Time is nearly up for creative bartenders to enter the Hernö Gin Cocktail Awards 2019 and give themselves the chance of winning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to visit the home of Hernö and compete in the global final in Sweden.
Taking place at Hernö Gin Distillery, in the heart of the High Coast of Sweden on the 23/24th August, the UK winners will receive an all expenses paid experience where they can show off their skills and explore a new world of cocktails with the world’s best bartenders.
The UK entry deadline is the 7th June and details on the brief and how to enter are below:
Create a cocktail to express your backyard.
Be creative, think outside of the box.
Write a description of your ideas and thoughts about the cocktail.
List the ingredients and describe your process.
Submission will be judged on: Drink name, taste and balance of ingredients and explanation and link to brief.
A maximum of five ingredients and a minimum of 35 ml of Hernö Gin (Old Tom or London Dry) is to be used in the cocktail.
Two UK finals will be held in June. One in the North and one in the South with a bartender from each going through to the global final in Sweden.
It all started back in 1999 when Jon Hillgren headed to London together with a few friends to start working as bartenders. He quickly discovered gin and instantly fell in love with it.
During the years that followed, Jon’s passion for the drink evolved into gin crafting, and after numerous gin tastings, academic studies and technical visits to distilleries around the world, Jon finally founded the Hernö Gin Distillery in 2011. At the time, it was Sweden’s first dedicated gin distillery and the world’s northernmost gin distillery.
The distillery is located in the village of Dala just outside the City of Härnösand in Ångermanland, Sweden. All part of the UNESCO world heritage area called The High Coast of Sweden, it is an area of real natural beauty.
Jon takes inspiration from this beauty to create a truly organic, artisan gin with the finest botanicals. To stay true to its Swedish heritage, the distillery is built in a traditional Swedish manor in wood painted in red and white.
Hernö is now available in 25 countries around the world and between 2012-17, Hernö was the most awarded gin in Europe. British Airways’s in-flight magazine ‘Highlife’ describes it as the best distillery in the world to taste gin.
Jon was recently inducted into the Gin Hall of Fame.