Miami Vice inspires bartenders in Koko Kanu competition

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The spirit of Crockett and Tubbs – the legendary lead characters in 1980s TV show Miami Vice – was brought back to life by coconut rum Koko Kanu.

In a competition called “Kan-u-Kolada Your Miami Vice?”, 12 pairs of bartenders dressed up in their best 80s gear to impress judges while making two cocktails.

The winning duo were Keivan Nemati and Maxwell Whitney from Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell, London. Their prize is an extravagant “Miami Vice experience” which includes a Ferrari drive, dinner and drinks hosted by Koko Kanu’s distributor J Wray & Nephew UK and a casino night out.

The teams were challenged to create a twist on the classic Piña Colada, using at least 50ml of Koko Kanu. They also had to serve up a Miami Vice – a cocktail created by mixing a “Koko Kolada” with a Strawberry Daiquiri.

The winning Pina Colada twist used 50ml of Koko Kanu and 100ml of pineapple custard, while the Miami Vice serve was created by adding 50ml of Appleton Rum, 50ml of strawberry puree, 20ml of lime juice and 20ml of almond butter syrup.

Keivan’s and Maxwell’s cocktail was selected by the judges for its creativity, balance and flavour alongside the finalists’ showmanship. The judges included Andy Ives from BarlifeUK, JJ Goodman from London Cocktail Club bars and Lyndon Higginson from The Liar’s Club in Manchester.

Samantha Burke, on-trade and trade marketing manager for brand owner Campari, said: “I am extremely impressed with the enthusiasm of the competition’s finalists. They all really embraced the Miami Vice theme and had a lot of fun whilst creating their serves.

“It was a tough competition, however the winners’ creativity, passion and mixology skills really impressed all three judges.

“The competition has been a huge success and definitely has the potential to become an annual fixture.”

The final, held at Loves Company in London, featured bartenders from bars including Big Easy, Bar 366, Hawksmoor, The Folly, Matsuri St James’s, Lab, MeatMission and Loves Company in London, Hotel du Vin, and The Milk Thistle in Bristol.

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