The Tequila & Mezcal Masters 2020 results

With all the celebrities falling over themselves to get in on the Tequila and mezcal hype, you’d be forgiven for thinking there was no substance to the category. But our annual taste test showed there is more to the sector than star power. George Clooney really sparked a celebrity trend with his Casamigos Tequila brand. Founded by Clooney, Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman in 2013, the brand was handed over to Diageo for the handsome…

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Artesian’s Cuccurullo wins Patrón Perfectionists competition

Giulia Cuccurollo, of Artesian in London, has been crowned winner of the 2020 Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition following an impressive global final. The final of the competition, which took place at Hacienda Patrón, Mexico, saw 21 bartenders from around the world tackle challenges that could earn them a spot in the top seven and the grand final of the contest. During the grand final, Cuccurullo faced Tobias Linder of Jigger & Spoon, Germany, Switzerland and…

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The week in pictures

At the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch, director and producer Rashaad Ernesto Green was awarded this year’s title of Someone to Watch. The Bulleit Bourbon-sponsored award, which recognises up-and-coming talent in the world of cinema, was this year awarded to Green, who has directed TV shows such as The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural and Luke Cage. Green, who will soon release his second feature film Premature, was recognised at the ceremony in West Hollywood,…

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Australia triumphs in Licor 43 cocktail competition

Following a three-day global final in Gran Canaria, team Australia rose victorious to be crowned the winner of the Licor 43 Bartenders and Baristas Challenge 2019. A total of 26 bartenders and baristas from 12 countries were paired up following regional rounds and flown to Gran Canaria for the grand final, which took place from 22-24 October this week. The competitors hailed from Norway, Sweden, Finland, the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Estonia, Germany, Australia,…

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The week in pictures

Soon-to-open cocktail bar Cahoots Ticket Hall and Control Room has named Hattie Bee its honorary owner following an online competition. The London bar, which opens in November, will welcome Bee to the team for its opening week, where she will sample cocktails for its menu, attend a drinks-making masterclass, host a private party and take home the bar’s takings from its opening week. Bee said: “I was beyond excited when I saw the position advertised,…

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