The winner of the 2008 UKBG/ Sputnik National Cocktail Competition was Jeremy Blackmore from the Voodoo Room, Edinburgh.

HOW IT WENT

Park Lane, London. Friday night. The night was young, so were the bartenders. In the Whisky Mist bar the UKBG /Sputnik NationalCocktail Competition got under way at 7 pm as 23 competitors shook, mixed, and muddled their way through the drama of the most exciting UKBG Sputnik final yet.

In fact, there was a lot of brotherhood going down, with a lot of people keenly watching each of the competitors as they faced the judges (the ultimate professionals), carefully preparing cocktails amidst the raucous supporting cast of friends and family. As they left the “stage” loud congratulations filled the air. As the UKBG President Salvatore Calabrese stated: “This competition was one of the best yet. It was tremendous.”

In second place, Antonio Simonetti from Hoxton Pony, London, and in third place

Stefano Cossio from the Dorchester Hotel, London. Taking fourth place was Giuseppe Gallo from the Sanderson Hotel, London.

The winner’s drink was simple, and by far one of the smallest cocktails in the competition, with intriguing flavours presented in a delicate old fashioned glass. Really cute.”

Rhian’s Rose

Ingredients

40ml Sputnik rose vodka

20ml yuzu (Japanese citrus wine)

15ml creme de peche

20ml pink grapefruit juice

prosecco and aperol foam

In a creamer siphon, make the foam using aperol, prosecco, gelatine and eggwhite.

Shake the first 4 ingredients with ice, then strain into champagne coupe. Float the foam over the top. Garnish with a mix of thin zests of lemon orange and pink grapefruit.