The prestigious biennial cocktail competition offers a platform for the industry’s brightest new stars to develop and show off their skills, with entrants aged 18-27 demonstrating their most innovative signature drinks made with the extensive MONIN product range.
Bartenders from across the country are invited to sign up for their nearest regional heat; the competition will be rolling into London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Bristol during September. The winner and the runner up from each heat will be invited to participate in the UK final which takes place during London Cocktail Week.
The award-winning Soho cocktail bar, 68 and Boston, will host the final and the overall winner will go on to represent the UK at the MONIN Cup Global Final in Paris on December 5, where they will compete against their peers from around the world for the overall title.
For the chance to lift the trophy, entrants are required to create two signature cocktails – one alcoholic and one non-alcoholic. Recipes should include at least 10ml of MONIN product for the alcoholic recipes, and at least 20ml of MONIN product for the non-alcoholic recipes.
The judges will assess each competitor’s mixology skills as well as originality, presentation – including glassware and garnish – flavour and creative use of MONIN’s range of over 100 flavoured syrups, sauces, fruit mixes and liqueurs.
The MONIN Cup has a proud track record of supporting up-and-coming bartenders; previous finalists include Alastair Frasier, Joe Macbeth, Andy Mil, Tom Walker, Robin Honhold, Leon Dalloway, 2012 winner William Humphrey and 2014 winner Joe Wild.
Lee Hyde, MONIN Beverage Innovation Manager, says: “The MONIN Cup is a fantastic opportunity to hone your skills, share ideas and maybe even try out that experimental recipe you’ve been practicing. It’s also a chance to represent your bar, your city and the UK on a global stage. We’re looking for talented young bartenders who can demonstrate innovation and an exceptionally high level of skill, so whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned cocktail competitor, we want to hear from you.”
The entry deadline for the MONIN Cup UK is Friday August 26. For more details on the rules or to enter, visit: http://www.barlifeuk.com/barlifesite/index.php/2016/07/2016-monin-cup-open-for-entries/
Leeds: Monday 5th September
Manchester: Wednesday 7th September
Birmingham: Monday 12th September
Bristol: Wednesday 14th September
London: Monday 19th September