Competing against 5 other top bartenders, Sin+Tax’s bartender George Hunter won the South African national leg of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge 2018.

Making two cocktails in just seven minutes, he created an Amaro Cocktail using Amaro Di Angostura called “Amaro-A-Day”, and a Rum Cocktail using Angostura’s 7 Year Old Rum and Angostura aromatic bitters called “Orphic”.

“Feeling truly humbled to have won such a prestigious competition. I am extremely excited to represent South Africa with amazing products like the Amaro Di Angostura, the unmatched quality of Angostura Bitters and their award-winning rum range. Looking forward to the next stage.” says Hunter.

According to Head Judge, Dino Jose Batista, the standard of entries was extremely high. “Recipes truly showcased interesting expressions of the Angostura range and what a mixologist is able to achieve with such distinguished products. What sealed the deal for me with George Hunter, was the balance of his cocktails and the interesting combinations he managed to incorporate in his drinks with no one element overshadowing the other.” says Batista.

George will now move on to The Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge 2018: Africa and Middle East Regional, that will take place in Cape Town on 23 October 2017. Following this heat, the winner of the Regional will move on to the Final of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge 2018 to be hosted in Trinidad during February 2018.