Following the Bank Holiday we spent Wednesday, 4th May, in Liverpool for the Bobby’s Collins Cocktail Competition final. Hidden down a back street, in a fabulous basement bar was where all the action took place – Jenny’s Bar.
So just to re-cap – in the run-up to the final we selected 12 lucky finalists from a long list of entries who would battle it out on the day to win a trip to the Bobby’s Gin Distillery in the Netherlands.
The competition kick started at 2 o’clock with each of our finalists making and presenting their cocktail to our panel of esteemed judges, who were looking for an original interpretation of the classic, Tom Collins Cocktail, the only rule being the use of 35ml of Bobby’s Schiedam Dry Gin. Cocktails were judged on taste, presentation and originality. Everyone brought their A game and the competition was on!
Once each contestant had presented their cocktails to the judges it was decision time. Who would be the one to wow us all with their Tom Collins? After a lot of back and forth the judges agreed and all that was left to do was to announce who’d won.
So without further ado, the winner of the 2016 Bobby’s Collins Cocktail Competition was Will Meredith from The Black Cat Cocktail Bar at El Gato Negro, Manchester. He stole the show with his 15 Hour Collins Cocktail, made with Bobby’s Gin (of course), cubeb pepper infused lemon juice, Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Jerry Thomas Bitters and homemade orange and lemongrass soda. Spot on!
I’d just like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the competition and also to our 4 judges, job well done. Special thanks also goes to Jenny’s Bar for letting us take over your bar and for being such brilliant hosts. What a fantastic day!