Nicole Sykes

Nicole Sykes of Satan’s Whisker in London has been named the UK winner of the Bacardí Legacy global cocktail competition. The Scottish bartender took the prize with her Ladder cocktail and will now travel to Miami in May to compete against 40 bartenders at the Global Final. Made from Bacardí Carta Blanca rum, crème de …

De Kuyper

Bartenders from across the south of England are set to compete for a chance to represent the UK at the International Bartenders Association (IBA) world championships in Tokyo. After the first heat was held in the north last month, the UKBG National Cocktail Challenge is seeking bartending brilliance in its southern heat in Dorset on …

Ally Martin Bacardi

Bartenders are being invited to enter the next international Bacardí Legacy competition, with new education elements to help them develop their skills. Now in its seventh year, it is calling for an original cocktail that will stand the test of time in the same way as other Bacardi rum “legacy” cocktails such as the Mojito …

World Class UK Bartender Of The Year 2015 Ali Reynolds

UPDATE: The competition will be live-streamed at www.theworldclassclub.com. Ali Reynolds is expected to compete on Tuesday September 1 at 1pm and Wednesday September 2 at 1.15pm (UK time). A short note to remind you that Diageo Reserve’s World Class Global Final is taking place in South Africa next week (Monday 31st August to Friday 4th …

Mark Main with judges

Mark Main of Mojo bar in Manchester has been named the overall winner in this year’s Coco Lopez & El Dorado Cocktail Challenge. The Glaswegian bartender won £1,000 after impressing judges with his two cocktails, El Coco Bru – a twist on a Piña Colada using Scotland’s Irn-Bru – and Peanut Butter Jelly Time. See …

reyka 24 hour competition

Six bartenders are off to celebrate the summer solstice in Iceland with Reyka vodka after coming top in a 24-hour cocktail competition in which 84 bartenders took part. The winners were Connie Cain from Rynd Bar & Kitchen in Reading and five from London: Dan Collins of NOLA, Harry Gerakis of Loves Company, Fabiano Latham …

Frederick Holt Jagermeister

A cocktail competition to demonstrate the mixability of popular shot liqueur Jägermeister has been won by a bartender from London bar Mahiki. Sponsored by the United Kingdom Bartenders Guild (UKBG), it challenged 12 finalists to create a signature summer serve for the German herbal liqueur. Frederick Holt, aged 20, impressed the judging panel with a …

Disaronno winner and judges

Simone Rossi from Aqua London will be heading to the Tales of the Cocktail festival in New Orleans after winning the UK final of Disaronno Mixing Star. Simone won the competition with his cocktail The Innkeeper which was praised for its beautiful flavour combinations, mixing Disaronno with sherry, bergamot juice and Fernet Branca, and the …

Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind Ali Reynolds 2014

The annual Malt Mastermind competition has been launched for Glenfiddich whisky, challenging bartenders to demonstrate their knowledge and creativity. From today (2 June), bartenders can enter at www.maltmastermind.com through a short quiz and by devising an original recipe using Glenfiddich 12 Year Old, 15 Year Old Solera Vat or 18 Year Old. Last year’s winner, …

Belvedere Challenge

Belvedere Vodka is building on its new partnership with the next James Bond movie with a competition challenging bartenders to create a new twist on a Vodka Martini. The competition is running globally, including the UK, and offers the grand prize of a week’s holiday for two on the luxury island resort GoldenEye in Jamaica …