Success for World Gin Day contest as local winner is crowned in a global competition.

The Brockmans World Gin Day 2018 competition to find the world’s favourite #Brocktail – a cocktail created using the ‘gin like no other’ –  attracted entries from bars in 18 countries. World Gin Day was on 9th June. However, despite the competition, Kal Ruparell from Leicester was crowned as victor with runners-up from Russia and Portugal.

Brockmans is described as a gin like no other because of its distinctive taste profile with notes of blueberry, blackberry and bitter-sweet orange peel.  Bars love to serve this gin as customers find it deliciously different. By the end of 2018, Brockmans Gin will be available in 40 countries and in many of these markets is one of the fastest growing super-premium gins.

There were 242 entries, more than double the number of entries received last year, from bar-tenders and the winners were chosen through a public vote.

After nine days of voting– with thousands of votes cast from across the world through social media – one winner and two runners-up have been selected.

Voters had a chance of winning prizes from Brockmans Gin. The three chosen bar-tenders will be treated to a trip to Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans – one of the world’s biggest and most glamorous events for those who work in the drinks trade. They will be guests of Brockmans Gin.

Winner and local bartender Kal Ruparell, 37, who owns and runs 33 Cank Street is already a multiple-prize winner but says that this is the biggest cocktail prize he’s won to date. He says:

“I am extremely pleased and proud to have successfully competed against so many bar-tenders from so many countries around the world. I see this as a win for all the bars in Leicester, helping put the City firmly on the map”.

His bar, which seats 30 customers inside and 15-20 outside, serves around 350 customers a week, mostly at weekends. “We have a varied menu of which 95% of our serves are cocktails,” says Kal. “Of these cocktails, 90% are our own creations although of course we sell classic cocktails too. Gin is of huge importance and Brockmans is popular on our menu. It is a brand that is always on the bar and when we produce special Brockmans cocktails we get through 3 or even 4 bottles a week. The Betty Brown [the winning ‘Brocktail’] is a particular favourite at the moment”.

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