Competition pays homage to the classics with gin and bitters


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A cocktail competition paying homage to the classics is under way for Hayman’s Gin and The Bitter Truth range of bitters and liqueurs.

The Vintage to Visionary competition, organised by drinks company Love Drinks, is calling on bartenders to create two drinks for a chance to win the top prize of £1,000.

The first drink should be inspired by classic styles of drink and should use one gin from the Hayman’s range of five gins and any of the Bitter Truth range of 10 bitters and six liqueurs.

The second drink offers bartenders a chance to showcase their talent and vision for innovative drinks making, again using the The Bitter Truth range and Hayman’s gins.

This drink should “bring forth exciting flavours, ingredients and methods to delight and surprise the judges”. It will need a different product from the ranges from the one used in the classic-style drink.

Building on the success of the competition last year, four regional heats will be held around the UK on July 7, 8, 14 and 15. The locations of the heats will be decided after entries have been collated, and competitors will be contacted in advance.

Send in the two drink recipes to emma@lovedrinks.co.uk by Friday June 27, 2014.

Once the regional shortlist has been decided, bartenders will compete and be judged on the following criteria:

• Name of the cocktail – 10 points
• Appearance of the cocktail – 15 points
• Taste of the cocktail – 30 points
• The aroma of the cocktail – 10 points
• The technical ability of the bartender – 10 points
• The promotion of the drink in the bar – 10 points
• Product knowledge – 15 points

The top two entrants from each heat will go on to compete in the final which will be held in London on Wednesday August 20, 2014.

The recipes submitted in the regional should not change. However, the finalists will be expected to theme their presentation with appropriate dress and style.

Extra marks will be award for:
• Creativity – 10 points
• Style – 10 points
• Theme – 10 points
• Overall presentation – 20 points


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