The Cocktail Lovers Magazine Issue 48



Bartenders, got what it takes to impress Simone Caporale and Ondrej Pospichal?

ByCocktail Lovers


If you’re a bartender, chances are you want to show off your talents to the very best in the drinks industry. And with Ondrej Pospichal and Simone Caporale heading up the judging panel at The Opihr World Adventure Cocktail Competition Grand Final 2018 that’s exactly what you could be doing.

Ondrej Pospichal and Simone Caporale are amongst the very best in the drinks world. Ondrej (above) has more than 15 years experience in the drinks industry. During this time he’s held positions at some of the most respected establishments in the world, including roles with leading global companies such as the Dorchester Hotel and M.A.S.H., London. Today as Spirits Evangelist at Proof & Company, Hong Kong & Macau, he conceptualizes, develops and implements bar programs for international luxury clients such as St. Regis, W and Renaissance hotels, as well as independent bars.

Simone is internationally renowned for his unique style and was key to the success of Artesian at The Langham, London, the internationally acclaimed bar which took the top spot in the World’s 50 Best Bars for an incredible four years. He now travels the world and is a founder of P(OUR), a  collective devoted to exploring new ideas, sharing information and exchanging inspiration within the drinks industry.

Simone Caporale
Simone Caporale (photo courtesy Addie Chinn,

Simone Caporale and Ondrej Pospichal will be joined at The Opihr World Adventure Cocktail Competition Grand Final by last year’s winner, Aaron Pollack, previously of the Dawson in Chicago, US.

Here’s what you need to do

Entry is simple, create a new cocktail inspired by an ingredient that is local to you and that also compliments the unique characteristics of Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin. Then take a photo and post it to Instagram, along with the story behind your cocktail and especially the use of your local ingredient. It’s important that you tag @opihrgin, include #OpihrWorld and geotag the city from where you’re posting.

The best entrants will be invited to a regional final in their home country to share the cocktail and its story. The winners from these will then be on their way to vibrant and colourful  Istanbul, for three days from 24th to 27th September, as they join their fellow bartenders from around the world. It’s also where they be stepping on stage to present to Simone, Ondrej and Aaron.

As Simone says, “It’s great to be part of a cocktail competition that’s not only celebrating local ingredients, but is ultimately encouraging bartenders to share with one another the knowledge of their country and culture to experiment with new flavours that they’ve learnt from one another.”

It’s a sentiment echoed by Ondrej, who adds, “Cocktails are all about the intricacy of ingredients and it’s fantastic that Opihr is championing local ingredients and encouraging bartenders to experiment with these in new and different ways”.

Not only will the winner take The Opihr World Adventure Cocktail Competition title, they’ll also get the opportunity to work with Opihr in an honorary ambassador role.

Get your entries in now

For full details see

If you think you’ve got what it takes to impress the judges get mixing and photographing now.

The Opihr World Adventure Cocktail Competition is open to entrants from Australia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, South East Asia and United Kingdom. The closing date for entries is 31st July

To read more about the competition see

For further information visit

Submit your entries at

Aaron Pollack
Picture of The Cocktail Lovers

The Cocktail Lovers

The Cocktail Lovers are Mr G and Ms S, a man and a woman who share a passion for cocktails. (We also happen to be married, so we’re cocktail lovers in more ways than one…)


Be the first to hear the latest news, get sneaky peeks inside upcoming issues of The Cocktail Lovers magazine, receive special offers and lots more. (And we promise we won’t share your details with anyone else).

To get the latest copy of our gorgeous print magazine just click on the cover!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


The Cocktail Lovers magazine is packed with features, fashion, food, travel, interviews, news, recipes – all written from a cocktail lover’s perspective. Published four times a year, take your pick from the luxurious print edition or get your fix in the page-turning digital format – either way, it couldn’t be easier to start a subscription or order back issues. And why keep all the cocktail goodness to yourself? Share the love by setting up a gift subscription. We ship pretty much everywhere in the world, so we’ve got you covered. Start your subscription today!

The Cocktail Lovers Magazine Issue 48
The Cocktail Lovers Magazine Issue 47
The Cocktail Lovers Magazine Issue 46
The Cocktail Lovers Magazine 45 Cover
The Cocktail Lovers Magazine Issue 48
The Cocktail Lovers Magazine Issue 48

JOIN us!

Join us at The Cocktail Lovers and be the first to hear the latest news, get our new magazine and receive specials offers. (And we don’t share your details with anyone else.)