Kentucky bourbon brand Rebel Yell has launched a new cocktail competition to find the UK’s ‘best bourbon bartender’.
The winner will be in with the chance to win a visit to Rebel Yell’s distillery on the Bourbon Trail during the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in September.
Bartenders need to submit a ‘Lucky 7s’ combination – a Rebel Yell-based cocktail using no more than seven ingredients and taking no longer than seven minutes to make. Entries must be completed by May 12.
Regional semi-finals will take place at McPhabbs in Glasgow on May 28, The Lost & Found in Leeds on May 29 and Milroy’s in London’s Soho on May 31.
The three finalists will then shake it out at a ‘Bourbon Battle’ in London on June 17, with the ultimate UK winner heading to Lux Row Distillers in Kentucky, where Rebel Yell is distilled, for the global competition final on September 19.
The winner will also enjoy a grand prize of hand-selecting a Rebel Yell barrel to take home, equivalent to 60 bottles, with master blender and head distiller John Rempe.
John said: “We’re hoping to find a maverick bartender who can champion Rebel Yell serves in the UK – the winner of the Bourbon Battle will be a brave bartender who can break the mold and stand out from the crowd.”