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Bombay Sapphire reveals World’s Most Imaginative Bartender 2013

Bombay Sapphire has crowned Italian Matteo Vanzi the World’s Most Imaginative Bartender 2013 at their global final, held in Tuscany, Italy last week.

Bombay Sapphire World's Most Imaginative Bartender 2013
The finalists for the Bombay Sapphire World’s Most Imaginative Bartender 2013

A panel of industry experts awarded top honours to professional bartender Vanzi, who competed against 10 finalists to create a cocktail inspired by Tuscany, home of the juniper berries used in the brand’s gin.

His winning cocktail, The Pastorini (Perfect Lady), was a twist on the classic white lady, using a recipe of Bombay Sapphire gin, a homemade shrub of a jasmine green tea and a pink grapefruit peel infusion, with a juniper berry meringue.

“It is a very romantic region that combines the passion of Italian people, like the Pastorini’s, with history and style; the essence of these things helped me to create my winning cocktail,” Vanzi said. “It is truly an honour to be named the 2013 Bombay Sapphire World’s Most Imaginative Bartender.”

In addition to the prestigious accolade and competition’s coveted trophy, Matteo Vanzi will become the latest addition to the Bombay Sapphire Cocktail Hall of Fame, and has been invited to judge at next year’s competition. Furthermore, he will work with Virgin Atlantic to create their new signature cocktail, which will feature as part of the airline’s Clubhouse2 menu.

Raj Nagra, Bombay Sapphire’s Global Brand Ambassador, added: “By working with the most creative talent from behind the bar, the competition not only challenges these bartenders, but it also aims to support them on their journey to becoming the most imaginative bartenders in the world.”

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