AN Edinburgh bartender is preparing to jet off to the US after winning a UK-wide cocktail competition.
Tim Pryde of The Voodoo Rooms took the top spot in the Maker’s Mark Bartender Trove challenge, hosted by distributor Maxxium UK.
The competition invited bartenders to submit a new Maker’s Mark serve created using ‘unusual and precious possessions’. The top four entrants then travelled to London where they created a new cocktail using their precious objects and ingredients sourced in Soho.
Pryde created a Japanese-inspired cocktail which he served in his ceramic Shisa cup from Okinawa, Japan.
His Hanakotoba Punch, made with Umeshu liqueur and a hibiscus blossom cordial, took the top spot in the competition; and Pryde is now set for a trip to Kentucky to witness how the bourbon is made.
Amanda Humphrey, Mixxit manager at Maxxium UK, said: “In the end it was Tim’s collection of ingredients and story behind his Shisa cup that won us over. We are delighted to reward his efforts and craft for bartending with a trip to the Maker’s Mark distillery.”