Inspired by their Reggae roots Blackwell’s have put together a unique competition with a stunning prize.
I think it is fair to say that you lot have been spoilt recently by some of the prizes up for offer by the UK’s leading drinks companies and it shows no sign of abating anytime soon.
To explain the concept behind this competition you first have to understand a little more about the brand. Blackwell’s Rum is the brainchild of music icon Chris Blackwell , who for the uninitiated is the founder of Island Records one of the biggest Reggae record labels in the world who recorded the likes of Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff, The Maytals, The Wailers and Bob Marley.
You might think the jump from Reggae to Rum is a pretty natural one, especially when you consider the fact that Island Records was founded in Jamaica. There is a bit of history, which makes this move even more understandable, you see Chris’s grandfather once owned J. Wray & Nephew!
So their is your brief history lesson and now on with the competition. I said it was unique earlier and here is the twist.
You are required to make a Blackwell fueled rum punch cocktail inspired by your favourite Jamaican reggae track. Should you be lucky enough to make it through to one of the regional heats (Northern, Southern and London) you’ll be making your rum punch whilst your track plays.
The final will then be held on the main stage at the UK Rum Fest on 14th October and, as if that wasn’t enough, the winner will be heading to Jamaica to present and prepare their cocktail for the legendary Chris Blackwell. The winning cocktail will also be featured at various venue’s across Jamaica to be sipped by beautiful people on the beautiful island.
This has to be one of the most fun sounding comps BarLifeUK has heard of in a long while and we can’t wait to see and hear what you have up your sleeves.
Get your skates on folks as the entries close on 17th September.
1. use a minimum of 50ml Blackwell Rum.
2. no other dark / gold rum to be used
3. drink can, but DOES NOT have to be served as a punch – ie. can be served in martini, highball, rocks, etc. ‘Rum Punch Guidelines’ (1 of sour, 2 of sweet, 3 of strong & 4 of weak) only need to be used as a reference for composition
4. ingredients need to be either easily sourced or made. (NB: consider your ingredients based on the drink being prepared in jamaica and to be used in the hotels. Ask if in doubt)
5. length of your chosen song will be the time limit given to create your drink. No EP’s or extended Dub’s
6. Drink will be judged on taste, balance, appearance, and creativity. Judge’s decisions are final!