Edinburgh bartender wins place in Caribbean final

Will Cox Bon Vivant Edinburgh Domaine de Canton Lady of the IndiesWill Cox (pictured) from The Bon Vivant bar in Edinburgh has won a place in the international final of a cocktail competition in the French West Indies.

He was named UK winner of the Domaine de Canton Bartender of the Year contest in London after creating The Lady of the Indies that mixes the premium ginger liqueur with unaged mezcal, Earl Grey tea and grapefruit bitters.

He will be one of 12 bartenders at Domaine de Canton’s international final in the French West Indies in the Caribbean in June. As well as enjoying the all-expenses-paid trip, he will have a chance to win the top prize of $10,000 – nearly £6,000.

The judges in the UK were Dan Priseman, of blog Bitters & Twisted and co-founder of NOLA Bar in Shoreditch, east London, Louise Corbin of website Barchick and George Frost, director of The Westbourne Drinks Company

Domaine de Canton, owned by Maurice Cooper et Cie, is made in small batches in Jarnac in Cognac in France and distributed in the UK by Marblehead Brand Development.

Lady of the Indies by Will Cox

35ml Domaine de Canton
40ml Unaged mezcal
25ml Earl Grey tea
2 dashes of grapefruit bitters

Stir all the ingredients over ice and strain into a crystal tea cup, garnished with a lemon twist and tea leaves.

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