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The Distillery triumphs in the IX Vermouth Route-Contest in Bilbao Bizkaia

Mairenis Gomez

May 24, 2024 | 7:00 p.m.

The magic of vermouth in Bilbao: a competition of flavor and tradition

Yesterday, in the IX edition of the vermouth route-contest prepared from Bilbao-Bizkaia, I witnessed an event that encapsulates the essence of our local culture and the passion for authentic flavors. The Distillery, an emblem of mixology in the city, took the top honor in a competition that brought together the most prominent bartenders in the region.

Traditions and flavors that define a city

At La Destilería, located at 22 Gregorio de la Revilla Street, Juan Calderón has perfected the creation of a vermouth that not only seduces the palate, but also tells the story of a city through its ingredients. This cocktail, made with Cinzano Rosso, Campari, mamajuana, Laphroaig whiskey, Angostura, piperras water and an orange twist, not only impressed the jury but also captured the essence of Bilbao in every sip.

Accompanied by a gilda dipped in piperrada, Juan's vermouth represents innovation within tradition, a testament to how classic flavors can be reinvented in the hands of those who respect and value their cultural heritage. It's not only a drink; It is a liquid story of our identity.

A competition that celebrates excellence and creativity

The contest, organized by Bilbao Centro and Cinzano Vermouth, began with more than 120 participants, was narrowed down to 22 semi-finalists and culminated in an exciting final at the Ercilla hotel. In addition to La Destilería, other establishments such as Café Bar Las Torres, Mola Lounge Bar, Aritz restaurant, La Morrocotuda and Appairage Bilbao, showed their best creations, demonstrating the richness and diversity of vermouth in our region.

In addition, The jury, made up of renowned figures such as Aitana Ávila from MasterChef and Giuseppe Santamaría from the Campari Group, evaluated each proposal not only for its flavor, but also because of how each blend reflected the character of Bilbao and Bizkaia. This event was not only a contest, but a celebration of the passion and art behind each vermouth prepared.

The Distillery triumphs in the IX Vermouth Route-Contest in Bilbao Bizkaia

The impact on the community and the preservation of tradition

Winning this contest means more than receiving a prize; It is an affirmation of the quality and creativity that Bilbao offers to the world of cocktails.. These types of events strengthen our community, promote gastronomic tourism and help preserve our culinary traditions for future generations.

Without a doubt, La Destilería's victory in this competition is a reminder that, in the world of vermouth, there are no impossible ingredients or secret recipes. What really counts is the love for what you do, the respect for tradition and the audacity to innovate. This is how Bilbao continues to make history, one vermouth at a time.

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