Opihr Gin announces an impressive panel of judges for the fifth edition of its global cocktail competition Opihr Gin World Adventure.
Drinks industry leader Simone Caporale, Hong Kong-based spirit evangelist Ondrej Pospichal and last year’s competition winner Aaron Pollack from Chicago will lead the grand final judging panel.
Simone said: “It’s great to be part of a cocktail competition that is not only celebrating local ingredients, but is ultimately encouraging bartenders to share with one another the knowledge of their country and culture to experiment with new flavours that they’ve learnt from one another.”
The final takes place from 24–27 September in vibrant and colourful Istanbul, the city that bridges the East and the West, and will see the last ten standing bartenders competing for the ultimate title.
Inspired by the ancient Spice Route where merchants travelled thousands of miles to exchange the best botanicals, exotic spices, and local knowledge, The Opihr World Adventure is calling for the world’s explorer bartenders to submit “a bold and unique cocktail recipe that transcends borders, cities and cultures”, using a key, local ingredient.
Ondrej adds: “Cocktails are all about the intricacy of ingredients, and it’s fantastic that Opihr is championing local ingredients and encouraging bartenders to experiment with these in new and different ways.”
To enter the competition, bartenders must upload a picture of their cocktail to Instagram accompanied by the story behind it, tagging @Opihrgin and using hashtag #OpihrWorld along with a geotag for the location they are posting from.
The finalists will be selected through tough elimination rounds in the regional finals over the summer.
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