A gruelling regional ‘Bourbon Battle’ hosted by handcrafted Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, Rebel Yell has declared Canadian-born East London local Mikey Pendergast to be the South of England’s Best Bourbon Bartender – making him one step closer to a dream trip to Kentucky.
With a place secured at the UK’s final ‘Bourbon Battle’ in London on June 17th, if Mikey proves successful, he will be heading to Lux Row Distillers in Kentucky, US where Rebel Yell is distilled. Here, amidst the backdrop of the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Mikey will compete in the global competition final which takes place on September 19th. Pitted against seven other bartender hopefuls, Mikey shook it out at The Vault in Soho where spectators watched in awe as each stepped up to create their ‘Lucky 7s’ combination – a Rebel Yell-based cocktail using no more than seven ingredients and taking no longer than seven minutes to make.
Judges included Michele Reina (Rebel Yell European Brand Ambassador), Russell Burgess (Consultant at Wet & Dry) and Samantha Ryan (Digital & Content Assistant at DrinkUp.London) who rated each semi-finalist’s cocktail against the following criteria: appearance; aroma; creativity; taste and overall impression.
‘If You Don't Dance Then Sit Down’
50ml Rebel Yell Bourbon
1 Bar Spoon Franks Hot Sauce
10ml Monin Mango Syrup
10ml Greek Eucalyptus Honey
20ml Lemon Juice~
2 Drops Ms. Betters Miracle Foamer / 1 Egg White
Method: Shake and strain ingredients into a cocktail glass. Garnish with silver dill popcorn.