir it Up competition

Drinks supplier Matthew Clark has announced that its nationwide cocktail competition Stir it Up, which debuted last year, will return for 2019. Under the theme of ‘Discovery’, the contest is searching for “innovators, trailblazers and flavour scientists” to mix up “futuristic smash-ups” of contemporary classics. The top 40 bartenders will battle it out live at …

Campfire Gin, The World’s Best Martini Challenge

Campfire Gin was crowned the winner of this year’s The World’s Best Martini Challenge at a public final hosted at 100 Wardour Street in Soho. In November 2018, founders and Martini aficionados Gary Sharp and James Thomas called on gin brands across the UK to put forward their spirit to be the official base for …

Tio Pepe Challenge

Bartenders across the UK are being invited to demonstrate their mixology flair and sherry cocktail making skills in the annual Tio Pepe Challenge. Organised by Spanish producer Gonzalez Byass, the international competition presents an opportunity for bartenders and mixologists from all over the world to discover the endless possibilities of sherry and to express their …

Tennessee Calling III winners

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Calling III winners had the opportunity to showcase their cocktails at one of the world’s best bars The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog in New York. The crowned champions include Alex Walker from The Artesian at The Langham, London, Ben Alcock from HMSS/Filthy XIII and Eric Tinca from Satan’s Whiskers. In early …

Global Monin Cup finalists with Oliver Monin

Dimi Savvaidis of the King of Islington in Dundee has been crowned the first ever UK champion of the biennial Global Monin Cup competition. Now in its 7th year, the Monin Cup is open to professional bartenders under the age of 28. 2018’s participants were challenged to ‘Mix Their Origins’ to demonstrate creative genius behind …

Gin Off

Marylebone Gin has been declared the winner of Graphic bar’s Gin Off 2018, which saw 16 gin brands compete through a series of cocktail making heats. The competition, which took place at the Soho bar, commenced in April. The final, hosted this November, saw Marylebone, Brooklyn, Fords and Nicholson gin battle it out for the …

Jim Beam

Anna Christopherson from Boda Bar in Edinburgh has won a trip to Tokyo as part of Jim Beam bourbon’s Jim Beam Presents: Class of 2018 bartender programme. Earlier this year, Jim Beam launched the programme to engage with UK bartenders, offering attendees the opportunity to explore the fundamentals of American whiskey and learn about the …

Tahona Society Collective Spirit winners

Canada’s Alex Black and Makenzie Chilton have been crowned the winners of Altos Tequila’s inaugural The Tahona Society Collective Spirit competition. Previously cocktail-focused, this year The Tahona Society evolved, becoming a platform to inspire and champion sustainable practice within the bartending industry. The competition challenged bartenders from around the world to present project ideas that …

WMEB winners Johnny Tsai and Chef Yu Lee

Glenfiddich has named Johnny Tsai of Bar TCRC Tiawan and Chef Yu Lee of Ninao Gelato the winners of its annual World’s Most Experimental Bartender competition. The competition aims to cultivate community, challenging top bartenders around the world to come together with a fellow craftsman or artisan outside the drinks world to co-create fresh, unique …