MIXLDN 7 global finalists announced

04 January, 2018

Thirty one countries will be represented at Beefeater’s international gin cocktail competition, MIXLDN 7, held in London this February.

The winner of the global final, taking place 5-8 February 2018, will be given the opportunity to create a new gin under the Beefeater name alongside master distiller Desmond Payne, who was recently awarded an MBE for his services to the industry.

Beefeater recently launched a trends report, headed by Payne called; ‘Cocktails: The New Golden Era’, which looks into the current renaissance in cocktail culture, and the increasing importance of creativity in the bartending scene.

Payne said: “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.

“As I celebrate my 50th year in the industry and see the popularity of gin continuing to soar.

“It makes complete sense that Beefeater organises such a great event, being the world most awarded gin and distilled at the heart of London, a city renowned for creativity and innovation.”

Each finalist has been given the challenge to create a cocktail inspired by their home city’s urban diversity, considering balance of flavours, appearance and originality. The winner will be announced live on 8 February.

The four-day final will be adjudicated by a judging panel comprised of Difford’s Guide founder Simon Difford, Ryan Chetiyawardana of Dandelyan, Alessandro Palazzi of Dukes and Desmond Payne himself.

MIXLDN 7 finalists:

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

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