Vikram K.U from Blue Bar, Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi recently won the inaugural edition of North American Whiskey Cocktail Championship held in India by a four-member panel comprising Vikram Achanta, Co-Founder and CEO of Tulleeho; Vaibhav Singh, Founder, Perch Wine & Coffee Bars; Jay Malik, Senior Brand Manager – MENA, Brown-Forman and Vineet Agrawal, Head of Marketing – India Area, Brown-Forman.
As the grand prize winner, Vikram will now be going on a guided tour to the iconic Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee and the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky. He impressed the judges with his recipe “The Amazing Grace” that he made with walnut and fig infused-Woodford Reserve, spice syrup, homemade spice bitters and lemon bitter.
A visibly excited Vikram said, “I am thrilled to win such a prestigious competition and am really looking forward to visit the Jack Daniel’s and Woodford Reserve distilleries for a glimpse into the making of these fine whiskeys. I have really worked hard and put in a lot of effort in creating my recipe, which is inspired from the inherent flavors of Woodford Reserve complemented by local Indian spices. I thank Brown-Forman for giving me such a great platform and opportunity to showcase my skills.”
The 15 finalists were shortlisted from across India with representation from multiple cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Gurgaon, Bangalore and Chennai; all the shortlisted cocktails were original recipes created by the participating mixologists.
Speaking on the championship, Vineet Agrawal, Head of Marketing, India Subcontinent and Maldives, Brown-Forman Worldwide LLC said, “The jury was impressed with the creativity demonstrated by the participants and the innovative presentation techniques on display. The talent showcased promises a great future for the cocktail culture in India. While it wasn’t an easy task to pick the winner, Vikram was the deserving winner of the first North American Whiskey Cocktail Championship.”