Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender Competition! Courtesy Photo
Recently mixologists gathered at the Sassafras Saloon in Los Angeles for the North America 'Most Imaginative Bartender'. In partnership with Bombay Sapphire Gin six bartenders from the Los Angeles and San Diego region competed under one roof to create a one-of-a-kind mind-blowing cocktail!
Throughout the evening guests were able to hear the inspiration behind the creations while watching the bartenders compete against each other; with timed sessions, surprised twists, and blind tastings for the judges. The judges of this event included Bombay Sapphire North American brand ambassador Gary Hayward and last years MIB 2015 winner Ali Huleisy.
"This was one of my first national competitions that I ever entered and I can pin point this competition as the jumpstart to my career," stated general manager and beverage director of Sassafras Karen Grill. "I have a lot of love for this competition, it did great things for me. I was given more opportunities and people knew who I was after this competition."
Los Angeles’ Ryan Wainwright and his “Fogless Fizz,” an innovative recipe made with jasmine syrup and lemon juice, was recognized as the most creative cocktail in Los Angeles based on appearance, aroma, imagination and taste. Wainwright’s winning libation will now advance him to the USBG Most Imaginative Bartender Finals in Las Vegas, to be held on September 2, 2015, in which he will share the stage with 28 of North America's top bartenders for a chance to win the title and a cover feature of GQ magazine's "Men of the Year".
“I am truly honored to be recognized for my cocktail," said Wainwright, "especially after competing against some of the best bartenders in Los Angeles and San Diego, many of whom are peers that I respect and admire. The USBG and BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin have always done an incredible job of spotlighting emerging bartenders and cultivating our craft. It’s thrilling to be a part of that legacy and I look forward to representing Los Angeles at the North American finals in Vegas!”
This year, in appreciation of the public’s growing interest in mixology, each local event will, once again, feature a Consumer Cocktail Hour. Guests will be exclusively invited by USBG and BOMBAY SAPPHIRE to attend, sample and vote for their favorite cocktail among the contending bartenders. Their final votes will then determine a separate People’s Choice Winner of the competition.
Congrats to Ryan Wainwright and best of luck at the next competition in Las Vegas!