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The United Kingdom Bartenders Guild National Cocktail Competition 2019 opens for UK bartenders, and this year it takes inspiration from Ian Fleming’s classic Vesper Martini.
In collaboration with Pernod Ricard, the UKBG competition seeks to rediscover the vintage Vesper Martini cocktail. The search is on for the best Classic Vesper Martinis and New Modern Classics - UK bartenders are invited to submit their recipes now.
Bartenders are challenged to showcase their own New Modern Classic and a Classic Vesper Martini for this year’s competition. You’re required to use at least 40ml of Absolut Elyx Vodka or Plymouth Gin per cocktail, but the rest is entirely up to you - it’s your chance to get creative.
Closing date for entries is 26 May 2019, so there’s no time to waste. Find out how to enter your recipe below.
Successful entrants will be invited to attend a regional heat:
Northern Heat - at The Loft in Manchester on 4 June
Southern Heat - in London on 17 June
Competitors will once again showcase their two cocktails in front of the panel of industry judges.
A Maritime Heat will also be organised for Cunard employees, held in July and August. Further details are on the submission form here.
The top six competitors from both heats alongside one additional competitor from the Maritime Heat will be invited to compete at the Grand Final on 16 September 2019.
The champion will receive a unique one-year guest bartending tour of the UK plus the opportunity for personal mentoring from drinks industry legend Peter Dorelli. Not only that, the winner will have the chance to represent the UKBG at the IBA World Cocktail Competition in 2020.
Entrants are required to become a UKBG member and you can join here for free.
Good luck to all competitors!