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.”