Angostura Global Cocktail Regional Winner, John Mansour (pic supplied).

Bartender John Mansour was up against four other top bartenders in a fierce competition for the title of  Africa and Middle East Regional leg of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge.

Mansour made two cocktails in just seven minutes. 

His Amaro Cocktail was called “Blood and Sun” and his Rum Cocktail was called “Butterfly Effect”.

Representing Lebanon, Mansour’s philosophy is simple – mixology is not just about the best ingredients and a well-balanced delicious cocktail, it’s also about an unforgettable customer experience. 

That means, ensuring the craft delivers consistency, time after time.

With over 13 years mixology experience, Mansour’s major achievements include managing a bar that was home to three different concept bars, reaching Top 3 in World Class Lebanon 2015 and consulting for various bars in Beirut.

John Mansour, Vanessa Nel (DGB Marketing Manager) and Andy Holmes (Angostura Representative) Pic Supllied

According to Head Judge, Michael Tomasic, “Cape Town outdid themselves, a great competition in a great location held by even better people. 

The competition from the Africa and Middle East Regional Final was of a very high calibre, the winner, John from Lebanon, will represent the region well come Angostura Global Final in Trinidad & Tobago next year where he'll take on the rest of the World”

Mansour will now move on to the Final of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge 2018 to be hosted in Trinidad during February 2018. 

Finalists enjoy the experience of a lifetime while in Trinidad and Tobago, with a tour of the Angostura Distillery and Museum, visits to local steel bands, the chance to “play ’mas” in full costume on Carnival Tuesday, and much more.

The winner of The Final Heat will win the title of the “Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge 2018 Champion”, US$10,000 (R138 200) and a two-year contract to serve as the Angostura Global Brand Ambassador, representing Angostura aromatic bitters, Angostura orange bitters, Angostura Rums and Amaro di Angostura.