UKBG National Cocktail Competition 2021

The official hub page for the UKBG NCC. Full info, latest news and information on entry, rules and eligibility. The hub will be updated regularly as the competition progresses, so check back often!

The UK Bartenders Guild’s National Cocktail Competition 2021, was delivered in partnership with the Akashi Sake Brewery and Kaikyо̄ Distillery.

Congratulations to our winner, Matteo Basso of the Malt Bar and Lounge, London – UKBG NCC2021 Champion.


The NCC is the rally cry for bartenders and mixologists from across the UK to show us what you’ve got, in one of the most important events in the hospitality industry calendar.

The entire country competes to win not only a grand prize and a title – but also the opportunity to represent the nation at the International Bartenders Association World Cocktail Championship, hosted next year in Russia.

The NCC gives our community an opportunity to learn from each other, to inspire each other with new recipes, innovative bartending techniques, flavour pairings, and platform their creativity on a global platform.

Our sponsor this year is the Akashi Sake Brewery and the Kaikyо̄ Distillery, home of Akashi-Tai Sake, Hatozaki Whisky and 135°East Dry Gin.

Our partnership and the theme of this year’s competition aims to bring Japanese beverage culture to a wider audience throughout Europe.



logo Akashi Tai (1)


Akashi-Tai sakes are the fruit of the quest for excellence undertaken by the Akashi Sake Brewery. This family-run brewery has been based in the port city of Akashi since 1856.

Hatozaki Whiskies


Launched by the Kaikyo Distillery in 2018, created by Master Distiller & Blender, Kimio Yonezawa. Elegant but accessible whiskies with flavours reminiscent of Akashi, Japan.


135° EAST, Hyogo Dry Gin

A gin with a strong personality, echoing Japan’s Taisho period taking inspiration of Japanese youth and classic botanicals. Hailing from the cioty of Akashi, situated at 135 degrees east longitude.

Entry Overview

Updated 28.10.21

This page will be regularly updated. Check back for updates. Entry for the UKBG NCC has now closed.
  1. Successful semi-finalists have been invited back to attend a successive masterclass, with Hatozaki Whisky – the ‘Ultimate Highball’ round of the competition
  2. The ‘Ultimate Highball’ round serves as our regional semi-finals and will see the UKBG travelling the country to find our regional finalists.
  3. The top competitors from each UK region and one finalist from the maritime branch will then be shortlisted for the UKBG final event in 2021
  4. Competitors will be asked to present two cocktails – an Akashi-Tai cocktail, and an 135º East Gin cocktail
  5. The second cocktail recipe must be an interpretation of a ‘Fizz’ cocktail, as referenced under Section 2 of the 1937 Café Royal Cocktail Book