Monin At London Cocktail Week

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Monin UK is celebrating London Cocktail Week 2015 with a host of events, competitions and master classes.

To showcase its unbeaten range of over 100 flavours, the global syrup brand has partnered with fifty bars across the capital for a range of signature LCW serves, including La Perla, Bird of Smithfield and Shoreditch favourite Barrio East

Monin will be based at Barrio East throughout the week, and will stage its first ever amateur cocktail competition there in partnership with premium tequila Herradura. Visitors to all three Barrio bars across London (Central, North and East) will also have the chance to win an iPad in Monin’s ‘Guess the Flavour’ competition.

UPPL Monin & Plantation Bartenders Challenge Cup – London Heat and Grand Final (Public)

Monday 6 October, from 5pm – London Cocktail Club Shoreditch  

This Underground Punch Pong League was launched in 2013 by JJ Goodman. This summer, the UPPL travelled the UK , pitting pairs of bartenders against each other in a ‘Beer Pong’ style tournament – but instead of beer, players used the London Cocktail Club’s Black Pearl Punch, using Monin Syrups and Plantation Rum. On the opening night of LCW, the London regional heat will be followed by the Grand Final, where all the regional winners will compete for the title of ‘UPPL – Monin & Plantation Bartenders Challenge Cup 2015’ champions.

As well as bragging rights as national Punch Pong champions and an impressive trophy (pictured with last year’s champions Conor Brennan and John O’Reilly from Love & Death, Inc. in Belfast), the overall winners will receive tickets to an NFL game at Wembley Stadium.

Monin Syrups Seminar (Trade)

Thursday 8 October, 2pm – Barrio East, Shoreditch High Street

Join Monin UK Brand Ambassador James Coston for a talk on the global Monin brand. This one-hour session will cover the company’s 100-year history, production process and ingredients and an insight into the latest flavour trends, followed by a demonstration of how to use Monin syrups in a range of classic cocktails.

Monin & Herradura Cocktail Competition (Public)

Thursday 8 October, 6pm – Barrio East

Calling all amateur mixologists – there’s a £250 bar tab up for grabs! Join James Coston from Monin and Nicci Stringfellow from Herradura Tequlia for a masterclass on the two premium brands, complete with hints and tips on how to make top twisted tequila cocktails. Entrants will then have 30 minutes to split into teams and come up with their own cocktail recipe, before presenting it to the judges at the bar. The winning team will receive a £250 bar tab to be spent at any Barrio bar. Entry is £20pp including refreshments.

For more information or to register, visit the London Cocktail Week website.

UPPL Finalists

  • Belfast – APOC, Gareth Shaw & Joe Todd
  • Leeds – The Brotherhood, James Steward & Ben New
  • Newcastle – The Cocktail Project, David Cooke & Hamed Fardoust
  • Liverpool – 81 Ltd, Joe Wild & Jake Murphy
  • Brighton – Lucky Voice, Naomi Mason & Paul De Newtown
  • Manchester – Crazy Pedro’s, Chris Jordan & Chris Powers
  • London – TBC

Monin Trophy Up For Grabs At London Cocktail Week 2014

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Monin UK is celebrating London Cocktail Week 2014 with a host of free events, competitions and master classes – including the UK Final of the prestigious Monin Cup. The syrup brand has also partnered with bars across the capital for a range of special LCW cocktail menus, showcasing its range of over 100 flavours.

UPPL Monin & Plantation Bartenders Challenge Cup Grand Final (Public)
Monday 6 October, 7pm – Arts Theatre London

This Underground Punch Pong League was launched last year by JJ Goodman . This summer, the UPPL travelled the UK , pitting pairs of bartenders against each other in a ‘Beer Pong’ style tournament – but instead of beer, players used the London Cocktail Club’s Black Pearl Punch, using Monin Syrups and Plantation Rum. On the opening night of LCW, the regional winners will compete for the title of ‘UPPL – Monin & Plantation Bartenders Challenge Cup 2014’ champions. In addition to eternal glory and a shiny trophy, the winning duo will receive a complete Punch Pong kit for their bar plus a VIP night out in London for themselves and two other members of their bar team.

Monin Cup UK Final (Trade only)
Tuesday 7 October, 4.30pm – Monin Studio London , Hoxton Square

Monin has gathered some of the best and most exciting young bartending talent from across the UK for the final of this prestigious cocktail competition, compered by Monin UK brand ambassador James Coston. Finalists from 10 regional heats must make one cocktail with the theme “If the UK was a cocktail…” using any flavour of Monin syrup and their choice of spirit. The overall winner will go on to represent the UK at the Monin Cup International Final in Paris on 1 December, competing against mixologists from all over the world.

Monin & Jet Chill – Smoking Cocktails (Trade only)
Friday 10 October, 11am & 1pm – Monin Studio London , Hoxton Square

Jet Chill will showcase the world’s first dry ice drinks system at the Monin Studio with two three-hour master classes. Jet Chill directors Colin Myers and Robert Flunder and Monin UK Brand Ambassador James Coston will create innovative and exciting cocktails that best demonstrate the machine and how it can increase profitability in your bar, club or restaurant.

To attend any of these events, please RSVP to James Coston at jcoston@b-opie.com. For more information on London Cocktail Week and to purchase your wristband, visit http://www.londoncocktailweek.com

The Black Pearl Tour – Docking In A City Near You

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The nation’s bartenders have the chance to show off their swashbuckling mixing skills this summer as The Black Pearl Tour takes to the road with exciting competitions, tutored tastings and training with experts from Monin and Plantation Rum.

The Black Pearl Tour visits 10 locations up and down the UK and features workshops with both Monin and Plantation followed by regional heats of the 2014 UK Monin Cup – all finished off with the Underground Punch Pong League’s (UPPL) Monin & Plantation Bartenders’ Challenge Cup.

The successful individuals and teams will compete for places in the grand finals of both competitions during London Cocktail Week in October.

MONIN CUP

For the Monin Cup regional heats, contestants have eight minutes to make an alcoholic cocktail using at least 20ml of any Monin syrup or puree. The UK final will be held in the new Monin Studio in Shoreditch, with the overall winner representing the UK at the International Monin Cup Final in Paris in December. Entrants must be aged 27 or under – to enter, submit your cocktail recipe here.

UPPL – MONIN & PLANTATION BARTENDERS’ CHALLENGE CUP

The Monin & Plantation Bartenders’ Challenge Cup was founded in 2013 by JJ Goodman from the London Cocktail Club, and supported by Monin brand ambassador James Coston. The competition took the UK bar scene by storm as bartenders competed against each other in ‘beer pong’-style tournaments. This year, the signature UPPL punch is The Black Pearl, which contains Plantation rum and Monin Orgeat and Grenadine syrups and is currently on the menu at the London Cocktail Club.

James Coston, Monin’s UK brand ambassador, said: “The Monin Cup is a keenly-contested international challenge to be the best of the best in which expert judges look for the highest standards of taste, presentation, consistency, creativity and style. Entry to one of the regional heats also gives you and a colleague the chance to take part in the more informal Monin & Plantation Bartenders’ Challenge Cup later that evening. The whole tour is a great opportunity for bartenders across the country to learn about our huge product range, but also to have fun and show how creative they can be.”

To find out more and to sign up for the workshops, Monin Cup and the UPPL Monin & Plantation Bartenders’ Challenge Cup, visit http://www.punchpong.com.

The Black Pearl Tour – Schedule

The dates and locations of the regional heats are as follows – all regional heats start at 1pm.

Cardiff – Monday 9 June – Maddison
Bristol – Tuesday 10 June – Big Chill
Nottingham – Monday 23 June – Boilermaker
Birmingham – Tuesday 24 June – Island Bar
Manchester – Tuesday 8 July – Luck, Lust Liquor & Burn
Liverpool – Wednesday 9 July – Salt Dog Slims
Leeds – Wednesday 16 July – Jake’s Bar & Grill
Glasgow – Tuesday 22 July – Blue Dog
Belfast – Wednesday 23 July – Love & Death
London – Tuesday 29 July – London Cocktail Club – Oxford Circus

Underground Punch Pong League Grand Final Opens LCW 2013

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WHO WILL BE CROWNED UNDERGROUND PUNCH PONG LEAGUE CHAMPIONS?

 

Bartenders from across the UK and Ireland are in training for the ultimate battle, as they prepare for the grand final of the Underground Punch Pong League – Monin Bartenders’ Challenge Cup, on Monday October 7.

The grand final takes place at the ‘London Punch Pong Arena’ – also known at the Arts Theatre London – with an after-party at the Seven Dials Club, on the opening night of London Cocktail Week 2013. Fourteen teams of two mixologists from around the country will fight it out to win a trip to Paris , and organisers want to fill the venue with supporters to cheer them on.

The Covent Garden Cocktail Club will be serving the top three punches all night long, at only £4 per cup of punch with an LCW wrist band.

Founded by JJ Goodman and sponsored by Monin and Plantation Rum, the Punch Pong craze has taken the UK and Irish bar scene by storm over the past six weeks, with bartenders competing against each other in a ‘beer pong’-style tournament, with one difference – the beer is replaced with delicious punch. At each of the 12 regional heats, every team drew a Monin syrup flavour at random which was then used as the foundation for creating their signature recipe.

James Coston, Monin’s UK brand ambassador, said: “Over the past few weeks it’s been great to see bartenders around the country, from Bristol to Edinburgh , really rise to the challenge and take the UPPL into their hearts. There’s been some fierce competition, but there’s no telling who will take the Monin Bartenders’ Challenge Cup at the grand final. With Punch Pong, anything can happen!”

JJ Goodman said: “Our Punch Pong finalists represent the best of the best, but there can only be one winning team. We want as big and raucous a crowd possible to cheer on the finalists so come down to the Arts Theatre on October 7 and support your bartending brethren.”

The Grand Final of the Underground Punch Pong League – Monin Bartenders’ Challenge Cup kicks off at the Arts Theatre London at 5pm on Monday October 7; entry is free of charge.  For more information, click here.

UPPL Finalists

Bristol The Big Chill Colin Macy Nick Jones
Central London LCC James Hopkins Kate Sharpe
West London The Rum Kitchen Thomas Ward Al Mcmurdo
Birmingham Island Bar Mike Beedon Ed Shawcross
Liverpool El Bandito Gwen Prior Tony Ynot Roland
Manchester The Liquor Store Danny Bigg-Wither Andrew Knapper
Leeds Roadhouse Oliver Pluck Ross Millar
Edinburgh  Missoula Scott Belcher Duncan Robb
Belfast Love & Death Inc Patrick Logue Matt Knight
Dublin The Gibson Hotel Cian Connellan Sean Allen
Wild Card – Cardiff Pourfection David Whitford Bret Sullivan-Bissett
Wild Card – West London Portobello Star Adam Mcleen Michael Koechlin
Wild Card – Liverpool ALOHA Ryan Mcmahon

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Wild Card – Manchester Hula Chris Mosey

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