EDINBURGH mixologist Jamie MacDonald has been crowned the UK’s Best Bartender in a cocktail competition run by Diageo’s premium drinks division, Reserve Brands.
MacDonald, who runs The Raconteur in Stockbridge, triumphed over 11 other bartenders in the day-long UK final of World Class 2011. His winning drink, Chaste, combines Ketel One vodka with Benedictine, sweet Italian vermouth and Lagavulin. MacDonald will now represent the UK against bartenders from 29 countries across the globe in the World Class Global Final in Delhi, India.
“I’m extremely proud to be representing mixology as a profession and I hope this will really shine the light on the UK as a country that can rival the world in cocktail making,” he said.