The Thinker

International bartender Bannie Kang (pictured below) has been declared the winner of the Black Cow Gold Top Cup 2018, a zero waste cocktail and food pairing theme competition. The Black Cow Gold Top Cup 2018 Final was held at the Black Cow Distillery, Bar and Kitchen in West Dorset. Competitors were tasked with developing a …

Diageo Reserve’s premium vodka brand Ketel One Vodka has crowned Thomas Loosli (pictured) from Original Sin as the winner of the Copper to Canvas cocktail competition. Ketel One Vodka, a founding partner of Sarabande: The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation, challenged seven bartenders to create a cocktail inspired by artwork from artists-in-residence at Sarabande Studios. Named …

Patrón Perfectionists

Nicole Sykes (pictured below) from Satan’s Whiskers in East London has been crowned the UK champion of the 2018 Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition with her Godfather’s Affinity cocktail. After winning the London heat of the Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition, Nicole created and showcased her cocktail at the UK final at Restaurant Ours, London, in front …

black cow

Bartenders are being challenged to create a food and cocktail pairing with zero waste in this year’s competition for west Dorset’s Black Cow vodka. For the 2018 Gold Top Cup, the brand is seeking entries from the UK and around the world for a series of regional heats in August followed by a grand final …

Whisky Cocktail Classic winner

A competition seeking the whisky cocktails of the future has been launched by leading on-trade spirits wholesaler Speciality Drinks. After the success of the challenge’s inaugural run last year, the nationwide search is calling on bartenders to create a new recipe on the theme of “peat”, using whisky from any country around the world, not …

Auchentoshan New Malt Order

Bartenders have the chance to collaborate on creating a new whisky with the return of Auchentoshan’s New Malt Order competition. They are challenged to create a cocktail that captures the essence of the triple distilled malt whisky and takes inspiration from the bartender’s home city. The winners will visit the home of Auchentoshan in Glasgow, …

Talisker Made by the Sea with bottle

Bartenders are being challenged to create a cocktail with Talisker whisky for a chance to compete at a final at its home on the Isle of Skye. Returning for a second year, the Race to Skye competition is seeking recipes that “evoke the spirit of Talisker’s Made By the Sea campaign”, which celebrates the single …

Patron Li Tong winning

A search for perfectionist bartenders has been launched with the return of a global cocktail competition for Patrón tequila. The Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition is back for a fourth year, calling for entries from bartenders from around the world including the UK. Entrants are being challenged to demonstrate Patrón’s respect for craftsmanship, attention to detail …

Milk Bar Chairman's Reserve 2017

Bartenders have a chance to win a trip to Saint Lucia in the Caribbean with the return of the Chairman’s Reserve competition seeking the best twists on a Mai Tai. Entries are now open for the campaign, run by distributor Emporia Brands, which will see bars around the UK competing over sales and publicity for …

Shetland Reel gins

The Shetland Distillery Company is challenging bartenders to create an adventurous new cocktail for a chance to make their own gin for release to the market. The drink must reflect three key areas of importance to the distillery’s Shetland Reel gin brand: the “spirit of adventure”, where the distillery is based in Shetland, and originality …