Alfonso Del Portillo wins the Diageo Reserve World Class India Finals 2015

Alfonso Del Portillo from Drinks on MG, Bangalore was conferred the title of the India Bartender of the Year at Diageo Reserve World Class 2015. The winner will represent India and compete with the world’s best bartenders at Diageo Reserve World Class Global Finals to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, in September, 2015. Runner up Bensan Varghese from Arola, JW Mariot, Mumbai and Second Runner up Mayur Marne from Hakkasan, Mumbai too impressed the judges and the attendees with their creativity and craftsmanship, thus earning them the second and third position respectively. Top 20 bartenders were judged by an expert panel consisting of Bhavesh Somaya -Head of Luxury, United Spirits Ltd – a Diageo Group company; Will Thompson – Global Brand Ambassador, Don Julio; Alex Sanchez -Executive Chef, The Table; Zbigniew Zapert -Reserve Brand Ambassador India and Nicholas Ord – Reserve Brand Ambassador India.

Will Thompson, Don Julio

Will Thompson, Don Julio

Speaking about Diageo Reserve World Class India Finals 2015, Will Thompson, Global Brand Ambassador, Don Julio, said “This year’s competition has been exceptional. The talent we’ve seen and experienced has been of very high quality and at par with it’s the global counterparts. Alfonso De Portillo truly embodies the assets of a World Class mixologist and has the right insight, creativity and originality that can help him win the global title as well.”

He also shared his signature drink recipes with us to shake up a storm at home. Here are two impressive drinks from him for you to recreate:


Cocktail recipe, Will Thompson,  Tequila cocktail, Don Julio


• 25ml Don Julio Blanco

• 15ml Pressed white grapefruit juice

• 10ml Agave Pinch of salt


• Shake the ingredients together and strain into a coupe, top with champagne and garnish with a twist of grapefruit.



Fruity cocktail recipe,  Will Thompson,  Don Julio,  Tequila cocktail


• 250ml Don Julio Blanco

• 125ml Agave water

• 125ml fresh lime3 x fresh peach

• 60ml peach nectar

• 5 dots of peach bitters (optional)


• Blend together with a few cubes of ice and serve in a large jug over ice

Do try them out and let me know how it was.

About MumbaiGloss

Parimita Chakravorty is an author, blogger, features writer and a communications specialist. She has written for various popular magazines and websites related to beauty, fashion, jewellery and lifestyle, including HAIR India,,, Hello, etc. She has also contributed to various youth blogs and magazines. Her book ‘Look Stunning At Any Size’ has been well appreciated and received by the readers. Currently, she is part of India’s leading IT brand and takes care of their internal communications. Parimita is also working towards bringing awareness about Endometriosis in India; a silent epidemic which is consuming a lot of lives. She manages a page ‘Endometriosis India Files’ where patients discuss their condition and diagnosis.
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