Galway continued its proud tradition of hosting Buckfast cocktail competitions recently when the King of the Buckfast 2016 was held in the city’s famous Blue Note bar.


On Monday 4th April, six mixologists carefully selected from some of Galway’s best bars went head-to-head to compete in the grand final in front of a lively, raucous crowd.


Electric fielded an impressively strong squad of three team members – India Dawson, Dylan Murray and Simon Cuddihy – while Johnny Callaghan from the Skeffington Arms, Aido Mulvaney from An Pucán and Fionn Doyle from Tribeton (last year’s winner) rounded out the impressive list of contenders.


Tasked with the difficult job of judging on the night was Cyril Briscoe of the Blue Note, accompanied by Kate Hawkes and Eoin Cummins from Buckfast distributor Findlater Wine & Spirit Group.


The Winners and Their Cocktails


1st Prize: India’s “Bucking Fantastic”

100 ml Buckfast, egg white, 25 mL fresh lime juice, 15 mL blood orange syrup, 10 mL sugar syrup, Rhubarb bitters, Hibiscus flower and sugar frosting


Joint 2nd Prize: Fionn Doyle’s “Gin Passion”, which includes Buckfast, Glendalough Seasonal Gin, passion fruit purée, egg white and mint


Joint 2nd Prize: Simon’s “Buckfast Float”, which includes Buckfast, brandy, cherry bitters and ice cream



Competitors and spectators were given complimentary “Bucklash” cocktails on arrival (consisting of Buckfast, prosecco and lemonade) before the mixologists introduced their unique concoctions and demonstrated making them on stage.


After all entries were complete the judges retired to confer secretly and mark each cocktail of out of a maximum of 5, while Bierhaus once again served their famous ‘Buckfast Food’ to the crowd while they waited.


India’s innovative (and provocatively-named) cocktail was chosen outright as undisputed the winning entry, and India received a great prize of a Buckfast hamper plus a two night stay in the five-star Marker Hotel in Dublin for her effort.


Meanwhile the judges were split over Simon and Fionn’s entries and so second place was shared between them, with each also walking away with a Buckfast hamper.