MIXLDN 7 finalists arrive in London
Thirty-one bartenders from across the globe have gathered in London for the final of the Beefeater MIXLDN 7 cocktail competition.
Following a series of national heats, the global final of the Beefeater MIXLDN will take place in The Bike Shed in London tomorrow (8 February).
Over four days of competition, the top 31 bartenders from around the world will compete for their chance to appear in the grand final.
In the final, the top eight bartenders will compete to be crowned champion and for the chance to create a limited-edition run of their own gin with Beefeater’s master distiller, Desmond Payne.
Payne said: “This year’s competition has already been the toughest yet, with bartenders from all four corners of the globe creating unique and innovative cocktails.
“We are experiencing a renaissance in cocktail culture, with the profession of bartending seen in a new light. Through competitions like MIXLDN 7 we are helping to put local ‘mixologists’ on the global stage.”
The final will see the top eight bartenders challenged to create a cocktail inspired by their home city’s urban diversity, considering balance of flavours, appearance and originality.
Joining Payne on the judging panel for the competition is Difford’s Guide editor Simon Difford, Dandelyan founder Ryan Chetiyawardana and Dukes Hotel’s Alessandro Palazzi.
Payne said: “As I celebrate my 50th year in the industry and see the popularity of gin continuing to soar, I can’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate than to showcase the diversity and potential of Beefeater through the eyes of some of the world’s most talented bartenders.”
The MIXLDN 7 finalists are:
Canada – Jason Griffin, Bacchanal
Iceland – Jónmundur Borsteinsson, Apotek Restaurant
Croatia – Marino Karinja, Bokamorra
Finland – Clément Cariou, A21 Decades
Slovakia – Miroslav Telehanič, Sky Bar & Restaurant
Serbia & Montenegro – Stefan Ćirković, Balkon
Belgium – Julian Kappert, Mercado Antwerp
Bulgaria – Margarita Dimova, Sputnik
China – Ziyu Zhang, The Peninsula, Beijing
Denmark – Marianna Kozanyiova, Curfew Cocktail Bar
Estonia – Mikk Kelder, Butterfly Lounge
Lithuania – Gabrielė Sasnauskaitė, Alchemikas
Mexico City – Luis Fernando Romero Lopez, Bootlegger
Norway – Maxime Verrier, ISM Oslo
Poland – Patryk Kowalski, Woda Ognista
UK – Alexander Walker. The Beaufort Bar, Savoy
Austria – Manuela Lerchbaumer, Easy Bar in Linz
Brasil – Luciano Guimarães, Pina Cocktails & Co (Speakeasy bar)
New Zealand – Charles Stringer David Gillet, Poplar Social
Cyprus – Pavlos Aslanidis, Columbia Beach
Czech Republic – Hana Graclikova, Bar Super Panda Circus
Greece – Ioannis Alexandros Dontas, Bartesera
USA – Jason Seele
Cuba – Arturo Castro de la Uz, Restaurant
Italy – Corey Squarzoni, Speakeasy Liquid Bar
Japan – Satoshi Sugiura
Peru – Jose Anibal Huayllani, Maido
Argentina – Ariel Figueroa
Hong Kong – Maxim Schulte
Sweden – Simon Epale, Pharmarium
South Africa – Keanu Batista