Spirited city mixer is world number one on inverness-courier.co.uk

Written byLaurence Ford

INVERNESS has its very own world champion – and that’s official.

Thirty-year-old Grant Murray has just returned from London where he won the prestigious Cherry Heering Classic Cocktail challenge 2016 title.

Grant, who lives in the Lochardil area, is the general manager of two popular Inverness bars, Scotch and Rye and Bar One – founded by his brother Scott – both of which have established themselves as leading movers and shakers on the city cocktail scene.

To win the title, Grant shook his way to victory against an incredible 2582 competitors from 46 different countries with his cocktail called “Brace Position” which contains a tantalising mix of Ardbeg 10 whisky, Botanist gin, Creme de Violet, Cherry Heering, lime juice and sugar syrup. The competition narrowed down to one competitor from each country taking part in the selection process and this was whittled down further to 10 people being flown to London for the semi-final with five going through to the final.

This was held in the Joyeux Bordel Bar in London’s Shoreditch last Thursday morning where Grant showed the best of the cocktail world that he is the number one.

Grant described the experience as surreal and said he still found it hard to take in that he was a world champion from Inverness.

“It is a major milestone for me,” he said. “It was an absolutely fantastic experience. I think it is incredible for me, its incredible for the bars I look after and its incredible for Inverness.

“It has been a mission of mine for the last few years and it is the biggest accolade I have ever received for my work. It is still hard to take in.”

And, he added: “I am so blown away, and unbelievably chuffed. I worked really hard for this and had so much fun doing so. I want to say a massive thank you to everyone for supporting me so incredibly.

“Thank you to my wife Faye and my beautiful little girl Evie for letting me leave them alone while they’re not well to go and do this, and being so incredibly supportive throughout.

“I was up against some great people and some brilliant bartending talent.”

He also paid tribute to his competitors who made it to the last 10, saying it has been great to hang out and work with them.

“I love this industry, everyone has been so amazing,” he said. “I truly have made some new friends this week and have learned so much from this experience.”

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