The Bitter Truth and Haymans Gin are proud to anounce the winners of the 2013 UK Cocktail Competition

The Bitter Truth and Haymans Gin are proud to announce the winners of the 2013 UK Cocktail Competition

This year saw the beginning of a series of cocktail competitions where The Bitter Truth teamed up with Hayman`s Gin, the longest serving gin distilling family in England to search for the most skilled and talented bartenders in all parts of Great Britain. Regional competition were held and the top 8 were called to London to battle against each other.

The final took place at The Luggage Room in Mayfair, London september 18th and was judged by James & Lewis from Haymans, Clint from Imbibe Magazine and Alex & Stephan of The Bitter Truth.

In a polite doff our hats to the classic Martini we were looking for competitors to use the The Bitter Truth and Hayman`s Gin in a twist on the classic mix of gin and bitters for their Vintage recipe.

For the Visionary recipe, we were looking for new leaders in the industry to draw inspiration from the progressive way as bar tending Brits consistently push the boundaries of cocktail culture.

The winner of the competition received a cash prize of £1000. The competition was open to UK entrants only.

The Winner:

1st prize winner

Nick Quattroville – The Blind Pig Social Eating House/Soho, London

Strawberry Fields

Hippy Rickey

2nd prize winner

Susie Wong – Epernay Champagne Bar/Manchester

The Truth about Belle

The Nutty Geisha

3rd prize winner

Ali Bell – Plateau/Brighton

The Underground Martini

Hop Sting & Jump

The Finalists:

Lee Jones – Wax Bar/Leeds

Next Generation Cocktail

Give my Love to Rose

Gareth Franklin – Mister G – La Raza/Cambridge

Breakfast in Burma


Tim Ward – Popolo/Newcastle

Hay-Day Riviver

Look at Hyss-Hop Daisy!

Niall McGloin – Smokestack/Leeds

Jerry`s Rising

Anesthetize the Devil

Ryan Osnowski – The Hinds Head/Bray

Hugos Second Flight

Savoury Raspberry

A big thank you to the entire team of Lovedrinks for great support!!!