Reyka Expedition Cocktail Competition
Photography by Reyka Vodka
When it comes to the pursuit of adventure in the great outdoors, the Icelanders take some beating so it's fitting that a Reyka Icelandic Vodka cocktail competition involves recipes inspired by nature and involves adventurous activities. UK bartenders have a chance to win one of five once-in-a-lifetime VIP trips to Iceland.
The Reyka Expedition cocktail competition truly embodies the adventurous lifestyle and inventive spirit of the Icelanders. 24 bartenders from across the UK will be teamed up by region to navigate the wilds of the Lake District, along the way meeting challenges and adventurous activities to culminate in a cocktail competition using ingredients found, foraged and won along their journey.
This most adventurous day will conclude with a huge Viking-style feast cooked over an open fire surrounded by woodland at the Lake Coniston base camp. The winning team will win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Iceland in November 2021.
Here's what some of those who competed in 2019 said:
"The format was fantastic; an amazing concept and set of activities that bonded us as a team. I came away a better bartender."
Tom Wishart – Team Scotland. Reyka Expedition 2019
"An awesome adventure with a diverse range of people. When you're out of your comfort zone it makes you rely on teamwork which makes the experience even more exciting"
Ryan Finch – Team London. Reyka Expedition 2019
"A life-changing experience that I would take part in again in a heartbeat"
Matthew Jones – Team Midlands. Reyka Expedition 2019
The Reyka Expedition will take place on the 6th September 2021 and will be formed of six teams of four from across the UK.
To be in with a chance to win a place on the Reyka Expedition, Fab Latham – The Reyka Vodka Brand Ambassador – has set bartenders the task of creating a Reyka Vodka cocktail inspired by their favourite moment in nature, saying:
"We want bartenders to really let their creativity run wild this year. They can take inspiration from their own experiences such as sitting around a campfire or walking through a forest after it has rained. Alternatively, they could draw inspiration from the myriad of natural processes that exist in nature. Things like the changing of the seasons, ebbing tides, photosynthesis, or the weather... the possibilities are endless."
- Create a cocktail using Reyka Icelandic Vodka inspired by a particular moment in nature.
- Send your name, bar & location, recipe, a photograph of your drink and a short blurb as to the inspiration to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Full T&Cs can be found at Reyka.com
- Entries open 26th July – 11th August
- Shortlist created and bartenders notified 16th August
- The Reyka Expedition 6th & 7th September.
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