Who were the winners at the July CITC
We counted your votes, who were the winners?
We like a little bit of friendly competition at Cocktails In The City and so we invite our guests to cast their vote in the following categories:
- Best Bar Team
- Best Dressed Stand
- Best Overall Experience
We also like to share our expert judges vote on Best Cocktail and it's always interesting to announce the best-selling drink of the event. With over 10,000 cocktails enjoyed and just over 2,500 guests over the three days let's find out who you thought made the event that extra bit special.
In reverse order, the best selling drink with nearly 1,000 coconuts served at the festival was the Sacao Punch created by Laki Kane with Ron Santiago De Cuba Rum. Days of preparation went into batching, drilling and chilling each coconut to serve up delicious and cold at Cocktails In The City
We welcomed 6 trade judges to cast their expert palettes over all the cocktails at the event and then judge then on flavour, originality and the presentation of the bar team.
Their was a unanimous winner for the flavour lab due Strongman's Tipple in partnership with Ardbeg Wee Beastie with their two incredibly creative, fun and delicious drinks: The Penicillin on Wax and the Scottish Porn Star.
PENICILLIN ON WAX
30ml Ardbeg Wee Beastie redistilled with fresh ginger, 15ml verjus, 5ml agave, 10ml Sauternes wine, wax ageing*
30ml Passion Fruit Ardbeg Wee Beastie, vanilla, 20ml buttered orange, 100ml Irn Bru
BEST OVERALL EXPERIENCE
Coconut shy, cocktails in coconuts, brand ambassadors hosting tasting sessions throughout the event and a beautiful looking stand might be some of the reasons that Laki Kane were voted best overall experience at Cocktails In The City this July.
The best news? They are back for August so come and check them out!
Ron Santiago De Cuba Rum ambassador Tommy Cole in action serving up the Sacao Punch.
The Coconut Shy was a big hit in July. With prizes to be won try your hand at the next event this August, hurry, they won't be there in September.
BEST DRESSED STAND
New Soho Bar opening Thin White Duke in partnership with London's first Absinthe Distillery, The Devil's Botany created the most interesting space for guests. Tarot card readers, giant cages and Absinthe tasting sessions throughout the event really captured the imagination of our guests. Sasha Stamp the bar owner is also a keen interior designer and her use of soft fabrics, unique props and floral displays created a beautiful pop-up bar aesthetic.
London's first Absinthe Distillery The Devil's Botany were on hand for Absinthe tastings throughout the weekend.
Photo shot from behind the Tarot card readers cage hosted by Thin White Duke at Cocktails In The City
BEST BAR TEAM
Celebrating 40 years in business, it is easy to see why Cafe Pacifico is still going strong after all this time. The team is incredibly engaging, friendly, humble and makes delicious drinks.
This team were voted by Best Bar team by our guests at Cocktails In The City in July and will be back for the August event.
Cafe Pacifico ia the only business in the UK to be awarded the honour of Distinctivo T, a commendation awarded by the Tequila Regulatory Council for educating people to a high standard on the Tequila and agave industry.
Cafe Pacifico was the highest-selling cocktail stand at Cocktails In The City in 2021 highlighting the continuing rise of tequila sales in the UK.