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Meet the Most Imaginative Bartender Finalists: West

November 17, 2019

Story: Punch Staff

Art: KLiK Concepts

The four bartenders from the West advancing to the Most Imaginative Bartender national finals.

We are thrilled to announce the four bartenders from the West who will be moving forward in 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 Portland, Oregon, 12 top bartenders hailing from Honolulu to Saskatoon, Denver to San Francisco went head-to-head. Their drinks were judged by Dr. Anne Brock (master distiller for Bombay Gin), Sandy De Almeida (Toronto) and Abigail Gullo (Seattle). Competition was fierce, and only four emerged victorious.

These four finalists will join the regional champions from Central and East 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.

ALEX JUMP

Cocktail: Sailor’s Paradise
City: Denver
Creative passion: Pursuing wellness and sustainability in the profession of bartending

CHRISTIAN SUZUKI

Cocktail: Imaginary Folklore
City: San Francisco
Creative passion: Exploring his Japanese heritage through storytelling

JAMIE SOCCI

Cocktail: A Thousand Ships
City: Portland, Oregon
Creative passion: Myths and performative storytelling

EMILIO SALEHI

Cocktail: In Bokeh
City: San Francisco
Creative passion: Videography

Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative bartender

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