diageo reserve world class- raising the barWORLD CLASS seeks to identify the finest and most creative bartenders currently practising their craft. Conducted through a six month series of competitions and challenges in 39  countries, and culminating in the DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year global final, to be held during July in New Dehli . Previous global finals have been held in London in 2009 and Athens in 2010.

Each country participating in the challenge hosts a series of qualifying heats, and then national finals, to select the most talented and inspirational bartenders. The local winners then come together in New Dehli to compete in aketel one vodka further series of challenges- with one ultimately to be awarded the title of DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year 2011. Amongst Asian countries participating are India, Japan, Australia, and Singapore, Malaysia & Indonesia.

DIAGEO, as the world’s leading premium drinks company, organises and hosts the global events through it’s luxury brands division- DIAGEO RESERVE. The RESERVE brand portfolio includes Ketel One vodka, Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Tanqueray No.TEN gin, Zacapa rum,  The Singelton single malt whisky. The WORLD CLASS programme was inaugurated as a focus for educating and inspiring bartenders to create exceptional cocktails. And as a celebration of a new era of refined drinking, with the appreciation of  both classic cocktails of the past, and the new taste boundaries now being pushed by contemporary mixologists.

WORLD CLASS Singapore, Malaysia & Indonesia have just completed their third and final of the challenge rounds and the regional finals are to be held in Singapore on June 13th. As a showcase for the best cocktails from the challenges in Singapore, four signature drinks from the first two challenges have been selected for inclusion in any cocktail aficionado’s “little black book” of cocktails. All of these drinks are now available on the menus of the venues as listed.


patricks signature ron zacapa“Patrick’s Signature Ron Zacapa”

Bartender– Myat Zaw Win a.k.a. Patrick from “Tippling Club” in Singapore

Notes Juxtaposing hot & cold, with warmed Ron Zacapa rum served neat alongside a nitro frozen chocolate meringue on a bed of white chocolate rocks and orange jelly with edible skin

Challenge Rum & service ritual challenge C- 1st place







world class cocktails Ketel Kurrie by Raveen Misra (Nektar) “Ketel Kurrie”

Bartender- Raveen Misra, from Nektar in Singapore

Notes although the curry leaf is often associated with Indian cuisine, it is n fact very much a main ingredient in most Southeast Asian cuisines- be it Malay, Peranakan or Chinese.
Playing on the herb’s versatlity and creating a cocktail that on it’s own encompasses the piquant, earthy notes that embodies Southeast Asian cuisine, this surprising and well balanced drink combines Ketel One vodka, air dried curry leaves, pink grapefruit juice, Tahitian lime juice, Benedictine D.O.M., topped off with Balinese saffron.

Challenge Vodka & local produce challenge C- 1st place





world class cocktails- indulgence in the clouds “Indulgence in the Clouds”

Bartender Akihiro  Eguchi, from Orgo in Singapore

Notes- A dreamy combination of truffle infused Ron Zacapa rum, homemade chocolate cream and virgin sugarcane honey.

Challenge Rum & service ritual challenge C- 3rd place







world class cocktails- hello mother “Hello Mother”

Bartender- Myat Zaw Win a.k.a. Patrick- from Tippling Club in Singapore

Notes- Paying tribute to his mother and home country, this simple but memorable serve combines Ketel One vodka, Burmese citrus, homemade bitters and honey water made from an uncommon Burmese honey specially sourced and imported for this drink. Drip bottles containing the main ingredients are provided for guests to add to taste.

Challenge– “Vodka & local produce challenge C- 3rd place





Selected winning cocktails from the third and final Singapore challenge- “Single malts & food pairing”- will be featured in an upcoming article.

And asia-bars.com will be featuring a  full photo coverage of the regional WORLD CLASS Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia finals– in June.



WORLD CLASS Global Finals Facebook Page

WORLD CLASS Singapore, Malaysia & Indonesia Facebook Page

Nektar Facebook Page

Tippling Club Facebook Page

Orgo Bar & Lab