UK bartenders win place in Lillet final

Calum Anderson LilletTwo UK bartenders have won places to compete in the Lillet Twisted Vesper Cocktail Competition in Paris.

The latest heat, held at Bar Américain at Brasserie Zédel in London, was won by Calum Anderson (pictured) from The Kenilworth Hotel, Kenilworth, Warwickshire with his cocktail Rhuby Summers.

In second place was Ruaridh Muir from Raoul’s in Oxford with An Eye for the Birds which included Lillet Blanc and Talisker whisky. Both qualify to compete at the Paris final.

They were challenged to create a twisted Vesper using just three ingredients, reflecting how a Vesper Martini is made with just Lillet Blanc, gin and vodka, plus a garnish.

The competition was linked to Lillet’s National Apéritif Day on May 16 when Calum’s cocktail will be served at Maison Lillet in Bordeaux.

Further heats are being held in Manchester and Edinburgh this month.

The competition was judged by Jake Burger of the Portobello Star in Notting Hill, London, Sam Kershaw of Electric Bar in Notting Hill, Alex Proudfoot of Raoul’s in Oxford and Nicci Stringfellow of Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Lounge in London’s Chinatown.

Rhuby Summers by Calum Anderson

45ml Lillet Rosé
45ml Chase Rhubarb Vodka
15ml G Miclo Raspberry Eau de Vie

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled coupette. Spray of rose and violet hydrosol (flower water) blended together.

The UK’s first National Apéritif Day on May 16, which will also take place in the US, is being run in the UK through Marblehead Brand Development, distributor of Lillet Rosé, Lillet Blanc and Lillet Rouge.

Used in cocktails or served on ice with a slice of orange, Lillet is commonly enjoyed as an apéritif during “l’heure de l’apéro”.

Celebrations can be shared by posting photos and anecdotes on Lillet’s Facebook page at UK.

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