The Science of Staritsky & Levitsky Cocktail Competition Launches

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Staritsky & Levitsky premium vodka and award-winning UK importer Emporia Brands are proud to launch the Science of Staritsky & Levitsky as part of their ongoing campaign of H20 Cocktails, launched in 2016.

Launching in partnership with the UKBG (United Kingdom Bartenders Guild), Brand Manager Matthew Dakers is asking for budding bartenders from across the UK to create a unique serve, with a recipe that contains the elements of solid, liquid and gas. Entries are open now and will continue to be accepted until 12th May. The judging panel will select competitors from the submitted entries and invite them down to the final in London on May 22nd 2017.

To qualify, the venue must stock Staritsky & Levitsky vodka, and the recipe to use a minimum of 25ml Staritsky & Levitsky Reserve vodka as the base ingredient. The winning bartender will win themselves a Rotovap for use within their venue.

Inspiration behind their recipe is also needed. Staritsky & Levitsky was founded by a group of vodka enthusiasts, passionate about reviving the heritage and traditions of authentic, small batch vodka distillation in the historic birthplace of the vodka production, so vital to the Science of Staritsky & Levitsky campaign.

For full rules and how to enter, please see the below or speak to either Matthew Dakers (matthew@emporiabrands.com) or a local Emporia Brands representative found at http://www.emporiabrands.com/contact

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RULES:

THE COMPETITION IS OPEN TO ALL BARTENDERS, MEMBERS AND NON MEMBERS OF THE UKBG

Please send you recipes to vicepresident@ukbartendersguild.co.uk

  • Ingredients can be measured using a measuring cup/jigger or free poured.
  • Staritsky & Levitsky Reserve will be provided for the final.
  • All other ingredients to be supplied by competitor.
  • Competitors are expected to use their own bar utensils, and glassware to prepare the cocktails.
  • Garnishes will consist only of edible fruit or vegetable.
  • Each competitor shall be limited to six (6) minutes in mixing.

 

COCKTAIL RULES

  • Each competitor must submit a recipe containing a minimum of 25ml of Staritsky & Levitsky Reserve
  • The recipe shall be an original creation.
  • Each competitor must submit a 50-100 words explaining their drink and what inspired their creation

 

 

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De Kuyper Shows Off Its Mystery Box

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Last week saw myself invited down to judge once again a cocktail competition with a difference. Hosted within 1812 Lounge Bar in Bournemouth, De Kuyper were supporting the UKBG and their Mystery Box competition semi-final, which saw 20 bartenders from across the south coast of England battle it out, yet having no idea what their recipe would be.

Essentially, each bartender drew a number upon their arrival, with the number corresponding with an unopened hamper, filled during the day with 6 ingredients. Only being able to use 4 of the 6, as well as any of the De Kuyper expressions, including Lemongrass and Lapsang Souchong, and a further sponsored spirit from a range such as Conker gin, Evan Williams bourbon and Remy Martin cognac.

With 10 minutes time-limit, the hamper opens and each bartender has to come up with a winning recipe using their knowledge, skill and presentation skills to impress the judges (myself, James Fowler, 2014 UK winner of World Class, and Paul Curry, brand manager of De Kuyper). Not always easy ingredients though, as some found out that they may need to use rather irregular brands such as tomato ketchup, mayonnaise or mustard alongside their chosen two base spirits!

It’s odd to say that I have tried a mayonnaise foam upon a cocktail.

10 bartenders would go through to the final, set to be next week in Bournemouth. Here’s a sneak peek at the lineup –

Niall Percival competing for Remy Martin 1738
Tommo Quy competing for Jinzu Gin
Cameron Moncaster competing for Conker Dorset Dry Gin
Andy Hardwick competing for Evan Williams extra aged
Gemma Terry competing for Evan Williams extra aged
Dave Hall competing for Flor de Cana 4yo
Luke Sheppard competing for 3 Barrels Brandy
Joe Prout competing for Tarquin Gin
Johnny Brissenden competing for Casamigo Tequila Blanco
Sarah Owens competing for Cinzano 1757

Now, the above have impressed so far with some innovative drinks, but they have to sweep that away and work alongside their given brand (drawn randomly) to be in with a chance of the star prize, whilst also incorporating De Kuyper in their serve and brushing up on their knowledge of the Schiedam brand.

I’ll let you know how it goes, I’m on the judging panel!

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De Kuyper And UKBG Get Things Shaking In The North West

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The North West is set to discover the brightest in bartending talent later this month, as the northern heat of UKBG National Cocktail competition heads to the Cheshire town of Warrington. The event will be sponsored by De Kuyper, the world’s largest producer of cocktail liqueurs.

The cocktail competition, which will take place in Tom’s at 101, Stockton Heath on 23rd June, will give the region’s bartenders a chance to show off their skills and have their recipe tasted by an esteemed panel of Drinks Industry professionals.

Mixologists will battle it out to be crowned the best in their region, as well as the chance to represent the UK in the IBA World Cocktail Championship in 2016. Watching over each entrant will be the crème de la crème of cocktail experts, judging their bespoke creations whilst keeping their eyes peeled in the hope of discovering the next big thing in bartending.

Contenders will be challenged to make a twist on a Crusta, featuring a minimum of 20ml from The De Kuyper liqueur range. Each drink must be presented and served to four people within seven minutes, and will be judged on appearance, aroma and taste.

De Kuyper is the world’s largest producer of cocktail liqueurs, and is widely regarded as the go-to liqueur brand for professional bartenders, currently with some 20 flavours available in the UK; a selection stocked by Booker Wholesale, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s & Asda. The family-run business is based in Schiedam, Netherlands, and has succeeded in making a global name for itself as a leading distiller of liqueurs and advocaat for more than three centuries.

The UKBG Cocktail Competition Northern Heat will take place from 11am at the Tom’s at 101, Stockton Heath, Warrington. Entrants must be members of the UKBG to compete, with annual membership available from £35. For more info on how to register, please visit http://www.ukbartendersguild.co.uk

UKBG Cocktail Competition Seeks Fresh New Talent In London

London, home to some of the best bartenders in the world, is set to discover some bright new talent as the second heat of the UKBG National Cocktail Competition, sponsored by Wood’s 100 Old Navy Rum, heads to the Cocktail Capital.

The event, which will take place at the Red Bar, Grosvenor House, Park Lane on 24th June, will give the city’s bartenders a chance to show off their skills and have their recipe tasted by industry professionals in this iconic city.

Mixologists will battle it out to be crowned the best in their region whilst the crème de la crème of cocktail experts will judge their bespoke creations, and maybe even discover the next big thing. The winner will go through to the Final on 20th October for their chance to win and if successful; then to represent the UK in the 2015 IBA World Cocktail Championship in Bulgaria.

Contenders will be challenged to enter a recipe of a long drink, featuring a minimum of 35ml of Wood’s 100 Old Navy Rum and a maximum of five ingredients, that can be presented and served to four people within seven minutes.

Wood’s 100 Old Navy Rum is made from the finest Demerara sugar cane and is distilled in Guyana, South America. Bottled at 57% abv it is one of the highest strengths of dark rum on the market. With its smooth, sweet & mellow flavour, it’s the perfect choice for a cocktail!

The UKBG Cocktail Competition London heat will take place from 11am at the Red Bar, Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. Entrants must be members of the UKBG to compete, with annual membership available from £35. For more info on how to register, please visit http://www.ukbartendersguild.co.uk