Jack Daniel’s Crowns UK Champion (Video)

Jack Daniel’s has crowned this week it’s UK Birthday cocktail champion 2011. The finals took place in its hometown of Lynchburg, Tennessee, where the seven UK finalist were flown to. This year the main requirement for the bartenders was to create a punch style cocktail, serving for four, plus all drinks in the final were  judged on their taste & appearance (60%), presentation (10%), name (20%) and how easy they are to reproduce (10%). The competition was judged by a panel of experts, which included  Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller, Jeff Arnett, American whisky expert Nidal Ramini and master taster Jeff Norman. Each competitor was given five minutes to crack out their drink and chat, which threw up a mutilated guitar, a smoking strainer and a blow-torched apricot. At the end it was Dean MacGregor (Sahara,Reading) who took the trophy.

Jack in Black (serves four)

  • 8 Barspoons Cherry Preserve
  • 140ml Jack Daniel’s
  • 30ml Opal Nera Black Sambuca
  • 30ml Cherry Marnier
  • 120ml Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 120ml Cranberry Juice
  • 4 x Dashes Fee Bros Barrel Aged Bitters
  • Video From Semi-finals

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