Cocktail competition has Mexico in its sights

SCOTTISH bartenders have the opportunity to win a trip to Mexico through a new cocktail competition from distributor Love Drinks.

The contest challenges participants to create a cocktail using either the El Recuerdo or Zignum mezcal brands (or a cocktail with each). Love Drinks distributes both brands in the UK.

The El Recuerdo drink should be inspired by the tastes and flavours of Mexico, while the Zignum entries should be inspired by the stories and history of the Oaxaca region.

Drinks have to contain at least 30ml of either El Recuerdo Abocado Con Gusano or Zignum Reposado and can only include one homemade ingredient.

The cocktails will be scored across a number of criteria, including taste (50 points); visual appeal (ten points); aroma (five points); hitting the brief (ten points); and presentation (25 points).

The deadline for entries is 10th June, with heats then taking place around the UK throughout July. Two winners will be awarded a trip to Mexico.

Love Drinks managing director, Samantha Burke, said: “The interest for mezcal has been astounding these past few years and this will continue to grow as more discerning drinkers discover the category. We’re delighted to be rolling out our first mezcal competition for our El Receurdo and Zignum brands this summer.

“It’s an unbelievable, once-in-a-lifetime prize so we’re looking forward to seeing what the UK’s talented mixologists have up their sleeves when it comes to sexy serves for summer.”

Bartenders can find out more and enter the competition here.