Meet the Most Imaginative Bartender Regional Finalists

Only one will win the title of Most Imaginative Bartender.

Hundreds of bartenders across the U.S. and Canada applied to the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition presented by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin — and now 12 talented bartenders are moving forward to the finals, one step closer to winning the title of the “2024 Most Imaginative Bartender” and a $20,000 creative grant. 

Over the last few months, a committee narrowed the field based on how each bartender brought their creative passion to life in a custom gin-focused cocktail using Bombay Sapphire or Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru. The bartenders pulled out all of the stops, creating cordials, infusions, and bitters to invent never-seen-before creations.  The following 12 bartenders are advancing to the finals — and early next year, one will win the title of 2024 Most Imaginative Bartender. 


The 2024 Most Imaginative Bartender Finalists

Nicholas Alpi
Death and Co., Washington D.C.
Creative Outlet: Poetry
Cocktail: Broken Pearl 

Dylan Brentwood
Bar Kismet, Halifax
Creative Outlet: Fencing
Cocktail: Neuviene, The Actors Party 

Chris Marek
The Citizens Trust, Columbus
Creative Outlet: Magic
Cocktail: Suspension of Disbelief 

Liz Kalles
Jungle Room, Vancouver
Creative Outlet: Acting
Cocktail: Places, Please! 

Elise Hanson
Bar Raval, Toronto
Creative Outlet: Gardening
Cocktail: Equilibrium 

Jessie Yoskin
Monkeypod Kitchen, Hawaii
Creative Outlet: Horses
Cocktail: Combined Training 

Ricardo Rodriguez
Lita, New Jersey
Creative Outlet: Cooking
Cocktail: Tzatziki

Erin Birmingham
ILIS, New York
Creative Outlet: Fashion
Cocktail: Red Layers 

Linda Douglas
Donnas, Los Angeles
Creative Outlet: Nature
Cocktail: To The Trees 

Bianca Cerise
DC Vegan, Washington D.C.
Creative Outlet: Fashion
Cocktail: Couture Dessert in the Dessert 

Bridget Ramsey
Principe, New York
Creative Outlet: Music
Cocktail: Verdant Rhapsody

Daddy Longlegs
Acme & Co., Salt Lake City
Creative Outlet: Authenticity
Cocktail: Planetary Alignment 

Lee Musho is a wine and food writer and editor at Vox Creative.