Nathan O'Neill from The Merchant Hotel in Belfast has been named the UK winner of the Beefeater 24 Cocktail Competition.
The competition asked 12 bartenders to develop and serve a tea-infused cocktail incorporating Beefeater 24, which were judged on the creativity, originality, aroma, taste and presentation of their cocktail.
Nathan, who created the "Mr Burrough's Reviver", will now go on to compete in the global final on the 27 and 28 November at the Beefeater Distillery for the chance to be crowned Beefeater 24 Global Bartender 2012, as well as a trip to Japan.
As the UK winner, he has also received an exclusive Beefeater 24 Alessi Bartending Kit, a certificate, a trophy and a prestigious gold teapot.
Nathan O'Neill said: "Mr Burrough's Reviver is inspired by the flavours of the global trade in the 1860s when James Burrough himself would have been acquiring fruits, herbs, teas and spirits to create what we know today as Beefeater Gin.
"Danish Aquavit mixed with Parisian absinthe, infused with Lapsong tea, green tea syrup created from sencha and a dash of beautiful almond water complements the botanicals of Beefeater 24 to bring 19th century flavours to 21st century London."
Adam Boita, marketing manager, Pernod Ricard UK, said: "The judging panel was very impressed with all of the serves created and look forward to seeing the finalists from around the world competing for the title of Beefeater 24 Global Bartender 2012 and the trip of a lifetime to Japan.
By Lisa Jenkins
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