The Happiness Unforgettables competition ended in fine style yesterday, when the four finalists from the nationwide heats battled it out for the honour of working behind the bar at Happiness Forgets during London Cocktail Week.
Jack Donaghy from Glasgow, Alexander Taylor from Cardiff, Claire Best from Manchester and Steve Arthurs from Newcastle each presented their cocktails that they created for Happiness Forgets using the Marussia Beverages portfolio.
At the end of the day, Best – who had never entered a cocktail competition before – triumphed with her simple yet effective serve, which saw Death’s Door Gin mixed with a homemade asparagus and fennel cordial and celery bitters.
She has won the chance to work at Happiness Forgets for five nights during London Cocktail Week, creating five new drinks for the bar’s menu in that time.
‘It’s great to celebrate the UK cocktail scene, not just London,’ said Happiness Forgets owner Alastair Burgess. ‘Claire’s whole ethos around the concept of the drink – to make it easy to replicate and quick to produce – really fit with the Happiness ethos.’
Read more about the competition in the next issue of Imbibe.