Nikka names Perfect Serve winner

Adam McGurk and Stanislav VadrnaAdam McGurk from Hawksmoor in Guildhall, London, has won the Nikka Perfect Serve competition focused on personalising cocktails and whisky service.

Held in London, the UK event is run by drinks company Eaux de Vie for Japanese whisky Nikka. It involved a master class by brand ambassador Stanislav Vadrna on the Japanese concept of “omakase”, where the bartender is entrusted with selecting a customer’s drink, whether it is a whisky or a cocktail not found on the menu.

Adam will compete with winners from other European countries at a final in November, with the prize of a trip to the Miyagikyo and Yoichi distilleries in Japan. He is pictured left, with Stanislav Vadrna.

The other competitors at the London event included: Robert Wood from the Kenilworth, Warwickshire; LLadislav Piljar from Bam Bou, London; Gabriele Manfredi from Nightjar, London; Hayden Lambert from The Merchant Hotel, Belfast; Nicola Piazza from The Zetter Townhouse, London; Nathan Merriman from the American Bar at the Savoy, London; and Ryan Chetiyawardana, previously at the Worship Street Whistling Shop, London.

Adam came up with two cocktails (for which the methods are unvailable):

The 1819 Cocktail
50ml Nikka Yoichi 15 Year Old
70ml Pink grapefruit juice
7.5ml Jasmine-infused honey
3 raspberries in a little clay tea cup

Blook Sweat and Demand
50ml Nikka from the Barrel
10ml Cinzano Orancio
10ml Cherry Heering
10ml Martini Rosso

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