The World's Best Bartender Heads For One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico

The Next Destination to be Distilled Through the Art of Mixology

Long known as one of the world’s most exclusive and ultra-luxury resorts, One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico, will host the world’s best bartender, Michito Kaneko, on 7 March 2016. Michito will travel from his hometown of Nara in Japan, to create and craft a cocktail using fine spirits from Diageo Reserve portfolio that embodies the essence of the resort and the destination of Mexico.

One&Only Resorts and Diageo Reserve World Class have collaborated to bring together the worlds of distinctive destination resorts, award-winning spirits and fine drinking experiences, with Kaneko’s visit to One&Only Palmilla being the second in the #DestinationsDistilled series.

In #DestinationsDistilled, six of the world’s best bartenders will each travel to one of six luxurious One&Only resorts, all of which will result in a complete menu of specially curated and inspired cocktails.

The winner of the prestigious 2015 World Class Bartender of the Year competition, Michito Kaneko, is considered the personification of Japanese hospitality and brings a subtle creativity and impeccable technique to craft cocktail culture.

“Travelling to Mexico, a country I have never been to is an exciting challenge,” says Michito Kaneko. “My approach to the art of mixology is to create harmony between the spirit, ingredients and textures. As my hometown is filled with nature, art, beauty and craftsmanship, these are all characteristics that I hope will come to define the cocktail I create for One&Only Palmilla.”

Diageo Reserve World Class is the world’s most prestigious and respected bartender competition, culminating in an annual global final in which the best bartenders from 54 countries compete to be crowned the best bartender in the world.

“Similar to how chefs are appreciated for their craft, World Class is doing likewise with bartenders, all of which are revolutionizing the craft of cocktail making - presenting it as authentic, sophisticated and entertaining,” says Matteo Fantacchiotti, Global Reserve Commercial Vice President.

One&Only Palmilla is the dining destination in Cabo San Lucas on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, and offers a host of culinary experiences featuring signature restaurants and bars to entice gourmands and those seeking the freshest farm to table options in the most memorable of settings.

With a large variety of dining experiences, the resort features steakhouse SEARED, with Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten who also continues to collaborate with guest favourite, Suviche restaurant, a nod to Michito’s homeland, using freshest ingredients from the region and beyond. Beloved Chef Larbi Dahrouch, meanwhile, focuses on authentic Mexican cuisine at the renowned Agua by Larbi, and the resort also has its very own organic herb garden - a firm favourite for the resort’s chefs, and where many dishes take their aromas. From sage to rosemary, thyme, mint, basil, cilantro, hoja santa, epazote and different types of indigenous chilies, Michito will be sure to find some ingredients and inspiration for his signature One&Only Palmilla cocktail here.

“We are very excited to be working with the world’s top six bartenders, and look forward to tasting Michito’s interpretation of One&Only Palmilla,” says Helen McCabe-Young, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, One&Only Resorts. “He brings a uniquely Asian refinement to his craft and I know the sophisticated mixology experience is definitely something our guests will enjoy.”

Over the next few months, other World Class bartenders will travel to One&Only Hayman Island and Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley in Australia, One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives and One&Only Cape Town in South Africa. They will be creating signature #DestinationsDistilled cocktails 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 malts, reflecting the unique flavours and textures of each destination.

Notes to Editors:

  1. The top six World Class bartenders who will feature in #DestinationsDistilled 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. Kicking off the #DestinationsDistilled campaign, the UK’s best bartender, Ali Reynolds, visited One&Only Ocean Club in The Bahamas in February and created the first signature cocktail in the series. The diary episode and “how to” cocktail-making video will premier online on One&Only Resort’s YouTube Channel: and World Class’ YouTube Channel:

  4. Interpreting the iconic destination, Michito will reveal his signature One&Only Palmilla cocktail in an exclusive event at the resort on 7 - 11March, to media, tastemakers and guests.

For Media inquiries, please contact:

#DestinationsDistilled Campaign:
Megan Drury
C.S.A PR Agency
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 Julio Tequila, Ron Zacapa rum, Ketel One vodka, Haig Club single grain whisky, Bulleit bourbon, Talisker, Mortlach and Singleton single malt Scotch 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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