Celebrating 60 Years of SLTN

Attention all you crazy cats and cool chicks – SLTN is going back to the sixties for a unique cocktail competition that celebrates the decade in which our publication was born.

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Spirit of the Sixties cocktail competition

It was the era of Beatlemania, flower-power, free love, civil rights and space travel... and SLTN, in partnership with Inverarity Morton, invited bartenders and mixologists to create a delicious drink that channels that sixties vibe of fun, optimism and freedom.

Our judges selected six finalists to come and make their drinks in person and decide who truly captured the Spirit of the Sixties.

The winning cocktail will be served to guests at the 2024 SLTN Awards – AND its creator will get automatic entry to our Mixologist or Bartender Of The Year categories.


Winners announced

SLTN’s Spirit of the Sixties cocktail competition was held in Glasgow on 17th June 2024

The Final

Glasgow bartenders Mari Chierchia and Morgan Pyle were named joint winners of SLTN’s Spirit of the Sixties cocktail competition, after besting a stacked field from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Helensburgh.

Mari, from Daddy Marmalade’s, wowed judges with her cocktail, ‘Stop the World, Scotland Wants to Get On’ while Morgan, of Pania, secured his place on the podium with his ‘Sunny Afternoon’ serve.

Entrants had been asked to submit a cocktail recipe that encapsulated the ‘spirit of the sixties’ as SLTN marks its 60th anniversary.

On the day of the final – held at Glasgow bar Malo – the competitors were challenged to prepare and present their sixties-themed cocktail, as well as a second serve designed to be served in high volumes. The drinks were judged by a panel that included Sarah Berardi of William Grant & Sons, Zach Sapato of The Drink Cabinet, Georgie Jolliffe of Inverarity Morton and SLTN’s Dave Hunter.

Mari’s original serve was deemed the top tipple of the day, while Morgan’s high-volume recipe was picked to be served as a welcome drink at this year’s SLTN Awards.

Keep an eye out on our socials for all 60 years of SLTN celebrations!


Spirit of the Sixties Finalists

Mari Chierchia

Daddy Marmalades, Glasgow


Morgan Pyle

Pania, Glasgow


Evan Rodriguez

Vroni's, Glasgow


Gavin Lidbury

The Finnieston, Glasgow


Aimée Ashworth

La Jupe, Helensburgh


Carrie Smith

Hoot the Redeemer, Edinburgh


Winner's prizes

  • Four tickets to the SLTN Awards (worth over £1000)
  • Your winning cocktail being served at the SLTN Awards
  • Appearing on the front cover of the July issue of SLTN, and an interview inside the issue
  • A fast-track pass into the top six shortlist for either the SLTN Mixologist of the Year or Bartender of the Year category
  • A brand prize from the sponsor. Keep an eye on SLTN’s social channels for details
Spirit of the Sixties is organised in association with
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Together with our commercial partners, Spirit of the Sixties is organised by Scottish Licensed Trade News (part of Peebles Media Group). SLTN is Scotland’s leading hospitality trade magazine.