The City of London might not be the first destination for cocktail drinking in London, but there’s certainly no shortage of bartending talent in the area, something that Martin Miller’s Gin confirmed yesterday with its City Cocktail Champion Competition.
Carey Hanlon (pictured) of Merchant House made the day’s winning drink, using Martin Miller’s Gin, cucumber-infused vermouth and a homemade dill, star anise and black pepper tincture. Called Erik’s Elixir, it hinted at Martin Miller’s Icelandic origins by paying homage to Viking king Erik the Red – Hanlon said she wanted to ‘celebrate the mystical nature of Iceland’ in her drink.
The Alchemist’s Shane Dobson took second place with Aunt Marie’s Potpourri Tea, which used a homemade orange and rosewater tonic and dry ice for added spectacle. Joint third place went to City Social’s Edoardo Arcesi and Oblix’s Dmitrij Markovskij.
Held at 1 Lombard Street, the competition only involved bars situated in the Square Mile, with plans to have more heats in other areas of London and the UK before a national final.