Selia Bugallo of Kwãnt, London has been crowned the Best Italicus Bar Artist of the Year with her aperitivo-style cocktail, The Three of Us.
At the final at Barcelona’s Paradiso bar, which recently placed at number 20 in the World’s 50 Best Bars, 12 bartenders battled it out in front of a live panel of expert judges. Each finalist was marked on their inspiration and connection with any form of art, presentation, interaction and knowledge of the brand.
Selia, who works alongside Erik Lorincz at new London bar Kwãnt, saw off strong competition from finalists with her winning cocktail The Three of Us, an aperitivo cocktail made from Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto, coffee-infused sake and Oloroso wine.
Dario Doimo of Mr Coco in Las Vegas and Melissa Countant from Cafe Moderne in Paris, took second and third place in the competition respectively.
As 2019’s winner, Selia will fly to New York for a unique experience at NoMad, one of the top 3 World’s 50 Best Bars.
Selia said: “Winning the title of Best Italicus Bar Artist 2019 with The Art of Italicus, my first cocktail competition, is such an honour. In creating this aperitivo, I was inspired by my experience as a professional flamenco dancer and its beauty and simplicity.
“The path to success in dance is to connect your mind, body and soul – which is where the title The Three of Us came from. I used this to put together a simple yet beautiful drink, just like the art of Flamenco.”
Founder of Italicus Giuseppe Gallo added: “I’m very proud of all our finalists, and we have seen some exceptional art expressions this year connecting with the essence of the Aperitivo and Italicus.
“Selia’s drink and inspiration captured the art and soul of Italicus in the most delectable and creative way, reflecting her own soul and personality and truly championed the aperitivo-style cocktail with a simple and yet modern twist.”
Three Of Us
45ml Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto
15ml Coffee-infused sake
25ml Oloroso wine
Top with rosemary and grapefruit tonic and garnish with a basil leaf.