Competition finds best cocktail maker in London’s West End

Sergej Platonov

Sergej Platonov (pictured) from The Club at The Ivy has won a competition to find the best Cocktail Maker of the Year in London’s West End.

Over 20 of the capital’s leading bartenders took part in the contest at Genting Casinos’ The Colony Club in Mayfair which was sponsored by craft gin and vodka brand Sipsmith.

Each competitor had to submit an original recipe that contained at least 25ml of Sipsmith Gin and fewer than nine ingredients including syrups, fruit juices, dashes and drops.

Sergej took the title with his Ugly Duckling, made up of 30ml of Sipsmith VJOP, 20ml of palo cortado sherry, 10ml of a tonic reduction and 10ml of Rubis chocolate wine.

He was closely followed by Nicolo Carraro from the Coburg Bar at The Connaught, Tiphaine Ramage from Home House and Joseba Madina from Galvin La Chapelle.

Now in its second year, the tournament was created by The Colony Club’s food and beverage manager Riccardo Andreotti to find the best bartenders in Mayfair, offering a prize fund of £1,000.

Sergej said: “The Mayfair Tournament is always a great way to experiment with new flavours and ideas. It was really energetic with some strong competition from my fellow competitors and I’m very proud to have claimed the title.”

The prestigious judging panel included Genting Casinos’ food and beverage director Otto Hoenig, Sipsmith master distiller Jared Brown, 45 Park Lane hotel’s food and beverage manager Thibault Bouquet and Sipsmith’s sales director James Grundy.

Riccardo said: “It was a very exciting and closely fought competition with innovative cocktails served up by highly skilled professionals. There were fantastic stories behind each drink together with a lot of passion and knowledge.

“Despite the electric atmosphere, all the finalists particularly enjoyed the secret final round where contenders had to make a Negroni wearing boxing gloves! It just shows how much talent there is in the London cocktail scene.”

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