September 11, 2018 cocktail bar No Comments

Global cocktail successes, once again

I wrote a couple of months back about Edinburgh’s continued cocktail brilliance, with three finalists from our bars making it to the Four Pillars Australian Open Gin UK final.

Our heroes didn’t manage to capture that prize, but there is still continued good news to report.

Firstly, Stef Anderson went from a strong showing at Four Pillars to a glorious victory in the Talisker Race to Skye 2018.

Again, Edinburgh bars had multiple finalists in this event with the legendary Miran Chauhan – who famously has a dog named Talisker – also performing very well.

Stef’s victory in this UK-wide competition sees her recognised as an honorary Talisker Ambassador and work with the brand over the next year. She takes over the crown from another Edinburgh bartender, Andrew Lennie, who won the event in 2017.

Stef’s victory attracted a small mention in the Evening News, pictured. I weep for the state of food and drink journalism in this country.

At a global level, Hoot the Redeemer’s Matthew Cusworth has recently been on a great run of competition form. This culminated in victory in the UK heat of the Gin Mare Mediterranean Inspiration 2018 event.

Matt and his good lady Olivia are the team behind pizza review site Slice or Die which is always worth a read.

The Global Final of the Gin Mare competition took place last week in Ibiza. Matt came an outstanding second overall, just losing out to Summer Chen from Singapore’s Summerlong – which coincidentally is where I’m writing this from.

In further news local both to Edinburgh and the far east, the folks at Bramble – on this occasion co-owner Mike Aikman and ass man Jonny Arthur – have been in Taipei over the past few days, spreading the good word of Scottish drinks with a cultural exchange and bar takeover with Indulge Experimental Bistro.

I flew through Taipei on Wednesday night and narrowly missed out on the opportunity for an unexpected catch-up.

Bramble’s continued work of this type around the world – earlier in the year they did similar events in New York and Denver – is important in spreading the word of Scotland’s drinks industry and drawing further visitors to our shores, as well as further building the amazing network of hospitality professionals that exists across the globe.

Bramble attracted the attention of nine local TV news crews to their Taipei event. This is rather better coverage than the embarrassing pish from our local rag.

Big congratulations to Stef and Matt for their recent successes. I’m sure it won’t be long before I’m writing again about further competition wins for Edinburgh’s excellent bartenders.

PS – in late breaking news, Lanark’s finest Nicole Sykes, late of Voyage of Buck and now working in London at the excellent Satan’s Whiskers, won the UK Patron Perfectionist final yesterday. She advances to the global final where she’ll aim to follow her old boss, Mike McGinty, in winning the global crown.

Written by BKR