A Manchester cocktail expert has reached the UK final of the most prestigious bartending competition with a drink he created for city centre restaurant Fumo.
Jamie Jones, who owns a bar consultancy business, created the bar programme at the San Carlo restaurant and has now beaten 45 other regional bartenders to make it to the next stages of the competition, thanks to his drink 'The Bulleivardier'.
He said: “The shock has not really sunk in yet.
“I am excited to see who else will be in the competition (another five finalists are still to be chosen) but the bartending world is a lot like a fraternity so I know some people already going. So regardless, I will have a nice time.”
As well as impressing with his bourbon and campari-based cocktail, Jamie also had to create three cocktails efficiently and accurately while maintaining a constant conversation with the judges.
He also had to sit a written exam on bourbon and identify the smells and flavours from a drink which was already made - and then reconstruct it.
He added: “It was extremely challenging. But I love bourbon so I was excited about the exam.
"I always say bourbon is my wife and gin is my mistress.”
But as yet he does not know what the UK final has in store for him.
Jamie started working in bars 10 years ago as a glass collector in Chester and worked his way up before starting his consultancy business ‘No Fixed Abode’ four years ago.