To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Mai Tai and the 20th anniversary of Chairman’s Reserve Rum, award-winning St. Lucia Distillers and Emporia Brands are proud to announce the four finalists who will be heading to London and be in for the chance to win a trip of a lifetime to St. Lucia.

Circle Lounge (Halifax), Milk (Reading), Twisted Lemon (Brighton) and London Cocktail Club (Shaftesbury London) have topped the UK leader boards and will be heading to London Cocktail Club’s Old Street venue on the 25th September 2019. Each have earnt their way to the final by promoting their twist on Vic Bergeron, aka “Trader Vic”, and his Mai Tai recipe, selling and promoting their serve during the months of July and August.

Points were awarded for the drink itself, innovative events such as Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai parties taking place in accounts in Brighton, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, London, Leicester, Edinburgh, Glasgow and many more cities throughout the UK as well as dedicated social media campaigns that engaged with their venue audience.

The final, the 4th to be held since the campaign inauguration in 2016, will see each finalist show off their Mai Tai recipe to a packed venue within their own dedicated bar space over the course of the evening. Attendees will be able to vote for their favourite Mai Tai of the evening, plus a selection of VIP judges will be musing their own thoughts, with the bar receiving the most votes announced the winner and receiving a trip for 2 to St. Lucia in March 2020, joining previous winners Alvino’s (Newcastle), Milk (Reading) and Café Pacifico (London).

Mai Tai Final Details: Join the biggest Mai Tai party of the summer, celebrating 75 years of the Mai Tai cocktail, on Wednesday 25th September from 5pm - 10pm at London Cocktail Club, Old Street, 63 Worship Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 2DU. To reserve your space on the guest list please email


The Chairman’s Preserve (Twisted Lemon, Brighton): 37.5ml Chairman’s Reserve Original, 15ml Chairman’s Reserve White, 20ml fresh lime, 10ml Orgeat, salt, 30ml pineapple passionfruit mango and nutmeg shrub.

Boozy Little Mistress (London Cocktail Club, London): 30ml Chairman’s Reserve Original, 20ml Chairman’s Reserve White, 20ml Framboise, 15ml Pierre Ferrand Curacao, 20ml orange and almond sherbet, 20ml fresh lime, 2 dashes black walnut bitters and 5ml Orgeat.

Diamond of Dennery (Milk, Reading): 30ml Chairman’s Reserve Spiced, 15ml Chairman’s Reserve Original, 25ml fresh lime, 30ml Milk Spiced Mix No.5, 2 dashes of peach bitters and 2 dashes of Angostura bitters.

Mountain High Mai Tai (Circle Lounge, Halifax): 25ml Chairman’s Reserve Original, 25ml Coconut infused Chairman’s Reserve Spiced, 15ml home-made Chairman’s banana falernum, 30ml fresh lime, 25ml doughnut syrup topped with banana meringue and toasted coconut.


Chairman’s Reserve was first blended in 1999, overseen by then Chairman, Laurie Barnard, as a special project to create a fine quality rum that can represent the iconic style of St. Lucian rum. As a simple line of distinction, Chairman’s Reserve starts with selected aged rums of both Coffey column stills and copper pot stills, married together after maturation, and then re-entered into oak for blending and final finishing. The end result has become the flagship St. Lucian rum known for its harmonious well-rounded finesse and style with tremendous character for cocktails and sipping experiences.


Emporia Brands is a spirits importer, exporter and innovator which is relentless in seeking, around the world, distillers who respect artisan traditions of quality, in both the ingredients and process, and shun industrial short-cuts in the pursuit of truly great drinks. They have made many friends among these producers, in some cases now over three generations, and these brands all have great reputations as a result of their craft methods of production. Their record of innovation is in bringing most of their brands to the UK market for the first time and in their collaboration with bartenders and retail partners developing exciting new spirit libations.