Finlandia Vodka Cup UK Final Imminent

BarLifeUK has a weakness for Nordic girls in fur hats (faux fur, obviously), and so we have been watching the Finlandia Vodka Cup unfold with interest

Edinburgh winner Andrew Kearns

The final of this, the longest-running vodka competition, takes place in Lapland early next year, and a visit to (click on the competition Info tab) will show you, via the medium of video, why we opened this piece with the Nordic girl reference.

Regional heats have been taking place all over the country, and the UK final, of which BarLifeUK is lucky enough to be a judge, takes place in London at the River Room at 7pm on November 22nd.

If you would like to attend the UK final as a spectator, please email:

The overall winner will be jetting out to the land of Northern Lights and Santa to compete in a very chilly global final.

Full results of the UK final will be posted here shortly after the event, and below is a full list of the regional winners and their drinks.

Regional Winners

Edinburgh Heat – held at Treacle


Andrew Kearns from The West Room (Edinburgh)

Cocktail Name: ‘Ruby Dawn’

  • 25ml Finlandia Grapefruit
  • 20ml Aperol
  • 15ml Yellow Chartreuse
  • 15ml Lemon juice
  • Large dash of egg white

Runner Up

Chris Strong from Love & Death Inc. (Belfast)

Cocktail Name: ‘Lady Valhalla’

  • 50ml Finlandia Grapefruit
  • 20ml Lemon juice
  • 25ml Grapefruit juice
  • 25ml Maraschino & Pastis syrup
  • Egg white

Runner Up

Ben McFarlane from Hamiltons (Edinburgh)

Cocktail Name:  ‘Grand Design’

  • 40ml Finlandia Grapefruit
  • 10ml Green Chartreuse
  • 30ml Pineapple juice
  • 12.5ml Lemon juice
  • 1 Barspoon caster sugar

Leeds Heat – held at Oracle


Leeds winner Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans from Brass Monkey (Nottingham)

Cocktail Name: ‘Purity Cocktail’

  • 30ml Finlandia Classic
  • 25ml Ice wine
  • 7.5ml Pear schnapps
  • 25ml Grape & pear juice

Runner Up

Lucy Parker from The Restaurant Bar & Grill (Leeds)

Cocktail Name: ‘The Kimi Räikkönen Martini’

  • 37.5ml Finlandia Grapefruit
  • 3 Barspoons Lillet Blanc
  • 2.5 Barspoons hibiscus juice
  • 3 Barspoons lemon sherbert & lavender gomme
  • 2 Dashes orange bitters

Runner Up

Christian Tirel from Coco Tang (Nottingham)

Cocktail Name: ‘Finnish’d With Thyme To Spare’

  • 30ml Finlandia Cranberry
  • 10ml St Germaine
  • 10ml Cacao Blanc
  • 10ml Lemon juice
  • 3 drops Tabasco
  • Garnished with crushed ice & thyme

Liverpool Heat- held at Palm Sugar


Liverpool winner Nick Thomas

Nick Thomas from Mojo (Leeds)

Cocktail Name: ‘Mai Mango Deer-Light’

  • 50ml Finlandia mango
  • 50ml Tropical juice
  • 3 Dashes Absinthe
  • 20ml Mango syrup
  • 25ml Lime juice

Bristol Heat- held at Goldbrick House


Bristol winner Mark Scott

Mark Scott from Hyde & CO

Cocktail Name: ‘Kuusi’ (Translation: “6” in Finnish)

  • 35ml Finlandia Classic
  • 10ml Strega
  • 12.5ml Laphroaig
  • 12.5ml Underberg Bitters
  • Peychaud’s infused ice-ball
  • Ground nutmeg

Runner Up

Justyn Bell from Hausbar (Bristol)

Cocktail Name: ‘Can’t Fight The Midnight’

  • 40ml Finlandia Classic
  • 10ml Cherry Heering
  • 5ml Campari
  • 100ml Pumpkin syrup
  • 10ml Lemon juice

Walter Pintos

London Heat- held at Coquine


Walter Pintos- One Aldwych (London)

Cocktail Name- ‘Purity’

  • 45ml Finlandia Grapefruit
  • 25ml Ginger & orange peel-infused elderflower
  • 2 Drops orange & mandarin bitters

Runner Up

James Drummond- 64th & Social (Clapham, London)

Cocktail Name– ‘Peko Minntu’

  • 30ml Finlandia Grapefruit
  • 15ml White Creme De Cacao
  • 10ml Yellow Chartreuse
  • James Drummond

    10ml Lime juice

  • 2 Mint leaves
  • Egg white