Representing Sweden, Charlotte Halsius has been crowned the new champion of the third Diplomático World Tournament.
Triumphing over 12 other competitors at the The Savoy's swanky Beaufort Bar, Halsius won over judges with her Blood, Tears and Gold cocktail: a blend of Diplomático Mantuano, Amer Picon, cherry syrup and gold tincture.
Halsius fought off 1,200 applicants from over 40 countries, undergoing mulitple rounds in different countries, being judged on technique, presentation, garnish and sensual subjects (such as taste, texture, aroma and balance).
Judges included 2015 Diplomático World Tournament winner Sai Hamsala, global brand ambassador Jillian Vose, former whiskey ambassador for Campari America, Peter Dorelli and current bar manager of the American Bar, Declan McGurk.
‘We are delighted to have hosted the Diplomático World Tournament at the prestigious Beaufort Bar at The Savoy, home to some of the world’s best bartenders both past and present,' said José Rafael Ballesteros, president of Diplomático Rum. 'To watch the incredible talent of a new generation of bartenders worldwide was truly an honour and awe inspiring.'
'‘It has been such an amazing experience and I still can’t believe what’s happened,' gushed Halsius. 'I’m so grateful for being part of the whole tournament, to have met so many inspiring people from around the world, who share the same passion. I’m so humbled and it still hasn’t sunk in.'
Wonder why it hasn't sunk in? She's only gone and won $10,000 in prize money.
BLOOD, TEARS & GOLD
Charlotte Halsius – Sweden
Garnish: Maraschino Cherry and lemon zest
50 ml Diplomático Mantuano
20 ml Amer Picon
10 ml cherry syrup
2 dashes of gold tincture
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