11th Annual Most Imaginative Bartender Competition - Brittany Olsen Shows How Creative Mixology Can Get

Brittney Olsen (Breakroom 86) overcame some fierce competition to be chosen the Regional Los Angeles winner of the 11th Annual Most Imaginative Bartender Competition presented by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin.

This battle of mixologists was hosted by the United States Bartenders’ Guild at LONO in Los Angeles. The competition featured such top Los Angeles mixologists including; Adam Fournier, Miguel Lopez, Tanya Orellana, Sherwood Souzankari, Johan Stein, Ryan Wainwright, Yvonne Chu, Heidi Wittekind and eventual winner Brittney Olsen.

Brittney Olsen (Breakroom 86)

Brittney beat out bartenders from Los Angeles, San Diego, and Hawaii showcasing the artistry that goes into making an imaginative cocktail. This summer, Brittney and 11 other top mixologists from across North America will head to England – the home of Bombay Sapphire and its Laverstoke Distillery – to vie for the 2017 North American title. In advance of the finale, all 12 finalists will head to New Orleans in July for the annual trade festival, Tales of a Cocktail, where the competitors will meet for the first time and have the opportunity to participate in a number of seminars led by industry leaders.

“It’s such an honor to be recognized for my cocktail after competing against some of the best bartenders in the region,” says Olsen, “So many previous MIB winners have gone on to become such an inspiration in the bartending community, so it’s thrilling to be one step closer to being a part of that legacy. This competition always brings out an exceptional level of artistry, showcased through mixology, and I cannot wait to continue on this journey and learn from my peers. Representing Los Angeles in England this summer is going to be an invaluable experience for my career.”

Prepping for the Competition



The competition was open to LA’s crowd of cocktail aficionados where both guests and judges gathered at LONO to sample cocktails made by the region’s top talent. After the daunting task of tasting each cocktail, the panel of judges named Los Angeles’s Brittney and her “Snow Don’t Fall” cocktail as the evening’s “Most Imaginative” based on appearance, aroma, imagination, and taste.

The 11th Annual North American finals will take place in England this August.

The winning cocktail recipe, Snow Don’t Fall:
1.5oz Bombay Sapphire Gin
0.75oz Shitake curacao
0.5 oz lime juice
1.5oz cantaloupe and coconut water puree
Method: Shake all ingredients and funnel into glass vessel. Fine strain. Garnish with dry ice, dried orange peel, green tea in bowel over vessel. Pour hot green tea over garnish to serve.

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About the USBG
The United States Bartenders’ Guild is an organization of beverage service professionals dedicated to the continued refinement of our craft. Such refinement is achieved through advanced product education; original hand crafted cocktail competitions; and aggressive involvement with other professionals in the beverage industry throughout the country and internationally. It is our intention, desire and main focus to become the most skilled, knowledgeable and professional group of bartenders in the industry. Above all, the United States Bartenders’ Guild supports and promotes well-informed, responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages.

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ABOUT BOMBAY SAPPHIRE
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® is the world’s fastest growing premium Gin and number one premium Gin by value. BOMBAY SAPPHIRE is created with a unique combination of ten sustainably sourced botanicals from around the globe. The brand’s signature distillation process known as vapour infusion is showcased at the BREEAM award-winning Laverstoke Mill Distillery in Hampshire, England. The vapour infusion process skillfully captures the natural flavors of the botanicals which results in the Gin’s smooth, complex taste. Awarded a double gold medal in the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE is consistently recognized for crafting the finest quality gin. For more information, please explore www.bombaysapphire.com.

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