Create a cocktail inspired by the someone who has changed the environment; and the seasons of Spring and Summer.
The first wave of Diageo’s 2016 World Class concluded in December last year, with five bartenders completing the ‘Mindful Drinking’ challenge and proceeding to the UK final.
The second wave, which closes for entries on March 30th, will eventually whittle a field of 50 semi-finalists down to 5, who will also progress to the UK final, the winner of which will then go on to represent the UK in the global stages of the competition.
Wave two, entitled ‘Fruits and Plants’, sets the challenge of creating a cocktail inspired by a person who has changed the environment in some way – this could be a musician, athlete, actor or someone you know personally.
Your cocktail and its story should be built around this inspirational person, while reflecting the seasonal flavours of Spring and Summer.
The base of your recipe needs to come from a white spirit, taken from Diageo Reserve’s World Class selection, such as Cîroc Vodka, Tanqueray No. TEN, Ketel One Vodka or Don Julio. It can be a single or shared serve that uses a minimum of 30ml of the featured spirit per drink.
Another important rule is that in constructing your cocktail, no bar-ware should be used.
Instead, tools and implements found readily about the house should be employed – this is to encourage you to create a recipe that can be easily made and enjoyed by customers at home.
Head of World Class UK, Dan Dove commented: “Fruits and Plants’ is structured in a way that we’re able to identify different talents to those we were strictly looking for in ‘Mindful Drinking’. My advice for entrants is to not be too technical. We’re looking for a human touch at this stage, so bartenders should create a drink and build a story for people who are not bartenders or from the industry. In stripping it back to the basics, competitors have the chance to showcase raw creativity and a true understanding of flavour. It also means we can celebrate the winner’s drink by replicating it in trade and importantly, in the home too.”