Bartenders invited to shake it up and show off


Today Diageo Reserve has launched the second wave of its search for the finest UK bartending talent.

World Class phase two, ‘Fruits and Plants’ will be open for entries from today until March 30 2016.

‘Fruits and Plants’ invites bartenders to think of someone who has made a difference to the environment in some way, however small – such as a musician, athlete, artist, poet or a loved one.

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Entrants’ cocktails and stories should be built around this person, whilst true to the theme, deliver fresh, vibrant and light flavours with a strong seasonal sense of spring or summer.

Competitors are challenged to create a single or shared serve using white spirits from Diageo Reserve’s selection, such as Cîroc Vodka, Tanqueray No. TEN, Ketel One Vodka or Don Julio, using a minimum 30ml measure in their cocktail.

When creating their cocktails, bartenders should not use barware or any professional equipment, instead using basic tools that can be found in the home.

Head of World Class UK, Dan Dove commented: “We are incredibly excited to open the second phase of this year’s UK World Class competition. The first phase, ‘Mindful Drinking’, was a huge success and we already have five very strong contenders through to the UK final.

“My advice for entrants is to not be too technical. We’re looking for a human touch at this stage, so bartenders should create a drink and build a story for people who are not bartenders or from the industry. In stripping it back to the basics, competitors have the chance to showcase raw creativity and a true understanding of flavour. It also means we can celebrate the winner’s drink by replicating it in trade and importantly, in the home too.”

To enter, bartenders should visit

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