Inverness bartender wins OVD competition

Robert Kerr OVD RumRobb Kerr (pictured) from Dows Bar in Inverness has won the inaugural OVD Discover the Dark Side of Rum cocktail competition.

He was one of 11 bartenders who made it through to the final after winning regional heats in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Ayrshire, and Dufftown in Moray. His prize is £1,000 in travel or high street vouchers.

Robb’s cocktail, Guyana Girl (pictured below), combines OVD dark rum with Malibu, blackcurrant cordial, pineapple juice, lime and home-made banana-flavoured tobacco and molasses syrup.

Second place in the final went to Linsey Rae of Monteiths in Edinburgh and joint third was secured by Ian Sanderson from Tiki Bar in Glasgow and David McJannet from Elliots Bar in Prestwick.

OVD brand manager Paul Curry from First Drinks said: “Robb’s cocktail is beautifully balanced and he did an excellent job of presenting it on the night. He has a real appreciation of the complex, rich, dark, sweet flavours that characterise OVD, and in his cocktail these were perfectly complemented by the fruit and coconut.”

Robb added: “It is incredible to have won. It hasn’t really sunk in yet. The north of Scotland regional heat in Dufftown was my first time taking part in a cocktail competition so I was shocked to win that. But to then go on to win the final is just amazing.”

The other bartenders who made it through to the final were Jennifer Yau from Rick’s Bar in Edinburgh, Kaiko Tulloch from 99 Hanover Street in Edinburgh, David Howie from The Dome in Prestwick, Ryan Connery from Si Café in Irvine, Nicol Cooper from Tiki Bar in Glasgow, Andy Van Der Schyff from Johnny Foxes & The Den in Inverness and Fiona Reid from Orchid in Aberdeen.

Paul said: “All the contestants really upped their game for the final and the standard of the drinks created was exceptional.

“This competition was devised to encourage bartenders to experiment with OVD rum and create drinks that would help to widen its appeal. It has been inspiring to see young Scottish bartenders using such innovation and creativity.

“Every cocktail has been quite different and truly delicious. They have varied from new takes on old classics to never-seen-before creations.

“The bartenders have shown the true versatility of OVD Rum as a cocktail base and showcased how it can be used to make a vast selection of contemporary, interesting and great-tasting drinks appealing to both men and women of all age groups.”

Guyana Girl by Robb Kerr

25ml OVD dark rum
12.5ml blackcurrant cordial
25ml Malibu coconut rum
75ml Pineapple juice
12.5ml Home-made banana-flavoured tobacco and molasses syrup
Juice from half a freshly cut lime

Shake all the ingredients with cubed ice and strain into a chilled Martini glass. The cocktail is sweet so more sour can be added to the ingredients. Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge.

Guyana Girl with OVD Rum by Robert Kerr

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