A NEW bar champion was crowned at a cocktail competition in Cirencester this week.

Four cocktail connoisseurs showed off their mixology skills at Téatro bar and restaurant in Cirencester on World Cocktail Day, Monday, May 13, but only one was victorious.

Ryan Walters, of Téatro, fought off competition from Asha Indian Kitchen's Harrison Vine, Seventeen Black’s senior mixologist James Stone and Cirencester Park Polo Club Bar and Brasserie’s Bogdan Martin and was named Cirencester's Cocktail King 2024 for his top-scoring Pineapple Blanco cocktail. 

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Bogdan Martin, Ryan Walters, Harrison Vine and James StoneBogdan Martin, Ryan Walters, Harrison Vine and James Stone (Image: Straight PR)

His winning concoction was a delicious mixture of tequila, pineapple juice, lime juice, raspberry syrup and prosecco. 

The talent barman's Pomegranate Pineapple mocktail - a blend of Seedlip Grove, pineapple juice, lime juice, pomegranate and Grenadine - also won the non-alcoholic round.

Mr Walters said: “It was a bit of fun but I cannot take all of the credit, our head barman and manager, Arran Fowler, designs most of the drinks here, and they are exceptional. 

"All of the cocktails were great and it was cool to try what the others are doing at the moment.”

Jono Rooke, of Straight PR, judged the cocktail entries and Omer Rahim, co-owner of Dosa Park Cirencester, rated the mocktails.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Co-owner of Dosa Park Cirencester Omer Rahim judged the contestants' mocktailsCo-owner of Dosa Park Cirencester Omer Rahim judged the contestants' mocktails (Image: Straight PR)

Mr Rahim said: “The competition was tough, but Ryan was a worthy winner.

"I enjoyed meeting some new people from other businesses in the town."
Asha India Kitchen owner Foyez Rahman said: “Harrison makes a mean cocktail and we tried something a little different with ginger and coconut, but it was just not meant to be.

"Better luck next year.”