After claiming five out of 10 top spots at the 50 Best Bar Awards on Thursday night (October 8), London proved itself to be the capital of cocktail culture again on Saturday (October 10) at Bacardi’s 24 Hour Bar Build competition to round off London Cocktail Week 2015.
With just 24 hours to come up with the concept, then build and create the drinks list before opening to the public, team London – made up of captain Richard Woods (Duck & Waffle) and his hand-picked team of Andy Shannon (The London Edition Hotel), Iain Griffiths (Dandelyan), Luca Missaglia (Aqua), Nathan Shearer (Callooh Callay), and Sly Augustin (Trailer Happiness) – beat off stiff competition from New York, Paris and Singapore’s best bartenders with their Patrón Tequila-backed bar. It featured distressed concrete walls, an illuminated London skyline, and cacti, seamlessly tying London’s cocktail culture and the rebirth of tequila together with a nod to Mexico.
The competition was judged by a panel of drinks industry experts on concept, design, service, quality of drinks and social media buzz, but the visiting public were there to vote with their feet (read: tokens). As well as bragging rights, team London has also won tickets to Tales of the Cocktail 2016.
The winning drinks
London – Negroni
Patrón Reposado 20ml
Martini Rosso 20ml
Stir down over ice and garnish with an orange wheel.
Paris (runners-up) – Into the bleu
lemon juice 15ml
raspberry leaf cordial 10ml
Build over ice into a wine glass.
New York – Block party
Grey Goose 45ml
fresh watermelon juice 30ml
simple syrup 20ml
mint leaves 6-8, lightly muddled
Shake and strain into a solo cup with ice.
Singapore – Ringside Breezer
Luxardo Maraschino 10ml
orange juice 90ml
pineapple 2 chunks
stick of lemongrass
pinch of salt
dash of bitters
Shake all the ingredients together and strain into a glass.
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