Moroccan adventure inspires winning cocktails with spiced gin

opihr cocktail gaslit labyrinth

London bartender Tom Theuremeister created a cocktail using ingredients sourced from the souk of Marrakech to win a competition for Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin.

Tom, from the Lost Angel in Battersea, created the Sahara Zahara (pictured), or Desert Flower, by infusing Opihr Gin with cactus pear fruit and shaking it with floral rose yoghurt – all obtained by haggling and dodging monkeys in the city’s labyrinthine market.

He then added a squeeze of lime and local honey and served it in a cup and saucer made by a nomadic tribe who had come to the market to sell their wares, with a prickly pear on the side.

The six bartenders, all from the UK, were also each given a “mystery miniature” spirit to create a cocktail. Tom created the Gaslit Labyrinth with British aperitif Kamm & Sons, which he combined with Opihr, lemon juice and honey and served in a Moroccan tea glass rimmed with crushed sesame-encrusted almonds, with cinnamon dusted orange slices on the side.

In second place was Miran Chauhan from Paradise Palms in Edinburgh and third place went to Filippo Previo from Mr Fogg’s in Mayfair, London.

The other bartenders taken to Morocco for the Marrakech Adventure Cocktail Competition were Joe Wild from Jenny’s Bar in Liverpool, Kaiko Tulloch from 99 Hanover Street in Edinburgh and Wil Wilson from Chaophraya in Leeds.

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