Simone Caporale (pictured), a bartender at the Artesian bar at London’s Langham Hotel, won the first cocktail competition organised by Bloom gin.
He beat nine other talented competitors with his Lavender Daisy, fresh and feminine cocktail that reflects the delicate floral notes of the gin.
It is made with 50ml Bloom gin, 20ml of lemon juice, 15ml of orgeat syrup, four dashes of Lavender Bob’s Bitters and two lavender leaves, served in a champagne flute.
The runner-up at the event, held at Searcys at St Pancras Grand in London, was Ian Peel of Covent Garden Cocktail Club. A wild card award went to Albert Garcia Mozley of London’s Landmark Hotel.
The judges were G&J Greenall master distiller Joanne Moore, who created Bloom, Sarah Mitchell, manager of Graphic bar in Soho, and Mark Ludmon, editor of Bar magazine.
Moore said she was impressed by the quality of the cocktails. “Simone clearly established his choice of ingredients in connection to Bloom alongside his excellent service skills in preparing an exquisite cocktail.”
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