I’ve had the very lucky job of tasting a huge amount of Swizzles over the last few years, and have come to wondering what makes a ‘great’ one, rather than a ‘good’ or ‘ok’ one, especially as the 2013 UK Swizzle Competition has just been launched and I’m about to receive a few hundred entries.
After a tricky first season the industry cricket team sponsored by El Dorado Rum known as BarLifeCC is back for revenge.
One of 2012’s most fiercely contested and fun competitions the El Dorado Swizzle Competition is back, with the first prize a trip to Guyana.
There is nothing like the majesty of mother nature to give you pause for thought, and when it comes to mother nature, Kaieteur Falls in Guyana is one of her most impressive children.
Alex Proudfoot from Raoul’s in Oxford has Swizzled himself onto a plane to Guyana with El Dorado Rum.
June saw the 5 heats of the El Dorado Rum Swizzle Competition taking place across the UK, BarLifeUK brings you the news and winning drinks from each heat.
50 bartenders, 5 Nationwide heats, a ton of Swizzles and a trip to Guyana the prize: The El Dorado Swizzle comp is coming!
Swizzles are a type of mixed-drink that pre-dates the ‘cocktail’ and they are generally thought to be a Caribbean style of drink usually made with rum.
The headline of this story is a reference to Dreadlock Holiday by 10CC, not the Windies’ sexual orientation.
Everything from having a damn fancy piece of glassware to a slick routine can win over the judges, but as for the molecular mixology completion I wanted to avoid conventional glassware altogether.
As we placed fire extinguishers strategically next to the BarLife stage in preparation for the El Dorado-sponsored Tiki-Off, the venue health and safety staff started to get nervous.
At this year’s Northern Restaurant & Bar show the BarLife area will be donning loud shirts and silly hats to discover which bar can lei claim to being the best Tiki Bar in the North.
As Messer’s Wallace and Torode would say overly enthusiastically – Cocktail Competitions don’t get more Molecular than this!
Molecular Mixology regional finalists converge on Loungelover for grand final
The London Cocktail Society emerge from the urban mist, seeking new bars and exotic drinks much like Victorian explorers, but without the pith helmets.
Chester Brown, brand ambassador for Mount Gay, was named the world’s best ambassador for the spirit; El Dorado’s Stefanie Holt the best in the UK, but the differences between the two stuck out like cocktail umbrellas in a Old Fashioned.
The latest heat for molecularmixology.co.uk’s / El Dorado UK Molecular Bartender of the Year was held recently in Leeds. After fabulous heats in London and Brighton, the North had a lot to live up to and Mojo’s Rhum Club set the scene.
The MolecularMixology & El Dorado competition saw competitors create two drinks in a twenty minute slot, and much creativity (but sadly no explosions) ensued.
Marvel hosts the London heat of molecularmixology.co.uk’s, UK Molecular Bartender Competition in Association with El Dorado Rum.