The ultimate tiki trial


Dust off your reed skirts and Zombie glasses – Rumfest is just around the corner, and this year includes the first UK Tiki Bartender of the Year competition.

This promises to be a real test of a bartender’s tiki mastery – eight contestants will blind taste rums, attempt to decipher the ingredients in a secret mix, have their tiki cocktail knowledge appraised, and create a new tiki classic cocktail. The semi-final is being held at Boutique Rumfest on Friday 14 October, with the final on Rumfest’s main stage on 15 and 16 October.

You’d be competing for the title, of course, but also for an enviable, unusual prize: competition sponsor Don Q rum has arranged for the winner to get a walk-on part in a Hollywood movie.

To be considered for the final eight, send an email to Imbibe with your cocktail recipes, as well as a five-line poem or limerick about why you should be Tiki Bartender of the Year, by this Friday 7 October.

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