Mix Off Competitions

Brighton-Food-and-drink-logo-300x93Since 2010 Mixology Group have been working with Brighton Food and Drink Festival  and Kingston Food Festival to help inspire the
Bartenders of Brighton and Kingston Upon Thames.

Every year with the help of some great sponsors, we run Cocktails Competitions across the city to find the Best Bartender of Brighton Food Festival cocktail compBrighton & Hove.

This September we were lucky to be working with BULLDOG Gin  a multi-award winning, super-premium gin handcrafted at an English distillery that has been making the highest quality gin for over 250 years. Our competitors were asked to create their own BULLDOG cocktail and then went head to head in a speed competition on the live food show stage on 6th September  during the Sussex and World Market on Hove Lawns.

We’re happy to annouce the winner for was Sarah Aoun of Drakes Hotel, Kemp Town, Brighton. Her delicious cocktail recipe was

‘The Secret Candied Garden’

2 x Fresh Litchi
4-5 Fresh Blackberries
50ml Bulldog gin
25ml Litchi Liquer
12.5ml homemade Lavender Sugar Syrup

Muddle the litchi & blackberries in the bottom of shaker, add remaining ingredients, shake hard with ice, double strain into a chilled martini glass.

To garnish to jelly baby,s on a skewer (balancing on rim, feet in drink) and one candied mint leaf floating.

Watch this space for details of our next comp coming up in Spring 2015!


cocktail comp winner

Appleton Rum CompetitionCocktail Mix Off

All pictures courtesy of ©Julia Claxton/BHFDF

This springs Mix Off Champion was Paul De newton of Ninja Bar, he wowed us with his super speedy cocktail making and his delicioius Koko Kanu Cocktail. Last Autumns finalists, really pulled out all the stops and came up with some fabulous creations.  Max Curzon of Hotel Du Vin gave us ‘The Mad Butter Fudger’,  a unique blend of Banks rum, Courvoisier VS, Home-made salted butterscotch with Montezuma 72% Dark chocolate and Orange bitters. Max also decided to have a side of sweet treats to tempt the crowd. He provided guests with Butterscotch fondue with Montezuma 72% Dark chocolate buttons, Roly’s salted fudge and Home-made Boozy Banks Truffles.

Will Underwood of Valentinos cocktail bar created two cocktails for the evening of the Mix Off. Firstly ‘Sussex Heights’, this cocktail consisted of Blackdown gin, Spiced Honey Mead and Jade 1901. The second cocktail was named ‘Old English Gin and Tonic’, The ingredients for this cocktail were cucumber, lime, elderflower, Blackdown gin and tonic.

The winning concoction however was ‘The War of the Roses’ by Ali Bell of Plataeu, the cocktail was a blend of Four Rose Yellow Label bourbon, home-made cherry and apple jam, orange juice, lemon juice and grated dark chocolate. This unique concoction won Ali Bell his 2013 Brighton’s best bartender title, as well as pleasing a cocktail loving crowd!

So here come the thank you’s! … Firstly a big thank you is to the bartenders who took part in the event. Max Curzon-price from Hotel DuVin , Ali Bell from Plateau and William underwood from Valentinos.

We’d like to say BIG thank you to this year’s sponsors,Bulldog Gin, Koko kanu and Appleton Rum. The sponsors of the event play a big role in the cocktails created.

All Pictures courtesy of Julia Claxton

Belvedere Bloody Mary Competition, Brighton, UK. Video


Our Winners

Brighton Autumn Mix Off 2014 – Won by – Sarah Aoun or Drakes Hotel

Brighton Spring Mix Off 2014 – Won by – Paul De newtown of Ninja Bar 

Brighton Autumn Mix Off 2013 – Won by – Ali Bell of Plateau

Brighton Spring Mix Off 2012 – Won by – Robb Collins of Waterhouse Bar, The Hilton Brighton.

Kingston Food and Drink Festival 2012 – Won by –  Holly of Won by –Las Iguanas

Brighton Mini Mix Off 2012 – Sam Sidgwick of Above Audio

Brighton Mix Off 2011 – Won By – Dan Warren of Browns with Monkey Shoulder