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Canadian Bartender Crowned Beefeater MIXLDN 2015 Champion


Beefeater Master Distiller Desmond Payne and Beefeater MIXLDN Global
Bartender Competition Champion Evelyn Chick


Beefeater Gin has announced Canada's Evelyn Chick as the winner of the 2015 Beefeater MIXLDN Global Bartender Competition in London

TORONTO, Feb. 3, 2016 /CNW/ - Beefeater has crowned Evelyn Chick from Toronto, Canada as the winner of its global 2015 Beefeater MIXLDN Cocktail Competition. Against fierce competition from 31 international finalists, her winning cocktail – Endless English Summers – evoked the competition's theme of "The Evolution of London" and wowed judges and industry experts.

Evelyn Chick was selected to represent Canada after defeating top bartenders from across the country in a national competition organized by Corby's own Ryan Powell, Trade Marketing Manager of Education and Kim Creighton, Beefeater Brand Manager. After local contests in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto, the top two mixologists from each city competed in an ultimate showdown at Toronto's THR & Co. After impressing a panel of 4 judges, Evelyn was declared the winner for Canada and went on to compete in – and win! – the global Beefeater MIXLDN finals on January 29th in London.

"This is an incredible achievement that showcases Canada at the forefront of the global cocktail culture," says Maxime Kouchnir, VP of Marketing, Corby Spirit and Wine. "It is not only a true testament to the quality of bartending in Canada, but also the quality of training and brand education. This win speaks great volumes to the talent in this country, and we couldn't be any prouder of Evelyn's accomplishment."

Evelyn's victory earns her the role of Beefeater's Apprentice Brand Ambassador, giving her the opportunity to support the brand's team of Global Ambassadors for one year. Following in-depth one-to-one training at Beefeater: The Home of Gin in London, Evelyn will represent Beefeater at exclusive events all around the world. As the reigning champion, she will also travel to some of the world's most prestigious bartender events, such as the Moscow Bar Show and the Berlin Bar Convent.

"I am so excited and honoured to have picked up the top award at the Beefeater MIXLDN Global Bartender Competition," says Evelyn Chick, Beefeater MIXLDN 2015 Global Champion. "The level of talent this year was exceptional and my fellow contestants delivered some truly memorable drinks […] I'm looking forward to travelling around the world representing Beefeater, learning more about this iconic London Dry Gin and making delicious cocktails along the way!"

In celebration of Evelyn Chick's achievement, she has provided the recipe for her award-winning Gin cocktails. Please enjoy our products responsibly.

Endless English Summers cocktail:
1.75oz Beefeater Gin
0.5oz Fino Sherry (Tio Pepe)
0.5 oz 'Green Park Cordial'
6 drops salted Pernod

Green Park Cordial:
1 1/4 kg granulated white sugar
2 unwaxed lemons
1/2 pomelo (peel & fruit)
1 fennel bulb
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 barspoon fennel pollen
62g citric acid
750ml water

Pre chill stirring glass. Combine Beefeater London Dry gin, Fino sherry, 'Green Park Cordial' and salted Pernod in the glass. Add ice and stir to dilute (about 20 - 30 stirs). Strain into a chilled Nick & Nora glass. Garnish with a pomelo peel, cut and placed on the rim of the glass. Enjoy!

About Corby
Corby Spirit and Wine Limited is a leading Canadian marketer and distributor of spirits and imported wines. Corby's portfolio of owned-brands includes some of the most renowned brands in Canada, including J.P. Wiser's®, Lot No. 40®, Pike Creek®, and Gooderham & Worts® Canadian whiskies as well as Lamb's® rum, Polar Ice® vodka and McGuinness® and Criollo® liqueurs. Through its affiliation with Pernod Ricard S.A., a global leader in the spirits and wine industry, Corby also represents leading international brands such as ABSOLUT® vodka, Chivas Regal®, The Glenlivet® and Ballantine's® Scotch whiskies, Jameson® Irish whiskey, Beefeater® gin, Malibu® rum, Kahlúa® liqueur, Mumm® champagne, and Jacob's Creek®, Wyndham Estate®, Stoneleigh®, Campo Viejo®, Graffigna® and Kenwood® wines. In 2015, Corby was named one of the 50 Best Workplaces in Canada by The Great Place to Work® Institute Canada for the fourth consecutive year, and was also listed for the second time among Greater Toronto's Top 100 Employers. Corby is a publicly traded company based in Toronto, Ontario, and listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbols CSW.A and CSW.B. For further information, please visit our website or follow us on LinkedInTwitter (@CorbySW), and Instagram (@CorbySW).


Beefeater MIXLDN Global Bartender Competition Champion Evelyn Chick with her winning cocktail creation: Endless English Summers