London Cocktail Week

A celebration of the world’s biggest cocktail festival, London Cocktail Week ran from 2nd to 8th October 2017.

Cayman Islands Department of Tourism co-hosts first ever competition to find London Cocktail Week’s best cocktail London (21 September 2017) – The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism joined forces with DrinkUp.London (the team behind the award-winning London Cocktail Week) last night to crown London Cocktail Week 2017’s best cocktail in the first competition of its kind held by the organisers. Six finalists (chosen from 153 entrants) battled it out by showcasing their signature serves to four judges in the Apartment at the trendy Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch. They were assessed on the speed of their service, their innovation, the presentation of their cocktail and of course the taste of their signature serve. Steve Georgiou from Regent Street bar The Wigmore was named the winner with his Blended Union cocktail. The cocktail was the Wigmore’s own Saison beer blended with Amaro di Angostura, fresh union coffee, mango and honey and the judges loved the use of unusual ingredients and how refreshing the drink was. Steve has won a place representing not only The Wigmore but London and the UK at the international Taste of Cayman mixology competition, due to be held at Grand Cayman’s newest hotel the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands at the end of January 2018. He will also have a few days to relax and unwind after the competition, enjoying time on Seven Mile Beach and exploring all the activities that Grand Cayman has to offer. Siobhan Payne, director of London Cocktail Week said: “Although this is the eighth annual London Cocktail Week, this is the first ever time that we’ve crowned the best cocktail of the festival. The calibre of drinks submitted for the Cocktail Tours – that’s £6 cocktails served in London’s best bars throughout the duration of the festival – increases every year, and this year is no different, as demonstrated by the incredible standard we saw last night. I am incredibly happy for Steve who really went a

Organised on behalf of DrinkUp.London and the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, the Hoxton Hotel hosted a special preview on 20th September where London’s top cocktail bars battled it out in an attempt to create London Cocktail Week’s best cocktail. A place in the the ‘Taste of Cayman’ mixology final was up for grabs, taking place in Grand Cayman in January 2018.

Six finalists were selected from 157 of London’s top bars, with The Wigmore’s beer and espresso-inspired ‘Blended Union’ cocktail clinching the title on the night. Mixologist Steve Georgiou will be flying to the Cayman Islands at the end of January to compete on behalf of the rest of London, the first time a UK bar has ever entered the final. We wish him the best of luck with the rest of the competition! And if you’re lucky enough to be on-island next month, keep an eye out for bars and clubs participating in Cayman Cocktail Week from 20th– 27th October.

Cayman Islands Department of Tourism co-hosts first ever competition to find London Cocktail Week’s best cocktail London (21 September 2017) – The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism joined forces with DrinkUp.London (the team behind the award-winning London Cocktail Week) last night to crown London Cocktail Week 2017’s best cocktail in the first competition of its kind held by the organisers. Six finalists (chosen from 153 entrants) battled it out by showcasing their signature serves to four judges in the Apartment at the trendy Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch. They were assessed on the speed of their service, their innovation, the presentation of their cocktail and of course the taste of their signature serve. Steve Georgiou from Regent Street bar The Wigmore was named the winner with his Blended Union cocktail. The cocktail was the Wigmore’s own Saison beer blended with Amaro di Angostura, fresh union coffee, mango and honey and the judges loved the use of unusual ingredients and how refreshing the drink was. Steve has won a place representing not only The Wigmore but London and the UK at the international Taste of Cayman mixology competition, due to be held at Grand Cayman’s newest hotel the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands at the end of January 2018. He will also have a few days to relax and unwind after the competition, enjoying time on Seven Mile Beach and exploring all the activities that Grand Cayman has to offer. Siobhan Payne, director of London Cocktail Week said: “Although this is the eighth annual London Cocktail Week, this is the first ever time that we’ve crowned the best cocktail of the festival. The calibre of drinks submitted for the Cocktail Tours – that’s £6 cocktails served in London’s best bars throughout the duration of the festival – increases every year, and this year is no different, as demonstrated by the incredible standard we saw last night. I am incredibly happy for Steve who really went a

Photos courtesy of Simon Way @simonwayphoto

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