Callum Baines wins 1800 Tequila Visionaries

Callum Baines from Treacle Bar & Kitchen, Edinburgh has been crowned the winner of 1800 Tequila’s Visionaries Competition.

Bartenders across the UK were tasked with creating a cocktail that demonstrates what consumers may be drinking in 20 years’ time. 

“It’s an absolute privilege to have been chosen by these judges, and I’m thrilled I’ll soon get to immerse myself in all things tequila in the heat of Tequila itself,” said Baines.

His cocktail ‘Make Tequila Great Again’, combined 1800 Reposado, oak wood smoke, cactus and aloe syrup, lemon juice and Boston Bittahs served in a mug.

Baines’s inspiration came from the notion of global warming impacting resources of natural water and fresh ingredients in the future and he will now visit the 1800 distillery in Mexico as a reward.

The five other finalists included; Amy Swanton from The Aviator Hotel, Farnborough, Jonathan Shaw from One Goose Entry, Belfast, Peter Konkoly from Coya Mayfair, London, Radslaw Rozycki from The Cocktail Trading Co., London and Sofiane Barthelemy from the Library Bar at The Lanesborough, London.