Eight of the country’s best bartenders battled it out at the New Zealand event for the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge. Cameron Attfield from Auckland’s Gin Room has taken out the champion title winning a $2,500 cash prize and a ticket to Trinidad & Tobago in February to compete in the world final for the first prize of US$10,000 and a two year long contract as the global Angostura brand ambassador. Attfield had to create two cocktails in seven minutes, a freestyle cocktail and a rum cocktail both including Angostura Aromatic Bitters. Second place winner was Riki Carter of the Matterhorn in Wellington and third place went to Chris Litten of the Hummingbird in Wellington. Bho Patel, national marketing manager at Federal Merchants said that this year the calibre of the cocktails were phenomenal.