INTRODUCTION

It was shortly after the first United Kingdom Cocktail Competition, organised by the Wine, Spirit and Catering Trades Exhibition at Dorland Hall, London, in 1933, that the idea was conceived of forming an Association or Guild of efficient Cocktail Bartenders. A few far-seeing bartenders had got to know and like each other and realised how much could be done in comradeship and to the mutual advantage of themselves, their employers, and most important of all, the customer.

Today the United Kingdom Bartenders Guild is one of the oldest Association of this kind in the world, with a long and fascinating history: in this section we bring back to life how everything started and then became what is today.

Because our roots and heritage are the strength of the present and the foundation for future of Bartending Community.

1934 British Empire Cocktail Competition

Over 3,000 cocktails were shaken, more than 600 recipes, with bartenders coming from all over the British Empire, which in