First Riga Black Balsam Global Cocktail Challenge to host 50+ bartenders

September 28, 2015

The first international bartending competition, Riga Black Balsam® Global Challenge 2015 (RBB Global Challenge 2015) will take place in Riga, Latvia, on November 25. It will bring together more than 50 of the best bartenders from around the world, including the Baltics, Russia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Israel and others, to present their original cocktail recipes featuring one of the worlds’ oldest living bitters - Riga Black Balsam®.

Riga Black Balsam

The competition is organized by Amber Beverage Group, the leading wines and spirits company in the Baltics and brand owners of Riga Black Balsam®, in collaboration with the Latvian Bartenders Federation.  For more information about RBB  Global Challenge please visit

“Apart from being one of the oldest bitter brands in the world, Riga Black Balsam® today is a well-established premium international bitter brand represented in 25 global markets with more than 3 million bottles sold annually. This competition is an excellent opportunity to highlight the unique versatility and flavour qualities offered for bartenders and mixologists by this legendary bitter and its contemporary varieties - Riga Black Balsam® Currant and Element. We are confident that the competition is just the first milestone for the annual event to be marked in a calendar of each bartender!” points Valters Kaže, Chief Marketing Officer of Amber Beverage Group.

“Local competitions had been already held in major Riga Black Balsam® markets internationally, and based on results we anticipate the top quality bartending event to commence in Riga this November,” states V.Kaže.

Raitis Akerblūms, the president of Latvian Bartenders Federation, is looking forward to see top international professionals in Riga: “It is an honour for Latvian Bartenders Federation to partner with the pride of the Latvian beverage industry – Riga Black Balsam®. It is an opportunity to show the whole world our values, our hospitality and professionalism”.

The international panel of bartending and beverage industry professionals will judge the competition. EUR 4,800 prize fund is committed for the winners of RBB Global Challenge 2015. The competition final will be open to accredited media and invited guests.



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