The Amaro Montenegro Global Champion 2019

The new GLOBAL CHAMPION & The Vero Bartender of 2019 sponsored by Amaro Montenegro is none other than Marcus Fredriksson from Malmo in Sweden . The winning cocktail is called the 'Around the Corner' & beat out 12 other global finalists from all the world. An outstanding performance that blew the judges away & a cocktail like no other (find the recipe below). Cocktails For You were on hand to capture all the details of the competition & bring them to you live from Milan!

The Vero Bartender The concept behind the 2019 competition was focused around the idea of 'Human Spirit' that bartending a profession is unique at its core due to the human interaction involved on a daily basis. They had to create a sharing style serve inspired by the conviviality & nature of the 'Human Spirit' of working as a bartender. We at Cocktails For You believe competitions that enforce the values of our profession are the way forward when it comes to the future of the bartending community. The whole competition kicked off with a day of workshops in Milan, Italy with seminars from industry leaders such as Erik Lorincz, ex-head bartender of The American Bar at The Savoy hotel & owner of Kwãnt bar, as well as Monica Berg, co-founder of the Pour Symposium & co-owner of Tayer +Elementary, both talking about the trials & tribulations of owning a cocktail bar, developing the concept, making the drinks & the business side of the operation. There was also an hands-on masterclass from Matteo Bonoli, the master herbalist from Amaro Montenegro, who uncovered for us the secrets behind the production process of Amaro Montenegro as well their secret ingredients.

The Competition itself! The stage was set, the light were on & palms were sweaty as the finalists were called on stage to present their works of art in from the stern judging panel. So lets dive into the nitty gritty... 1st Competitor - Janneke Koorn - Netherlands Janneke had the difficult task of opening the competition up & handled it like an absolute champion through & through. One of the most unique serves I've ever seen in a cocktail competition with the cocktail served in a Shisha pipe instead of glassware. Find the link between the sharing concept of sitting around a Shisha pipe with friends & relaxing. To dispel any negative connotations between Shisha & drinking Janneke mention a famous artist that stated that everything you view is just a matter of perspective. Bliss!

2nd Competitor - Adam Lau - Australia Adam was the most jet-lagged competitor on the day & it was also his birthday on the day of the competition. Nothing dissuaded him from completely rocking the stage though with his natural charm, witty jokes about how much tea he drinks & its origins in China & the link between his cocktail as well as Earl Grey Tea. Carbonated in a SodaSteam with a fragrant candied lemon garnish to boot! He wants his cocktail to become a champion for this cause.

3rd Competitor - Zachary Sapato - USA Zachary is an absolute gem of a human being as his preparati