We are thrilled to announce the four bartenders from the East who will be advancing to the national finals of the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition presented by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin. In a day of intense competition in Philadelphia, 12 top bartenders hailing from Miami to Montreal, New Orleans to New York went head-to-head. Their drinks were judged by Dr. Anne Brock (master distiller for Bombay Gin), Ms. Franky Marshall (New York) and Justin Lavenue (Austin). All of the bartenders brought their skill, creativity and passion for the craft, but only four could move forward.
These four finalists will join the regional champions from West and Central in October on a trip to Laverstoke, England, to tour the distillery and experience the home of Bombay Gin. And in February 2020, the 12 finalists from the U.S. and Canada will compete for the title of Most Imaginative Bartender. We wish them the best of luck.
Cocktail: Eve’s Pot Liquor
Creative passion: Community gardening
City: New York
Creative passion: Playing and mixing music
Cocktail: Rule of Thirds
City: New Orleans
Creative passion: Curating community art shows for members of the hospitality industry
Cocktail: Culture to Culture
Creative passion: Anthropology and the study of the connections behind human culture