The Northern Line is becoming swampy, and douchebag deep-V t-shirts are once again appearing on our streets, but the real indication that Summer is almost upon us must surely be the opening of the 2017 Gin Mare comp.
The Gin Mare Mediterranean Inspirations competition is a perennial BarLifeUK favourite, because it always produces lots of weird and wonderful cocktails, and the trip to Ibiza for the global final is an epic mix of beautiful beaches, a sexy villa, and nights full of the responsible enjoyment of alcohol.
As usual, competitors are tasked with creating a Gin Mare cocktail that is inspired by the Mediterranean: a twist on the classic Gin & Tonic: the Mare Nostrum, and a food-inspired recipe that this year revolves around the artichoke.
To help you with the artichoke recipe, Gin Mare and Foodpairing.com have produced a handy flavour wheel, which you can find here.
Regional heats will take place in London, Manchester and Edinburgh, followed by a UK final, also held in London. The ultimate UK winner will travel to Gin Mare’s villa in Ibiza to compete against bartenders from Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, USA, China and Scandinavia.
Mediterranean Inspirations is much more than a cocktail competition, it’s our unique way of sharing our values, of connecting new people and improve your skills spending quality time with the most relevant gastronomic geeks in different areas.It’s all about getting inspired by your recipes with Gin Mare, the unique & authentic Mediterranean Gin.
All the global finalists will be invited to our hidden Villa in Ibiza where you have the chance to meet great colleagues from around the globe. This year we’re moving from the typical scheme of a cash prize in order to offer an outstanding life experience consisting on different workshops & challenges such:
Sous vide challenge creating your dessert
Foodpairing workshop on taste, aromas & texture
Aroma stage by a luxury master perfumer
Slow food experience with a local chef
Stage & dinner at Heart Ibiza by Albert Adriá & Cirque du Soleil
Salt in cocktails challenge at Mallorca’s saltyards
Each workshop or stage will have a related prize within the experience.
The overall winner will have a very special reward, a gastronomic course at the renowed Le Cordon Bleu hospitality school.
You can read about previous Gin Mare Mediterranean Inspirations competitions here and here. And these rules should be taken into consideration when you create your entry:
Each recipe must contain a minimum of 40ml of Gin Mare, which should be the foundation of each drink
The Mare Nostrum Cocktail recipe must include at least two alcoholic ingredients, but no more than four.
The maximum number of alcoholic and non-alcoholic ingredients in the Mare Nostrum Cocktail is limited to six, including syrups, fruit juices, dashes of bitters, etc.
Carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks are allowed.