AND SOON TO BE SERVED IN THE BIG APPLE
Following an international search to find some of the world’s most talented mixologists, one bartender from the United Kingdom and the United States have respectively been crowned the winners of an international cocktail competition curated by Caorunn Gin, the 10-year-switch.
Named as the official U.K winner in New York City at coveted bar, Clover Club was Elysa Mcguire from Leeds – a talented bartender from Below Stairs known for her range of unique and classic cocktails.
Her winning creation, Along the River Spey, was inspired by the unique blend of botanicals in Caorunn Gin and bridged the gap between a martini and whisky classic to create a show stopping gin cocktail hailed by the judges as “bold, innovative and well-balanced.”
Elysa said she was “incredibly humbled and excited” about the win which will see her switch countries to work in one of the coolest bars in the U.S to experience American culture at its finest. She will also receive the honour of seeing her cocktail named as Caorunn’s signature serve in bars across the U.K.
“I’m incredibly excited about being named the UK winner! It’s been quite a journey to NYC with a lot of preparation and practice of both my presentation and cocktail. I can’t wait for the ‘switch’ to take place – having the chance to bartend halfway across the world is pretty exciting and I’m looking forward to not only meeting the team but also learning about how they do things in another country.”