The Galvin Cup, held at The Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane, London was won by bartender Riccardo Semeria from The Connaught Hotel in Mayfair. His creative and mixing talents won him this accolade over the other 33 competitors in the professional category. In second place was Carolin Weise from the bar at One Aldwych, and in third place was Gavin McGowan Madoo from the St Alban’s Bar. Mirko Falconi from the Library Bar at The Lanesborough, London, took fourth position, with Mickael Perron from the bar at the Sanderson Hotel in fifth place and Stefano Cossio from the Dorchester Hotel in sixth place.

There were also 12 competitors in the Student category. The winner of that category was Jeoffrey Warmerdam from NHTV. Second place winner was James Coston from Leeds Metropolitan University, and in third place was Xiang Xiang Lu of Croydon College. Victor Ortells from the Hospitality Agency took fourth place, with James O’Keefe from Westminster College in fifth place and Wesley Yeung from Brookes.ac.uk in sixth place.

The shake-off judges were Salvatore Calabrese and Peter Dorelli from the UKBG, who were impressed with the standard of the competition.

The winning cocktail was called Royal Cobbler.

45ml Belvedere black raspberry vodka

20ml Gancia bianco vermouth

1 slice lemon

4 leaves fresh basil

30ml homemade spicey soda

Stir all ingredients in the glass. Serve in a cobbler glass. Garnish with berries and
a leaf of basil.