It has now been five years of following the exciting and competitive race: the Diageo World Class Bartender, in Kenya.
Each year Kenyan bars, restaurants and hotels bring forward their best mixologists to battle it out against other drinks masters, with guidelines from Diageo World Class. The competitors have to use spirits from the Diageo’s reserve portfolio such as Johnnie Walker, Cîroc, Ketel One Vodka, Tanqueray No. TEN, Zacapa, Bulleit Bourbon, Don Julio, and a fine collection of single malts. These are brands that the Kenyans are likely to be seen ordering at their favourite spots.
One such spot is the Zing Bar at the DusitD2 hotel which, sadly, was attacked by a terrorist gang in January 2019 where Angeliqua, the winner of the 2019 World Class Bartender Kenya works. On the day of the finale, Angeliqua and her colleagues had their heads held up and were in high spirits serving their cocktails.
Angeliqua Rivera who was part of the 42 bartenders competing this year also competed last year. She’d been pitted to win by industry pundits mainly because her drinks are innovative and delicious and her craftsmanship stood out from the rest. The bartender created a signature cocktail dubbed ‘Fallen heros’ in honour of her colleagues.
“It has been tough for us having gone through what we went through but through hard work, determination and the support of my colleagues I was able to pull through this competition.” Angeliqua Riviera
Being one of the few women bartending here in Kenya she encourages other women and young girls to join her.
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