UKBG – National Cocktail Competition 2019
02 May 2019

UKBG – National Cocktail Competition 2019

Dear Bartender, In collaboration with Pernod Ricard we are delighted to announce the 2019 UKBG

02 May 2019

Dear Bartender,

In collaboration with Pernod Ricard we are delighted to announce the 2019 UKBG NATIONAL COCKTAIL COMPETITION inspired by Ian Fleming’s Vesper Martini.

The backdrop of this classic cocktail provides us with an opportunity to rediscover a fantastic drink and to search for the best thirteen “Classic Vesper Martinis” and “New Modern Classics” in the UK. You are required to use at least 40ml of Absolut Elyx Vodka or Plymouth Gin per cocktail, the style of the drink and inspiration is your choice.

To enter the competition simply complete and return the entry form to Salvatore Damiano at info@ukbartendersguild.co.uk by 26th May 2019 with the subject line: UKBG NCC-19.

You do need to be a member of the UKBG to participate. Membership is free and you can join here.

Successful applicants will be invited to participate in either the Northern Heat which will be held at The Loft in Manchester on 4th of June or the Southern Heat which will be held in London on the 17th of June (Venue TBC). There will also be a Maritime Heat which will be coordinated by Claudia Carrozzi (please see details in the entry form). The top 6 competitors from each heat plus one from the Maritime Heat will progress to the Grand Final which will be held in London on the 16th September (Venue TBC).

You are invited to submit your New Modern Classic alongside a Classic Vesper Martini, using full free expression of ingredients and flavours, facing our VIP Judging panel with 2 serves of each cocktail in 10 minutes. The best drinks/bartenders will be awarded based on appearance, aroma, taste, knowledge, presentation skills, name, story-telling, technical execution and relevance to the competition brief.

Courtesy of Pernod Ricard, Plymouth Gin and Absolut Elyx editions will be provided on the day. You only have to bring your personal ingredients, tools & glassware.

UKBG Grand Final (16th September 2019): the rules will be revealed to our 12 finalists after the Southern Heat.

The Grand Prize will be a one year guest bartending tour of the UK and personal UKBG mentoring lead by Peter Dorelli. The winner will meet our national ambassadors across the country and represent the UKBG at the IBA World Cocktail Competition (Country tbc) in 2020 (further full training on international rules will be provided by Salvatore Damiano).


To enter the competition simply complete and return the entry form to Salvatore Damiano at info@ukbartendersguild.co.uk by 26th May 2019 with the subject line: UKBG NCC-19.

You do need to be a member of the UKBG to participate. Membership is free and you can join here.

“I encourage all enthusiastic and passionate UK based bartenders to take up this opportunity to participate in the competition, meet the best from our industry and most importantly have a memorable day of fun.”

Kindest Regards,

Salvatore Damiano

President of the UK Bartenders Guild

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