London bartenders win places in UKBG national final

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Sebastian Kasyna (pictured) from Coq d’Argent in the City of London came top in the London heat of the UKBG National Cocktail Competition.

He impressed judges with his fruity cocktail, Greyheart Flower, made with Earl Grey tea and Woods 100 Old Navy Rum.

Along with nine other bartenders, he will go on to compete in the UK final in October. The others are Tiago Mira, Maxime Creusot, Michal Buben, Fillipo Sion, Laszlo Nyiri, Flavio Prospero, Mattia Conti, Alessandro Pizzoli and Federico Pavan.

Competitors were tasked with creating their own personalised cocktail, featuring at least 35ml of Wood’s 100 Old Navy Rum and a maximum of five other ingredients.

The London heat, held in the Red Bar at the London Marriott Hotel Park Lane, attracted 20 bartenders.

The next heat of the competition will take place on July 8 at the Captain’s Club, Christchurch, Dorset, where more bartenders will battle it out for places in the final and the chance to represent the UK in the IBA World Cocktail Championship in Bulgaria next year.

The UKBG is also running the Young Bar Tender of the Year competition, sponsored by Bénédictine, offering a chance for mixologists under the age of 28 to show off their skills. During three heats, contestants will be expected to make a cocktail featuring the competition’s sponsor as well as demonstrating their knowledge of the brand.

To enter the UKBG National Cocktail Competition entrants must be members of the UKBG to compete, with annual membership available from £35. For more info on how to register, visit

Pictures by Tom Elms Photography. Click here for more pictures from the London heat.

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