Angostura® Global Cocktail Challenge 2018

Calling all candidates for the biggest party in the Caribbean. Entries are now open for the London hosted, UK leg of this year’s Angostura® Global Cocktail Challenge, with the winner going on to compete in the global grand final during Carnival in Trinidad early next year.

The Trinidad Carnival is the greatest show on earth, and the perfect setting for the grand final of the Angostura® Global Cocktail Challenge. National winners will not only enjoy a trip to this world-famous event, but on 11 February next year will also have a shot at the title of Angostura® Global Cocktail Challenge Champion, which comes with a US$10,000 cash prize, and a two-year contract as Angostura® Global Brand Ambassador.

UK bartenders can enter at, with entries closing on 10 September. Entrants need to create a pair of modern classic cocktails. First, an original rum cocktail using at least 30ml of one of Angostura’s® rums, as well as either Angostura® Aromatic Bitters or Angostura Orange Bitters, or both. Second, an amaro cocktail, containing Amaro di Angostura®, and also including one of Angostura’s® bitters. We must also mention that no other rum, amaro or bitters brands may be used as part of the contestants entry.

In addition to an online entry form, bartenders need to submit a video presenting their original rum cocktail, and a written entry of up to 200 words about the future of rum drinks in tiki bars, general cocktail bars, or in regular bars. More information on entry requirements can be found on the entry website.

Shortlisted entrants will be notified by late September, with the final taking place in late October.

The prestigious Angostura® Global Cocktail Challenge has a long history, with the first competition held in 2001 at the Hilton Tobago. The 2016 event drew 900 entries from 36 countries, and was judged by an esteemed judging panel led by Jeff “Beach Bum” Berry.

UK Distribution of Angostura’s range of rums, as well as Angostura® Aromatic Bitters and Angostura® Orange Bitters, returned this month to international wine, spirit and cider producer Distell.

Fraser Thornton, Distell’s European Managing Director said: “I am delighted we have been able to re-acquaint ourselves with Angostura to distribute their exceptional Rum and Bitters portfolio throughout the UK supported by exciting events such as the world-renowned Angostura® Global Cocktail Challenge. This further strengthens the range of brands we have to offer the trade and consumers.”