Check out the United States Bartenders’ Guild’s invitation to participate in the United States Finlandia Vodka Cup qualifying round. The winner will earn an opportunity to compete in the 13th Annual International Finlandia Vodka Cup, Jan. 31-Feb. 3 in Finland. To compete, you must submit two original drink recipes: a Finlandia aperitif and a Finlandia long drink at www.usbg.org. The drinks will be judged on Dec. 20 and the winner announced on Dec. 21. The winner of the U.S. qualifying round will attend a training session in Las Vegas with USBG National Ambassador Tony Abou-Ganim, to practice for the final category in the International Finals in Finland. The finals will be the “Quick Mix,” an Iron Chef-style category where bartenders are provided with a mystery box of ingredients. To learn more about the Finlandia Vodka Cup, visit www.usbg.org.
Milk & Honey in London was voted the number one bar in the world for the second year in a row by a poll of 700 bar pros from 50 countries conducted for UK magazine Drinks International. New York dominated the results, with PDT second, Milk & Honey New York fourth, Pegu Club sixth, Death & Company seventh and Employees Only eighth. Two other U.S. bars, The Standard in LA and Mangos in Florida, made the list. Six UK bars made it into the top 50. Here's the top 10 in order: Milk & Honey, London; PDT; Harry’s Bar, Venice; Milk & Honey, New York; Buddha Bar, Paris; Pegu Club; Death & Company; Employees Only; Harry’s New York Bar, Paris; and Academy, London.