Vintage to Visionary – The Second Chapter


It’s back and it’s better than ever. The cocktail competition that pays homage to the classics, as well as recognising the need to innovate and create drinks that fire the imagination and excite the taste buds. A prize of £1000 will be awarded to the bartender who ticks those boxes in the eyes of the judges.
The Vintage to Visionary competition is the collaboration of two great brands, Hayman’s Gin and The Bitter Truth range of Bitters and Liqueurs. Both are known for their passion for heritage, innovation and, most importantly, quality.

The competition seeks to find two drinks. The first drink should be inspired by the classic styles of drink and should use one gin from the Hayman’s range of five gins and any of the Bitter Truth range of ten Bitters and six Liqueurs.
The second drink is a perfect opportunity to showcase your talent and vision for innovative drinks making. Again, using the range from The Bitter Truth range of Bitters and Liqueurs and Hayman’s gins, the drink should bring forth exciting flavours, ingredients and methods to delight and surprise the judges. You will need to use a different SKU from the one used in your classic-style drink.
Based on last year’s competition, we expect competition to be fierce and with only four regional heats only a few will be successful.

Please send in your two drink recipes to by Friday 27th June 2014. Once the regional shortlist has been decided, they will compete against each other and will be judged on the following criteria:

• Name of the cocktail – 10 points
• Appearance of the cocktail – 15 points
• Taste of the cocktail – 30 points
• The aroma of the cocktail – 10 points
• The technical ability of the bartender – 10 points
• The promotion of the drink in the bar – 10 points
• Product knowledge – 15 points

The top two entrants from each heat will go onto compete in the final which will be held in London on Wednesday 20th August 2014. The recipes submitted in the regional should not change. However, the finalists will be expected to theme their presentation with appropriate dress and style.

Extra marks will be award for:

• Creativity – 10 points
• Style – 10 points
• Theme – 10 points
• Overall presentation – 20 points

Heats are booked for the 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th July 2014 with the final being held in London on Wednesday 20th August 2014. The location of the heats will be decided after entries have been collated and competitors will be contacted in advance.

If you have any questions about the competition, please contact Love Drinks PR Manager, Emma Currin via email:

Entrants can use any of the following in their drinks:

The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters
The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters
The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters
The Bitter Truth Creole Bitters
The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas Bitters
The Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters
The Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters
The Bitter Truth Chocolate Bitters
The Bitter Truth Peach Bitters
The Bitter Truth Tonic Bitters
The Bitter Truth Apricot Liqueur
The Bitter Truth Elderflower Liqueur
The Bitter Truth Violet Liqueur
The Bitter Truth Pimento Dram
The Bitter Truth Golden Falernum
The Bitter Truth Elixier
Hayman’s London Dry Gin
Hayman’s Old Tom Gin
Hayman’s Sloe Gin
Hayman’s 1850 Reservve Gin
Hayman’s Gin Liqueur
Hayman’s Royal Dock

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