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Lebanese Mixologist, John Mansour, Shakes His Way Into Angostura`s Global Cocktail Challenge Finals

Ace bartender, John Mansour who represented Lebanon has won the Africa and Middle East Regional leg of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge 2018. John was up against four other top bartenders in a fierce competition.

John made two cocktails in just seven minutes. His Amaro Cocktail was called “Blood and Sun” and his Rum Cocktail was called “Butterfly Effect”.

Representing Lebanon, John’s philosophy is simple – mixology is not just about the best ingredients and a well-balanced delicious cocktail, it’s also about an unforgettable customer experience. That means, ensuring the craft delivers consistency, time after time.

With over 13 years mixology experience, John’s major achievements include managing a bar that was home to three different concept bars, reaching Top 3 in World Class Lebanon 2015 and consulting for various bars in Beirut.

John Mansour Winner Lebanon George Hunter Second Place South Africa Third Place Dido Assaad Tanzania Lebanese Mixologist, John Mansour, Shakes His Way Into Angostura`s Global Cocktail Challenge Finals

George Hunter (Second Place – South Africa), John Mansour (Winner – Lebanon), Dido Assaad (Third Place — Tanzania)

According to Head Judge, Michael Tomasic, “Cape Town outdid themselves, a great competition in a great location held by even better people. The competition from the Africa and Middle East Regional Final was of a very high calibre, the winner, John from Lebanon, will represent the region well come Angostura Global Final in Trinidad & Tobago next year where he’ll take on the rest of the World”

Andy Holmes, the representative of Angostura says, “For Angostura it marks the next stage of the Brands’ development in the region to hold our first Africa and Middle Eastern Regional Final here in Cape Town. We really value the support of our regional partners and all the passionate bartenders who’ve supported us in this journey to Cape Town. Real thanks go to DGB for helping co-ordinate the events and of course we’ll be excited to have John with us in Trinidad for the Global Final before Carnival. Irrespective we’ll want to continue the relationships we’ve built with all the finalists being part of the Angostura family.”

John Mansour Vanessa Nel DGB Marketing Manager and Andy Holmes Angostura Representative Lebanese Mixologist, John Mansour, Shakes His Way Into Angostura`s Global Cocktail Challenge Finals

John Mansour, Vanessa Nel (DGB) and Andy Holmes (Angostura)

John will now move on to the Final of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge 2018 to be hosted in Trinidad during February 2018. Finalists enjoy the experience of a lifetime while in Trinidad and Tobago, with a tour of the Angostura Distillery and Museum, visits to local steel bands, the chance to “play ’mas” in full costume on Carnival Tuesday, and much more! It’s no wonder that the Competition has grown from strength to strength —in fact, the AGCC 2016 saw the largest number of entrants to date: 287 participants, drawn from 900 entrants, competed from 36 countries.

The winner of The Final Heat will win the title of the “Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge 2018 Champion”, US$10,000 and a two-year contract to serve as the Angostura Global Brand Ambassador, representing Angostura aromatic bitters, Angostura orange bitters, Angostura Rums and Amaro di Angostura.