OPIHR Gin is inviting mixologists from around the world to enter this year’s OPIHR Global Cocktail Competition, which will see regional finalists travel to a secret location along the ancient spice route for the grand final in September.
This year’s competition sees bartenders invited to create a new cocktail using OPIHR spiced gin, which should be shared on Instagram (image and recipe), tagging @OPIHRGin with the hashtag #OPIHRWorld.
The cocktail must be a twist on a classic, created using at least 35ml OPIHR gin, with no more than five ingredients. In line with the brand’s mission to take consumers on a ‘journey of discovery’, the cocktail must also include at least one locally sourced ingredient, to bring a sense of real provenance to the serve.
Entries are open until July 19, 2019 and are welcome from professional bartenders across the world.
The best entries per market will be shortlisted by the OPIHR judging panel and will be invited to attend their country final in mid to late July, with the winner attending the APAC regional final in mid-August. The overall winner will be crowned The Spirit of OPIHR 2019 and will be invited to help shape the brand’s ongoing drinks strategy, alongside the opportunity to get involved with future projects.
The winner of last year’s OPIHR Global Cocktail Competition was UK finalist, Charley Carrington (above) of Cottonmouth bar in Nottingham, following a tightly fought grand final in Istanbul.
Carrington commented: “Winning last year’s competition was the most incredible feeling, and the journey hasn’t stopped there! I’ve had an amazing year working with the OPIHR brand team on cocktails, events, and the new drinks strategy: the OPIHR Drinks Atlas. I would highly recommend entering; it’s an adventure you’ll never forget.”
Robert Milton, Global Brand Director for OPIHR Gin added: “2019 sees the OPIHR Global Cocktail Competition enter its sixth year – and every year it continues to grow in popularity. As OPIHR expands around the world, we are successfully connecting with bartenders by offering them a truly unique flavour in premium spiced gin, together with a fantastic competition in which to showcase their skills. Good luck to everyone who enters this year – we really look forward to meeting our finalists in September.”