The barladies had tell the stories of their lives through original cocktails, challenging each other with innovative and professional techniques. They were assessed by a team of experts, including Bruno Vanzan and blogger Carolina Ogliaro.
Andriani Vladimirou, 26, from Cyprus, beat the other 18 finalists from all over the world to the top prize, with her “Rumarena” cocktail, which she created as a tribute to Italian culture and history. A long drink that revisits the Negroni using Marendry, the Amarena Fabbri-based bitter, Barolo Chinato and Plantation Pineapple rum.
Just after her victory, Andriani spoke about her first time behind a bar. “I started working as a barlady six years ago to pay for my University studies” she reveals. “I hope this win will give me plenty more opportunities to express myself – when I’m working I love to show myself and my creative side.” It’s a message I’d like to send out to all of the women, but also to the men who work in this sector: don’t be afraid of being yourself. Each and every one of us has something unique to give”.
On the second step of the podium was Shi Qian from China with her cocktail "Paradiso", inspired by Giuseppe Tornatore's film Nuovo Cinema Paradiso. Third place went to Italy’s Francesca Lolli, a barlady at Fourghetti in Bologna, who on September 24 had taken the Italian title with her cocktail "La merenda", a long drink inspired by memories of childhood snacks with Fabbri Marendry, vanilla syrup, gin, lime juice and mandarin foam.