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.
1st prize winner
Nick Quattroville – The Blind Pig Social Eating House/Soho, London
2nd prize winner
Susie Wong – Epernay Champagne Bar/Manchester
3rd prize winner
Ali Bell – Plateau/Brighton
Lee Jones – Wax Bar/Leeds
Gareth Franklin – Mister G – La Raza/Cambridge
Tim Ward – Popolo/Newcastle
Niall McGloin – Smokestack/Leeds
Ryan Osnowski – The Hinds Head/Bray
A big thank you to the entire team of Lovedrinks for great support!!!