Moskovskaya cocktail contest seeks new signature serve

Bartenders from around the UK have the chance to win a trip to the Moscow Bar Show in a cocktail competition seeking a new signature serve for Moskovskaya Vodka.

Organised by Hi-Spirits, UK distributor of the traditionally-distilled vodka brand, the competition will also test finalists’ food matching ability, with the top four competitors asked to create a dinner cocktail to pair with classic Russian cuisine.

Bartenders have until April 3 to submit their recipe for an innovative Moskovskaya cocktail that has the potential to be rolled out nationally and featured as a signature serve in bars stocking the brand.

A judging panel will select finalists from each of the regions and visit their venues to see the cocktail being made. Winners will then be selected and invited to a final to be held in Manchester. The finalists will be asked not only to make their signature serve for the judges, but also their dinner cocktail to complement the menu.

The ultimate winner will join a VIP trip to the Moscow Bar Show in September, accompanying London bartender Pie Panah, who won the capital’s Moskovskaya competition in November. There is also a £150 second prize.

Dan Bolton, Hi-Spirits managing director and chair of the judging panel, said: “With some of the UK’s most innovative cocktail culture taking place outside London, we’re delighted that the second stage of our Moskovskaya competition will see our judges travel the length and breadth of Britain, from Plymouth to Nottingham and Edinburgh to Brighton.

“In Russia, vodka is a traditional accompaniment to food as well as an aperitif, and the competition celebrates that link. The competitors came up with some imaginative drinks that respected this tradition while also pushing the envelope in terms of cocktail innovation.

Moskovskaya was originally distilled in Moscow, and is owned by SPI Spirits, whose portfolio also includes the Stolichnaya brand. Bolton added: “Moskovskaya is an authentic, traditional vodka that has real credibility with bartenders, as well as operators and customers.”

Entries can be submitted at www.Moskovskaya.co.uk/barshow2015 which also has details of the full terms and conditions of the competition.

For more information on Moskovskaya Vodka and the full range of brands distributed by Hi-Spirits, call 01932 252 100, email info@hi-spirits.com, or visit www.hi-spirits.com.

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