South Africa’s Best Bartenders to compete in the Angostura® Global Cocktail Challenge 2020 National

On Monday, 16 September, ten of South Africa’s finest bartenders will demonstrate their inventiveness and skill in a cocktail competition like no other as they find creative uses for world-famous ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters, Angostura® Rums and Amaro di ANGOSTURA®. 

The winner of the National Challenge will move on to the Africa & Middle East Regional to be held in Cyprus on the 2nd of October. The winner of the Regional challenge will then compete in the Final of the Angostura® Global Cocktail Challenge 2020 in Trinidad and Tobago on the 23rd of February 2020, where they’ll enjoy the experience of a lifetime, with visits to T&T’s famous steel bands and the chance to “play ’mas” in full costume in the country’s Carnival! 

The ultimate winner of the Final takes home a cash prize of US$10,000, the title of “Angostura® Global Cocktail Challenge Champion 2020”, and a two-year contract as Angostura’s® Global Brand Ambassador, providing an opportunity for the Champion to tour the world and influence bartenders to experiment and explore products in the Angostura portfolio.

The ten finalists in the South African National include:

Joseph Nicholls – Marble Restaurant

Thabiso Mabanna – Molecular Bars

Maynard Booyzen – Independent drinks consultant

Michael McAlpine – Saint Restaurant

Jody Rahme – Gorgeous George

Martin Strobos – Slo-Jo 

Peter Lebese – SIP Exclusive

Bruce Dorfling – Lucky Shaker

Butholezwe Dube – Saxon Hotel

Leighton Rathbone – Orphanage Cocktail Emporium

The competition will be held at The Course in Johannesburg.