Words by: Sammy Hemmings
The Vero Bartender returns and challenges bartenders to create an inventive recipe designed for sharing to be crowned the next 'true' bartender.
Following in the footsteps of Stanislao Cobianchi, the founder of Amaro Montenegro who once searched for 'true flavours', bartenders are challenged to experiment with different flavours to create an inventive cocktail. While the drink must be unique, competitors must also take inspiration from the brand's core values of friendship, conviviality and the human spirit to create their recipe.
Could you be The Vero Bartender 2019? Enter your cocktail before 15th July 2019 to win a place in the residency programme and a grand trip to New York.
What's the challenge? Bartenders are required to create a cocktail designed for three people (minimum) and served in an innovative way to promote sharing and community spirit. The garnish must be edible and made from elements of the cocktail's ingredients. Don't forget, Amaro Montenegro must be complemented in the drink as well. Drinks will be judged on their individuality, shareability and how the drink demonstrates human spirit.
A southern and northern heat will then be taking place in September followed by the UK finals on 20th October in London. Six finalists from the UK heats will be invited to the global final in Italy where they will take part in the Amaro Montenegro Residency Programme.
The programme involves seminars with some of the world's best bartenders, a tour of top cocktail bars across three Italian cities and the sampling of cocktails and food during the week-long programme. The trip concludes at the global final on 19th November in Milan where the finalists will compete for first place.
Besides the grand trip for 12 finalists to Italy and participation in the residency programme, the global winner will also receive an exclusive trip to Bar Convent Brooklyn in New York in 2020.
Simply, head over to the website and enter your recipe here by 15th July 2019.
The regional heats will be held in Manchester on Monday 9 September and in London on Wednesday 11 September.
Best of luck to all competitors!