Timothy Ching from Hong Kong has claimed the title of Beefeater MIXLDN 6 Global Champion. Eight bartenders were selected to compete in the Global Final, held at The Bike Shed in East London. The competition was centred around a cinematic theme, with participants creating drinks around films and cinema sets, with the tagline of the competition being, “Directed By You”.
Bartenders from 33 countries were invited to submit a Beefeater cocktail recipe to the Beefeater MIXLDN website and from that were chosen to compete in National Finals. A bartender from each market was then selected to compete in the Global Final, where eight battled it out for the top honour.
In addition to the major prize, two other prizes were awarded; one for the Signature Drink round and the Secret Challenge. Emil Hed of Sweden took out the Signature Drink round, where bartenders were tasked with creating a drink inspired by a movie set in London. The winner of the Secret Challenge, which required finalists to create a drink in 30 minutes was JinHwan Kim of South Korea.
Timothy said his winning cocktail was inspired by Oliver Twist.
“Knowing London, the home of Beefeater Gin, is also the setting of the world’s best mixologists, I decided to direct a cinema-influenced classic of my own.
“My cocktail is inspired by the famous quote from Oliver Twist, ‘Please, Sir, I Want Some More’, a fine crafted British appetitive which has a mouthwatering effect to it. A bitter-sweet concoction that showcases all the aspects from the true spirit, which Desmond Payne put towards the legendary Beefeater 24 Gin, a sophisticated blend of botanicals and exotic teas.”
Beefeater Master Distiller Desmond Payne announced the winner and handed the trophy to Timothy who was ecstatic with the win.