Brockmans Gin is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Brockmans World Gin Day competition, a contest to find the world’s favorite #Brocktail created using the “gin like no other.”

This year’s competition attracted a record 273 entries from bars in 18 countries around the world. By public vote, bartender Maksim Evseev, chief bartender at the Brothers Bar and Grill in Vladivostok, Russia took home first place with his Brockmans Gin Papillon cocktail.

1st Place Cocktail Papillon

1st Place Cocktail Papillon

In second place was Joseph Miller, bartender at the Blackfriars Restaurant & Banquet Hall in Friars Street, Newcastle with his Ping’s Obsession cocktail.

2nd-Place Cocktail Ping's Obsession

2nd Place Cocktail Ping’s Obsession

Third place was Andrea Forni, bartender at La Gintoneria di Davide Bistro in Milan, Italy with his Candyland cocktail.

3rd Place Cocktail Candyland

3rd Place Cocktail Candyland

All three earn an expenses-paid trip to Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, a magnet for the bar-tending profession each year, as guests of Brockmans Gin.

“Honestly, I didn’t expect to enter the top three, let alone take first place,” Evseev said in a press release.

“About 300 participants from around the world: the victory seemed almost unreal. But dreams come true! I am grateful to my Brothers Bar team, friends and kith who believed and supported me in voting. I am happy and it is an honor.”

In addition to the global winners, five United States-based bartenders received Merit Awards as top vote getters in their respective markets. The U.S. ‘Brocktail’ Merit Award winners include:

VooDoo Child by Jasmin Pachecho, Bartender at Finka Table & Tap in Miami, FL

Raspberree’s Knees by Steve Nichols, Bartender at Mathews Food & Drink in Jersey City, NJ

The Lusty Goodbye by Megan Rainwater, Bartender at Butter & Scotch in Brooklyn, NY

B.You.Tiful by Victoria Tenzyk, Bartender at Hub & Spoke in Bridgeport, CT

Brockmans Bramble by Adam Dennis, Bartender at Encore Casino in Boston, MA

As guests of Brockmans Gin, the three global winners and five U.S. Merit Award winning bartenders will join the most respected minds in mixology at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans,the world’s premier cocktail festival and spirits industry event.

“Once again we set a record for the number of entries to what has become a fixture in the bartending calendar,” Laura Motson, Global Brand Manager for Brockmans Gin, said in a release.

“Last year saw 242 entries and this year was a record at 273 entries from across the world. Brockmans is sold in 40 countries and in a little over a decade has grown to become one of the world’s most popular spirits. We thank each and every one of the entrants for their brilliant creativity and I heartily congratulate the global and country winners.”