British cocktails take Harry Potter twist

10th August, 2012 by Becky Paskin

Alice in Wonderland, The Matrix and Harry Potter are just some of the inspirations behind a hoard of experimental vodka cocktails created by British bartenders for the 42BELOW Cocktail World Cup.

42BELOW Cocktail World Cup

The 42BELOW Cocktail World Cup UK final will take place on 14 August

Based on the theme ‘Lab Experiments’, the cocktails reflected the ‘twisted, eccentric’ nature of the heats, which took place recently across seven regions in the UK.

The top three finalists from each region have now been put into respective teams to compete in the national final on 14 August, where they’ll be required to produce a signature team drink.

The two best UK teams will go through to the international final in New Zealand on 3-9 September.

The cocktails produced by the British bartenders in the regional heats, featuring unusual ingredients such as cassia bark smoke and buttered toast flavoured milk, are on the following pages.

The bartenders through to the national final next week are:

Ireland
Pat Thomas, Nathan O’Neill & Daniel Mulligan

Scotland
Jamie McDonald, Danil Nevsky & Megan DeMeulenaere

North East
Dan Aeyton, Clare Morrow & Dave West

North West
Max Venning, Dan D’Amelio & Matt Hastings

South and West
Daniel Bovey, Jolene Cadwell & Benji Ryde

London East
Terry Cashman, Alex Clark & Simon Toohey

London West
Mate Csattos, Michael Stringer & Dan Redman-Hubley

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