Pursuit of Perfection Cocktail Competition

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Held at Berry Bros. & Rudd's headquarters at No.3 St James's Street on Tuesday 26th July 2021, No.3 Gin's Pursuit of Perfection cocktail competition was one of the first in-person competitions to be held post Covid. After a day of intense competition, Thomas Hay Owens, Group Beverage Co-ordinator at True North Brew Co. in Sheffield, won the overall prize.

Thomas has won an all-expenses-paid trip to the No.3 Gin distillery in Schiedam, the Netherlands. He will also have the opportunity to collaborate with the team at No.3 on a limited-edition bottled cocktail, to join Alessandro Palazzi's award-winning Vesper cocktail. A media campaign is planned to support the launch and £1 from the sale of each bottle will be donated to Hospitality Action

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Thomas' winning cocktail recipes:

Poetry In Motion
Glass: Nick & Nora
Garnish: No.3 & gorse flower spritz and dill sprig
Method: STIR all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass.
40 ml No.3 Gin
25 ml Homemade herbal liqueur
15 ml Strawberry & celery oleo
15 ml Vanilla infused verjus
4 dashes Homemade Umami bitter.

The Last Word
Method: Freeze and serve straight from the bottle into a glass of your choosing
35 ml No.3 Gin
12.5 ml Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
10 ml Green Chartreuse
10 ml Muyu Jasmine Verte
10 ml Lactic Acid Solution (1:12)
22.5 ml Yuzu extract infused water
4 drops Pandan Extract
3 drops Saline 25%

Competition Finalists

Max Hayward - Lab 22 - Cardiff
Rémi Satony Bena – Roots, Stratford, London
Manuel Spolaore - The Rivoli Bar, The Ritz Hotel, London
Thomas Hay-Owens - True North Brew Co, Sheffield.
Dylan Ambasna-Jones - The Walcot, Bath
Ross Lawrie – Orchid, Aberdeen
Svajune Janeliunaite – Coupette, London
Lisa MacLeod - The Craftsman - Aberdeen
Ramsey Keir – Goldfinch, London
Carlos Garcia - The Windmill, Soho, London

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Following three years of the No.3 Unlock Taste competition, 2021 the award-winning gin brand took a new direction in 2021 with a new name for its cocktail competition.

The Pursuit of Perfection cocktail competition challenged bartenders in the UK to create a cocktail inspired by something they find perfection in. Entrants could find their inspiration in any topic, such as nature, art, music or food and must translate that idea into their final cocktail concept. Entrants competed for the opportunity to collaborate with the No.3 team on a limited-edition bottled cocktail, with £1 from every sale donated to Hospitality Action.

Round one
Bartenders across the UK were invited to submit their recipes to the competition via an online entry form. The recipes were required to have at least 30ml of No.3 Gin and no more than six ingredients in total, with one ingredient permitted to be homemade. Entries were judged on story, recipe, methodology and presentation.

Round two
40 entrants were selected to progress to the second round. These competitors were asked to create their bottled cocktails in the packaging supplied by the brand and returned to No.3 for judging by a panel including Simon Difford.

The final
The 10 finalists were invited attend the national final at No.3 St James's Street on Tuesday 26th July 2021 and Thomas Hay Owens was pronounced the winner. The judging panel comprised Alessandro Palazzi of Dukes Hotel, Hannah Grace Lodge of BarChick, and No.3's Brand Ambassador Ross Bryant.

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