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Dear Bartender,

In collaboration with Pernod Ricard we are delighted to announce the 2019 UKBG NATIONAL COCKTAIL COMPETITION inspired by Ian Fleming’s Vesper Martini.

The backdrop of this classic cocktail provides us with an opportunity to rediscover a fantastic drink and to search for the best thirteen “Classic Vesper Martinis” and “New Modern Classics” in the UK. You are required to use at least 40ml of Absolut Elyx Vodka or Plymouth Gin per cocktail, the style of the drink and inspiration is your choice.

This competition is only open to bartenders that reside in the UK – download an entry form to get started.

Successful applicants will be invited to participate in either the Northern Heat which will be held at The Loft in Manchester on 4th of June or the Southern Heat which will be held in London on the 17th of June (Venue TBC). There will also be a Maritime Heat which will be co-ordinate by Claudia Carrozzi (please see details in the entry form). The top 6 competitors from each heat plus one from the Maritime Heat will progress to the Grand Final which will be held in London on the 16th September (Venue TBC).

You are invited to submit your New Modern Classic along-side a Classic Vesper Martini, using full free expression of ingredients and flavours, facing our VIP Judging panel with 2 serves of each cocktail in 10 minutes. The best drinks/bartenders will be awarded based on: appearance, aroma, taste, knowledge, presentation skills, name, story-telling, technical execution and relevance to the competition brief.

Courtesy of Pernod Ricard, Plymouth Gin and Absolut Elyx editions will be provided on the day. You only have to bring your personal ingredients, tools & glassware.

UKBG Grand Final (16th September 2019): the rules will be revealed to our finalists after the Southern Heat on the 17th June.

The Grand Prize will be a one year guest bartending tour of the UK and personal UKBG mentoring lead by Peter Dorelli. The winner will meet our national ambassadors across the country and represent the UKBG at the IBA World Cocktail Competition (Country tbc) in 2020 (further training on international rules will be provided by Salvatore Damiano).

To enter the competition simply complete and return the entry form to Salvatore Damiano at info@ukbartendersguild.co.uk by 26th May 2019 with the subject line: UKBG NCC-19.

“This is an opportunity to join the UKBG, meet the best of our industry and most importantly have a memorable and fun day. You do need to be a current member of the UKBG to enter. Membership is free and you can sign-up or renew your membership here”  Salvatore Damiano  |  President of the United Kingdom Bartenders Guild

Competition sponsored by Pernod Ricard

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As a market leader in the cruise industry, we operate spectacular ships all over the world. We are looking for professional Cocktail Bartenders and Bar Waiters to join our three Queens. If your dream is to travel the world and hospitality & bartending are your passion, join us and you’ll discover that working at sea is more than just a job. It’s a way of life, you’ll visit different places, explore new countries and gain experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime.

To find out more about the available positions and to apply follow this links

Bar tender – https://www.jobtrain.co.uk/carnival/displayjob.aspx?jobid=4130 
Bar Waiter – https://www.jobtrain.co.uk/carnival/displayjob.aspx?jobid=4692

Good luck!

UKBG team

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Dick Bradsell’s Espresso Martini is par excellence – the modern classic cocktail. Since his creation, coffee has become more and more a versatile ingredient in nowadays libations. In honour of his legacy and talent, we are delighted to announce the UKBG Vodka Espresso Competition sponsored by Grey Goose Vodka.

We are searching for the best “London twist on the Espresso Martini” recipes using at least 40ml Grey Goose Vodka (any variant), per cocktail.

This competition is only open to bartenders that reside in the London region – download an entry form to get started.

Create your London twist on the Espresso Martini using a full, free expression of ingredients and flavours. The top 12 entries will be invited to present their creation to our judges on the 5th December 2018 at the Cocktail Trading Company, 53 Bethnal Green Road. Here they will be asked to prepare 4 serves of their recipe in 10 minutes. Remember that you and your cocktail will be marked on the following criteria: appearance, aroma, taste, knowledge, presentation skills, name, story-telling, technical execution and relevance to the competition brief.

With courtesy of Bacardi Martini, the full Grey Goose Vodka range will be provided on the day. You only need to bring your personal ingredients, tools, glassware and what you believe is the best expression of this classic coffee cocktail.

The winner will receive a £400 luxury voucher to be redeemed in the prestigious Savoy Hotel Restaurant.
In order to participate, download an entry form, add your recipe and return the completed form to info@ukbartendersguild.co.uk by the 27th November 2018 with the subject line: Grey Goose Espresso Martini 2018.

Warm drinks will be served alongside canapés and a cheerful Christmas video will be filmed during the event. A great reason to come along and share the festive spirit.

We wish you all the best, with warm regards,

Salvatore Damiano
President of the United Kingdom Bartenders Guild

“This is an opportunity to join the UKBG, meet the best of our industry and most importantly have a memorable and fun day. You do need to be a current member of the UKBG to enter. Membership is free and you can sign-up or renew your membership here”  Salvatore Damiano  |  President of the United Kingdom Bartenders Guild

Competition sponsored by Grey Goose Vodka

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This competition is now closed. We would like to again thank all participants for their entry and support together with Mr Fogg’s for their hospitality and Woodford Reserve, the competition sponsor as we congratulate Elysa McGuire from Below Stairs in Leeds who took 1st place on the day. Head over to Difford’s Guide to read the full competition recap.

This competition is now closed. Head over to Difford’s Guide to read the full competition recap.

Dear Bartender,

Today more than ever, the knowledge of classic cocktails is both vital and fundamental for our industry. Since the very beginning of modern bartending, the UKBG wise and romantic custodian has contributed to preserve and pass from generations to generations such immense wealth.

We respect tradition and embrace innovation at the same time, perfecting the noble art of cocktail mixing and so in collaboration with Woodford Reserve Whiskey, we are delighted to announce the 2018 UKBG National Cocktail Competition (NCC’18) on November 1st 2018, with a big focus on North American Classic Cocktails (venue TBC).

To rediscover such a great category we are searching the UK to find the top 20 “Twist on an Old Fashioned” recipes using at least 40ml Woodford Reserve Whiskey Bourbon, Rye or Double Oak per cocktail.

Download an entry form to get started. This competition is now closed. Head over to Difford’s Guide to read the full competition recap.

Create your Twist on the Classic, using a full free expression of ingredients and flavours presenting our judging panel with 2 serves of your Twist on an Old Fashioned in 7 minutes. Competitors and their drink will be judged on the following criteria: appearance, aroma, taste, knowledge, presentation skills, name, story-telling, technical execution and relevance to the competition brief.

With courtesy of Woodford Reserve, the Rye and Double Oak Whiskey editions will be provided on the day. You have only to bring your personal ingredients, tools, glassware and what you believe is the best innovation to perfect the most iconic Whiskey Classic Cocktail.

The 6 competitors with the highest scores from the qualification stage will be invited to participate in the Woodford Reserve North American Classics: The Final.

Each finalist will be asked to demonstrate in ten minutes one of the best North American Bourbon Classic Cocktails (Boulevardier, Old Pal, NY Sour, Manhattan, Julep, Smash) picked at random by our Judges and remake their “Twist on an Old Fashioned” at the same time, telling the origins of the drink.

We highly recommend you research and study prior to the day of competition as your passion and knowledge will be tested.

Glasses, a selection of ingredients, vermouth and bitters will be provided by the UKBG workshop on the day for this stage.

Woodford Reserve - Old Fashioned competition by UKBG 2018 - YouTube

The outright winner will be the person that achieves the highest score across the following criteria: appearance, aroma, taste, balance, temperature, dilution and knowledge surrounding the origins of the classics.

The ultimate prize will be a one year UK guest bartending tour and personal mentoring program with Peter Dorelli, meeting our national ambassadors across the country and representing the UKBG at the 2019 IBA World Cocktail Competition in Cheng Du – China, additional training on international rules will be provided by Salvatore Damiano.

Download an entry form, add your recipe and return the completed form to info@ukbartendersguild.co.uk by the 20th October 2018 with the subject line: Woodford Reserve & UKBG NCC-18. This competition is now closed. Head over to Difford’s Guide to read the full competition recap.

“This is an opportunity to join the UKBG, meet the best of our industry and most importantly have a memorable and fun day. You do need to be a current member of the UKBG to enter. Membership is free and you can sign-up or renew your membership here”  Salvatore Damiano  |  President of the United Kingdom Bartenders Guild

Competition sponsored by Woodford Reserve Whiskey

Join UKBG

 

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14:00 | Tuesday 2nd October | Boutique Bar Show at the Bargehouse OXO Tower, London.
What makes a great Hotel Bar?

An unmissable opportunity to discover the secrets behind hotel bars, a unique category that became a destination on its own, as well as being proudly represented by some of the most awarded venues around the world.

Sponsored by Grey Goose Vodka

  • Secrets of the top Hotel Bars
  • Hosted by Remi Savage from the Artesian
  • 14:00 | Tuesday 2nd October | Boutique Bar Show at the Bargehouse OXO Tower, London.
  • This seminar will be approx 45 minutes long
  • Please register to attend

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The UKBG are excited to be part of this year’s Boutique Bar Show in London on Tuesday, October 2nd. We will be hosting 3 fantastic seminars at the show which is officially part of London Cocktail Week 2018.

London Cocktail Week brings the capitals and indeed the worlds most influential products and taste makers together for a week-long celebration of the cocktail and we are honoured to be part of the line up during this week-long extravaganza. The Boutique Bar Show offers visitors a journey of discovery where they can expect to find interesting new products, inspirational world leading speakers and new business contacts within an intimate show atmosphere.

The UKBG are delighted to announce the following seminars;

  • Boutique Bar Show – London 2018
  • Tuesday 2nd October
  • The Bargehouse OXO Tower, London.
  • Please register to attend

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Dear Bartender, The knowledge of classic cocktails is vital and fundamental for our industry today more then ever. Since the very beginning of modern bartending the UKBG wise and romantic custodian has contributed to preserve and pass from generations to generations such immense wealth.

We respect traditions but we embrace innovations at the same time, perfecting the noble art of cocktails mixing. For these reasons in collaboration with Woodford  Reserve Whiskey we are delighted to announce our UKBG NATIONAL COCKTAIL COMPETITION on November  1st 2018  (venue T.B.C ), with a big focus on North American Classic Cocktails.

To rediscover such great category we are searching for the best UK 20 “Twist on an Old Fashion” recipes entries by using at least 40ml Woodford Reserve Whiskey Bourbon, Rye or Double Oak per cocktail.

All UK bartenders are welcome by download the entry form on   http://www.ukbartendersguild.co.uk/join-ukbg.html.

Create your Twist on the Classic, using a full free expression of ingredients and flavours facing our Judging panel with 2 serves of your Twist on an Old fashion in 7 minutes. The best drink will be awarded in relation with  Appearance, Aroma, Taste, Knowledge, Presentation Skills, Name, Story Telling, Technical Execution, Relevance to the competition brief.

With courtesy of Woodford Reserve, the Rye and Double Oak Whiskey editions will be provided on the day. You have only to bring your personal ingredients, tools, glassware and what you believe is the best innovation to perfect the most iconic Whiskey Classic Cocktail.

The 6 competitors with the highest top scores in this qualifying stage will be eligible for the Woodford Reserve North American Classics: The Final.

Each finalist will be asked  to demonstrate in ten minutes one of the best North American Bourbon Classic Cocktails ( Boulevardier, Old Pal, NY Sour, Manhattan, Mint Julep, Remember the Maine) picked at random by our Judges and remake their twist an on old fashion at the same time, telling the origins of the drink.

We highly recommend to research and study prior to the day of competition as your passionate knowledge will be tested.

Glasses, selection of ingredients, vermouth and bitters will be provided by our UKBG workshop on the day for this stage

The final winner will be selected in relation to the  Appearance, Aroma, Taste, balance, temperature, dilution and knowledge of origins of classics.

 The Ultimate  Price will be a full year of UK Bar guest bartending tour and a personal UKBG mentoring program lead  by Peter Dorelli, meeting our national ambassador across the country and represent the UKBG at the IBA World Cocktail Competition (Country tbc) in 2019 (further full training on international rules will be provided by Salvatore Damiano).

Get starting and send your recipe by  the 13th October 2018 to Salvatore Damiano at  ukbg2018@gmail.com with Woodford Reserve & North American Classics Cocktail /UKBG  Cocktail Competition in the subject line.

Take this  opportunity to take part of our New Reformed UKBG, meet the best of our industry and most important have a memorable day of fun.

Kindest Regards,

Salvatore Damiano

President of the United Kingdom Bartenders Guild

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With the assistance of Italspirits, the UKBG have set about making innovative changes to the first independent trade organisation since 1933. Aiming to bring the Guild back to the forefront of the UK cocktail scene promoting education and innovation with the support of the industry.

On Tuesday the 28th August the UKBG presented their new brand structure and vision to a selected audience at an event held in the Beaufort Bar at The Savoy Hotel in London.

The Guild is waiving all membership fees from June 2018 to May 2019 as an incentive for bartenders to sign-up and start to rebuild the community.

“We believe that industry experts should be at the core of the committee and as a consequence, we have appointed Declan Mcgurk as Vice President, alongside Mia Johansson as London Chairman, and Peter Dorelli as the international ambassador. A team that shares the same enthusiasm, passion and drive to build a better and more relevant organisation”.  Salvatore Damiano | President of the United Kingdom Bartenders Guild.

To re-establish the Guild in the North and Midlands the UKBG has appointed a new national committee with Lyndon Higginson (Manchester), Sam Fish (Leeds), Neil Donachie (Newcastle), Christian Tirel (Nottingham) and Tommy Matthews (Birmingham). The South committee is formed by Timothy Batchelor (Hampshire and New Forest) and Martin Strauss (Somerset), Myles Cunliffe (Brighton), James Fowler (Dorset), Craig Harper (Cornwall), Marc Smalley (Plymouth) and Chelsie Bailey (Bristol and Cardiff). A brand new London committee has been formed under the leadership of Mia Johansson. The Vice Chairman will be JJ Goodman, founder of the London Cocktail Club Group and an active community campaigner. The London ambassador will be Sly Augustin, owner of Trailer of Happiness, aborn & bred Londoner and vocal organiser of many charitable events across the city. The other two key members forming the London committee are Shervene Shahbazkani, brands advocacy manager for Bacardi UK, and Julian DeFeral, Beverage Director for Gorgeous Group.

With the assistance of Italspirits, the UKBG have set about making innovative changes to the first independent trade organisation since 1933. Aiming to bring the Guild back to the forefront of the UK cocktail scene promoting education and innovation with the support of the industry.

Mia Johansson

London Chairman, UKBG

The Guild has re-introduced the Maritime Branch of the UKBG, representing our members at sea and have appointed, as Chairman, Claudia Carrozzi the Fleet Bar Service Developer for Cunard.

Education will be at the core of the new Guild and we are glad to work alongside the WSET to develop bartending courses for the new generation of professionals in the UK. In the upcoming months together with our brand supporters: Woodford Reserve and Grey Goose Vodka, we will host a national competition, the winner of which will represent the UK at the IBA world final in 2019.

The Guild also looks to support the Flair Movement, aiming to create first-class bartenders and set essential standards for a modern-day working Flair Bartender. With this new structure, they aim to promote activities and events across the country whilst providing an educational programme for students and the young generation of professionals.

“There is a need for the industry to form a strong bar community and the UKBG is here to support, whether by arranging social events or supporting United Kingdom Bartenders with such issues as gender inequality. As an independent organisation, we will promote ethical standards, drinking responsibly and of course educate on the fine art of the mixing cocktails!”  Salvatore Damiano | President of the United Kingdom Bartenders Guild.

Read the official press release here.

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United Kingdom Bartenders Guild

Armagnac Trip

1st – 3rd October 2018

I would like to announce we are planning visit to Armagnac to visit several distillery’s and winery in the area with detail tastings and cellar tours with the BNIA
We fly from Gatwick early Monday and arrive in Toulouse where will make out way to heart of Gascony, the trip will include 2-night stay in Condom, lunch and dinner for two days, transport in France and return flight From Toulouse back late at Gatwick on the 3rd October
Cost of the trip is £225 per UKBG Member or £250 per non-member (for membership contact Jim Slavin on our website/Facebook)
A deposit of £100 is required by 16 June to guarantee your place and the above price
TO book your place and more information contact Chris Underwood
At cunder1999@gmail.com

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2017 National finals for the UKBG cocktail competition were held on Monday 11th Sept and the Wringer and Mangle Spitafields, sponsored by Amaro Montenegro.

There were 16 finalist from around the UK, they had competed in their own area to qualify to be in the finals, it was very good to see three young ladies in the finals.

The standards were very high with some amazing creations, these young people really get inventive with their drinks these days the judges were amazed as they are and were bar managers in some prestigious hotels.

The competition was comprised of two sections, the first was for the competitors had to make four of the same cocktail one for each of the judges among which was our last years champion who won gold at the world finals in Tokyo and top student at the IBA school in Singapore plus winner of the coveted Angelo Zola award in Rome, she was of course ms Lucia Montanelli, from the Dorchester hotel.

The second section was for the top six to go head to head making a cocktail out of some mystery ingredients in a box. They had to choose the ingredients they wanted to use, they were given five minutes to create a cocktail from their selection.
This was quite amazing to see the creations which they came up with, they had to show the judges their ability to make one drink on the spot from mystery ingredients

The judges for this section was Luca Cordiglieri, president UKBG,
Lucia Montanelli, last years champion. Rudi Carraro from Montenegro the sponsors for the competition.

The winner will represent the UKBG at the world finals competition which will be held in Tallin, Estonia.
The top three will be whisked of to Bologna for a visit to the Montenegro Amaro distillery and be given the VIP treatment there for a three day visit, all expenses paid.

So to the top three.

First place: went to a young lady, ms Kasia Witkowska, who works at the Aviator bar Hush Mayfair

Second place : went to a young man, Loris Carotenuto, who works at the legendary Bar @ the Dorchester.
They produce some great bartenders they have had four champions represent the UKBG in the past and one gold champion.

Third place : went another young man, this time from another amazing hotel , Roberto Di Paolo. Who works at the One Aldwych hotel, where another of our champions is the bar manager,
Pedro Paulo who represented the UKBG in Cape Town 2015.

We would like to thank the managers and staff from the Wringer and Mangle for all there help and for hosting the event, all the judges, and mostly again our generous sponsors, MONTENEGRO AMARO.

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