Bar star could be going global


Ray Letoa
New Zealand bartender Ray Letoa took the title in last year’s Angostura competition.

Cocktail competition with cash and contract incentive

A CASH prize and a two-year globe-trotting contract to represent the brand are on offer in this year’s Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge.

The bartender contest is now in its tenth year and the UK heat is slated for October 17, with the winning bartender going on to represent the UK at the final in Trinidad and Tobago in February 2020 against competitors from 36 countries.

All finalists will have a tour of the Angostura Distillery and museum, visit local pan yards, and take part – in full costume – in the Trinidad Carnival.

The overall winner will receive a cash prize of US $10,000 and will take on the role of Angostura global brand ambassador for two years, which will see them tour the world’s major cities, encouraging other bartenders to explore products in the Angostura portfolio. There will also be trophies for Best Rum Cocktail and Best Amaro Cocktail.

Full-time bartenders wishing to enter the competition must submit two cocktail recipes: one containing Angostura rums and the other containing Amaro di Angostura. There is a written component, a video submission and online assessment; details of how to enter and submission forms can be found at

A spokesman for Angostura said: “The Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge is a hotly-contested and highly-anticipated event in the international professional bar industry.

“Last year, New Zealand bartender Ray Letoa was crowned the winner after impressing the judges with an Amaro di Angostura cocktail called Deliciousness and a rum cocktail made with Angostura 1824 and two dashes each of Angostura aromatic bitters and Angostura orange bitters, called Old Flame.

“Each year the competition has gone from strength to strength with a growing number of entries.”