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How to Win the Inaugural Peter Spanton Cocktail Competition

There is something magically mysterious about Peter Spanton Drinks. Maybe it’s the Hare-headed Gentleman who appears on every bottle of these bold mixers.  Maybe it’s the fact that my favorite is #13 of only six tonics they produce. Maybe it’s their selection of flavors from Salted Grapefruit to Lemongrass to Chocolate Mint.

It was the turn of eight bartenders to work their own magic by creating a winning cocktail for the inaugural Peter Spanton Cocktail Competition, held at the Jo Bin Law cocktail bar in Aldgate, London.

Four groups of two bartenders prepared and presented one cocktail to the three judges. I had the chance to discover what inspired them and how they chose which of the six Peter Spanton drinks to use in their cocktail.

Finalists and their cocktails included:

Michele Reina & Georgia Billing
Michele Reina & Georgia Billing
Under Milk Wood
Michal Kobza & Dario Arranz
Michal Kobza & Dario Arranz
Paradise of Silence
Khlaudio Brian Idem & Victor Manuel
Khlaudio Brian Idem & Victor Manuel
Tomas Cisty & Francesco Macera
Tomas Cisty & Francesco Macera
No5 Alive

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