Edinburgh bartender Callum Baines has won 1800 Tequila’s competition seeking cocktails that demonstrate what we will be drinking in 20 years’ time.
Callum (pictured), who works at Treacle Bar & Kitchen, impressed judges with his cocktail, Make Tequila Great Again, which combined 1800 Reposado with oak wood smoke, cactus and aloe syrup, lemon juice and Boston Bittahs, served in a mug.
His inspiration came from the notion of global warming impacting resources of natural water and fresh ingredients causing sustainability to become the main focus of cocktails of the future.
Callum said: “The cocktail has a theatrical element from smoking of the glass. It also provides inviting aromas to all guests in the bar. By using ingredients such as aloe and cactus that are not commonly found in cocktails, I provide the customer with a new flavour experience.
“I can also confidently market the cocktail as a ‘hangover-free’ drink due to the naturally hydrating properties of cactus and aloe.”
His prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to Mexico including a visit to the 1800 distillery.
The 1800 Visionaries Cocktail Competition sought cocktails that were visionary not just in the ingredients and taste but in the glassware, appearance and garnish, supported by reasons why they would be the “iconic drink of the future”.
Entries were reviewed by a judging panel, leading to six bartenders being invited to take part in a final at the Oxo Tower in London.
The other finalists (pictured below with Callum) were Amy Swanton from Aviator hotel in Farnborough in Hampshire, Jonathan Shaw from One Goose Entry in Belfast, Peter Konkoly from Coya Mayfair in London, Radoslaw Rozycki from The Cocktail Trading Co in London and Sofiane Barthelemy from The Library Bar at The Lanesborough hotel in London.
Make Tequila Great Again by Callum Baines
50ml 1800 Reposado
30ml Cactus and aloe syrup
25ml Lemon juice
Oak wood smoke
Garnish: Prickly pears
Shake the tequila, syrup, juice and bitters and fine-strain over block ice into a cocktail glass that has been smoked with oak wood. Garnish with prickly pears.