Cardrona Distillery announces its first cocktail composition – Drinks International

Bartenders are invited to create a signature cocktail with the Cardrona Distillery product of their choice, highlighting the unique nature of the spirit.

Cardrona’s spirits include Reid Single Malt Vodka, The Source Pure Cardrona Gin, Rose Rabbit Liqueurs (Orange, Elderflower and Butterscotch) and The Cardrona Single Malt Whiskey.

Twelve bartenders from 10 regional finals held across the UK and New Zealand will be selected to compete in the Grand Final in Cardrona, New Zealand in September 2022.

In the first round of the competition, bartenders are invited to apply via an entry form and post a photo of their cocktail on social media, using the hashtag #CardronaComp. The bar the bartender works at must stock Cardrona’s spirits to qualify.

Twelve bartenders per region (24 in London) will then be chosen in the second round to compete in the regional final, before six bartenders from the UK and six from New Zealand are selected to compete for the Cardrona Trophy at the Grand Final in New Zealand in the third round.

The entry form and more information on the qualification criteria can be found here. Contest entry closes March 31, 2022.

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Ben Alcock – National Judge

Accomplished bartender and bar entrepreneur in Bristol. Owner of Her Majesty’s Secret Service and Filthy XIII. Ben has consulted and produced drinks for some of the world’s biggest brands. Over the years of high profile competition, Ben has made appearances in bars all over the world, from London to New York.

Siân Buchan – Judge of Edinburgh

Having worked in hospitality in Scotland since the age of 18, Sian finally opened her own bar in 2020 in Edinburgh city centre. Uno Mas focuses on music and cocktails until 3am, seven days a week.

Dave Marsland – Manchester Judge

Dave, aka ‘Drinks Enthusiast’, has 15 years of bartending, management and ownership experience, both on and off-trade. Not only does Dave have a branding agency, he also owns the Manchester Rum Festival and helps run the Northern Restaurant & Bar show.

Becky Paskin – Brighton judge

Becky Paskin is a freelance beverage journalist, whiskey specialist, presenter and consultant, and former editor of leading online magazine and global trade title The Spirits Business. Becky is an advocate against cultural misconceptions about whiskey and is co-founder of Our Whisky.

Andrea Dionori – London judge

Andrea Dionori brings immense passion and a wealth of experience to the beverage industry, combining a full-time commitment to her role in sales and purchasing at Milroys of Soho with multiple brand ambassador and beverage consultancy projects. .

Will Meredith – London Judge

Will Meredith is head bartender at Lyaness (formerly Dandelyan, ranked number 1 in the World’s Top 50 Bars) and an institution on the global bar scene, famous for its exceptional cocktail creativity and customer experience .

Adrian Whitehouse – Birmingham judge

16 years experience as a bartender, owner of Cottonmouth in Nottingham for four years, judge of the Bumbu Cup, Bulldog Gin Comp and Hi Spirits Classic cocktail competitions in Nottingham and London.