World Class

Global bartending competition World Class is returning to GB, introducing new people, partnerships and competitor challenges. As well as a revised approach that adapts to a new competition environment, the internationally recognised contest also announces a series of activations at this year’s London Cocktail Week. First three competitors reach CB top 15 Taking a brief …

Jameson Grow Your Own Cocktail web series

Jameson Irish Whiskey has developed a Grow Your Own Cocktail web series, alongside a new competition, to promote local sourcing, collaboration and discovery among bartenders and producers around the world. Last year, the Jameson team brought bartenders, local farmers and producers together in communities across the globe to encourage mixologists to create locally inspired cocktails. …

Funkin Innovation Champion 2019

Funkin has named Alexandra Ulijaszek-Scott of Aqua Shard, London the winner of the 2019 Funkin Innovation Champion cocktail competition. Following a closely fought final, Alexandra landed herself a one-year, part-time contract with Funkin Cocktails, worth up to £5,000, a trip to Bar Convent Berlin and £1,000 in cash. To enter this year’s competition, bartenders across …

IWSC 2019

The IWSC (International Wine & Spirit Competition) has released its annual results, detailing the key spirits trends to watch over for the next year. Following a judging of almost 3000 entries, the IWSC announced the 2019 spirits winners at the 12th Annual Spirits Tasting, hosted in London. The results show that, while historically popular spirits …

Funkin Cocktails has announced that it is extending the deadline for the Funkin Innovation Champion 2019 competition. Bartenders now have until 16 August to get their entries in to stand the chance of winning £1,000 cash, a one year, part-time contract with the fruit purée and cocktail mixer brand, and an all-expenses paid, immersive trip …

No 3 Gin Unlock Taste

No 3 Gin has announced the finalists of its annual cocktail tournament Unlock Taste, following a series of competitive regional heats across the UK. The latest round of this year’s challenge saw 12 UK bartenders in each region battle it out to create a modern twist on the iconic 20th Century Cocktail using No 3 …

Talisker Wild Spirit

Diageo Reserve’s scotch whisky brand Talisker has launched a new bartender training programme and competition, which will see the brand embark on a UK-wide tour. The Wild Spirit Whisky Tour is said to be a progressive evolution of the brand’s Race to Skye competition, which launched in 2017. It will visit a total of 16 …

Bobby Fitzpatrick Rum Off

1970s-inspired West Hampstead bar Bobby Fitzpatrick is bringing back its Rum Off competition for 2019. Following on from its successful launch last year, the competitive and interactive cocktail-making series is inviting sixteen rum brands to compete in the “ultimate rum battle”. Kicking off in May and running until November, the competition presents a number of …

Art of Italicius 2018 global finalists

Premium Italian low-ABV spirit brand Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto is bringing back its Art of Italicus Aperitivo Challenge for a second year. Italicus is expanding its reach, inviting bartenders across 13 countries to participate in the international competition create an original aperitivo-style cocktail recipe inspired by any form of art. The recipe must use a …

Oxley gin on trade competition

Bacardí-owned premium gin brand Oxley is launching an inaugural on-trade competition centred around the classic Gimlet cocktail. Accounts across Edinburgh, Manchester and London are being challenged to invent their unique twist on the Gimlet serve, a drink traditionally made with only two ingredients – lime cordial and gin. Oxley will tour the three cities from …