World Class Bartender Ali Reynolds Creates the One&only Ocean Club Cocktail - the First in the “#destinationsdistilled” Series

How do you capture the essence of an iconic Caribbean destination in a cocktail? Just ask the UK’s World Class best bartender, Ali Reynolds, who spent time in The Bahamas recently - exploring the iconic One&Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island and visiting local landmarks in Nassau - to interpret the destination through the art of mixology.

Ali’s signature cocktail was the first in the “#DestinationsDistilled” series, where six of the world’s best bartenders will each travel to one of six luxurious One&Only Resorts on a mission to create bespoke cocktails that distill each destination.

Mango, lime, coconut, sugar and Ron Zacapa rum (not to mention a blue macaw feather) were the key ingredients used by Reynolds in his creation of the bespoke One&Only Ocean Club cocktail. A diary of his journey and a “how-to” cocktail video have been released online.

“The Bahamas is extraordinarily beautiful and One&Only Ocean Club is in a class of its own in terms of hospitality and location. The gardens have an abundance of coconuts, while Chef Lester from Dune helped me source fresh mangoes, and at Potters Cay, an amazing market in Nassau, I found the limes,”says Reynolds, the UK’s best bartender and one of the top six bartenders chosen at the World Class Global Finals 2015. “I was fascinated by the 12th Century Cloisters which were shipped over brick by brick from France to the resort in the 1960s! As such, through the language of mixology, the cocktail speaks to both old world romance and new world exuberance.”

Bringing together the worlds of distinctive destination resorts and fine drinking experiences, “#DestinationsDistilled” is a global collaboration between iconic luxury brands, One&Only Resorts and Diageo Reserve World Class, and will see the other five World Class bartenders each travelling to a distinctive One&Only resort from Mexico and Australia to the Maldives and South Africa.

Long recognised as one of the world’s most exclusive resorts, One&Only Ocean Club unveiled enhancements in November, raising the bar on ultra-luxury in The Bahamas, while World Class is the most prestigious and respected bartender competition and programme in the world.

Apart from raising the standard of refined drinking experiences, World Class also positions bartenders as true craftsmen and women who are celebrated for their work in the art of hospitality.

The “#DestinationsDistilled” series is the first time that sophisticated mixology has been used to interpret destinations, bringing to life authentic experiences for discerning travellers. Signature ”#DestinationsDistilled” cocktails will be created using fine spirits from the Diageo Reserve portfolio, including Ron Zacapa rum, Tanqueray No TEN gin, Johnnie Walker Blue label, Ketel One vodka, Don Julio 1942 tequila and Mortlach single malt, reflecting the unique flavours and textures of each destination.

Notes to Editors:

  1. The top six World Class bartenders who will join in the global tour are Jack Sotti from Australia; Vítězslav Cirok from the Czech Republic; Ali Reynolds from the UK; Emmanouil Lykiardopoulos from Greece; Ariel Leizgold from Israel and World Class bartender of the year 2015, Michito Kaneko from Japan.

  2. Unique One&Only destinations which will be distilled into curated cocktails are One&Only Ocean Club in The Bahamas; One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico; One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives; Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley and One&Only Hayman Island in Australia and; One&Only Cape Town in South Africa.

  3. Cocktail culture has evolved over recent years, influencing spirit category growth, as seen in both the gin and whiskey categories which have become key ingredients in the cocktail movement owing to their distinctive tasting properties.

  4. There is a 5’ mini-documentary web-series being produced for each destination, whereby each episode features the bartender’s journey and inspiration behind his signature World Class cocktail. In addition, a How-to-Make video will be available for each signature cocktails.

Media inquiries please contact:

Destinations Distilled Campaign:
Megan Drury
C.S.A PR on behalf of Destinations Distilled Campaign
Tel: +27 21 433 0347 Mobile: +27 72 242 2875

One&Only Resorts:Ashley McBain
Vice President, Global Communications
Tel: +971 4 426 0325

Diageo Reserve/ World Class:
Alexandre Rodrigues
Global Head of Public Relations for World Class and Diageo Reserve Brands
Tel: +31 (0) 6 233 69087 Mobile: +31 (0) 208 90 2463

About Diageo Reserve

Diageo Reserve represents the luxury division of Diageo, a multi-award winning portfolio of fine spirits rich in heritage, craftsmanship and innovation.

The World Class Collection of brands includes: Cîroc Ultra Premium Vodka , Tanqueray No. TEN and Tanqueray London Dry gin, Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Platinum and Gold Label Reserve Scotch whiskies, Don JulioTequila,Ron Zacapa rum, Ketel One vodka, Haig Club single grain whisky, Bulleit bourbon, Talisker, Mortlach Scotch whisky and Singleton single malt whiskies.

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About Diageo Reserve World Class™

DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS™ is transforming fine drinking experiences and cocktail culture around the world and in the home. The industry’s largest, most credible investment in the luxury on trade, it discovers the next generation of bartending talent who set the latest mixology trends and bring these to the best bars worldwide.

At the core is an outstanding, global training programme and internationally recognised platform that elevates the craft of the bartender and builds careers in the industry culminating in an annual luxury landmark week where the DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS™ Bartender of the Year is announced. Launched in 2009, over 20,000 bartenders have been inspired and educated in the craft of mixology using the finest spirits in the DIAGEO RESERVE collection.

A partnership and collaboration with gurus, media, partners and owners, DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS™ is widely recognised as a mark of sophistication and distinction of international fine drinking culture by bartenders and customers alike.


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