Adam Day of Wilderness in Manchester and Scott Addison of Beast in London have been named winners of Southern Comfort’s Southern Showdown 2019 competition.
The two triumphant UK bartenders will enjoy a VIP trip to New Orleans, birthplace of Southern Comfort, for Tales of the Cocktail festival in July.
The grand final of the Southern Showdown, held on board the Dixie Queen riverboat on the Thames, saw Adam, Scott and two other finalists prepare and serve their cocktails for the judges and around 300 invited industry guests.
Each bartender had their own satellite bar on the boat, giving them the space to demonstrate their skill, flair and product knowledge.
Adam was named Showdown Winner by the on-board judges. His winning cocktail, Lagniappe (pronounced Lan-yap), a rosé twist on a classic kir, combined Southern Comfort Original with stone fruit flavours, including blackberry.
Scott, voted the People’s Champion, wowed guests on board with Black Banana, a fresh take on the banana daiquiri, made with Southern Comfort Black and a smoky, grilled banana syrup.
Adam said: “Every drink was delicious and it must have been extremely difficult for the judges to choose a winner. I think my drink won because it was a different interpretation, not what you expect from a Southern Comfort cocktail.
“I called it Lagniappe, which is Creole slang for ‘baker’s dozen’ or a little something extra. The beauty of batching a drink is that you’re giving guests the luxury of time, they’re not waiting at the bar, they can get a tasty drink straight away and spend that time with friends.”
Toni Law, Southern Comfort brand manager with Hi-Spirits, added: “This year’s Southern Showdown was the most challenging yet. There were mystery judges on board the Dixie Queen, so none of the finalists knew when they were being marked as they made and served their signature cocktails.
“The satellite bars added an additional element not seen in other competitions, with 300 guests eager to try each of the cocktails queuing up to be served.
“All four finalists did a fantastic job and should be very proud. The new serves created for the competition demonstrate the versatility of the Southern Comfort range in cocktails that capture the true spirit of New Orleans.”
Pictured: People’s Champion Scott Addison, Southern Showdown 2019 winner Adam Day and Global Southern Showdown 2018 Winner Lee Jones