Saint James & Marie Brizard Bartenders Society Competition 2022

8 bartenders have fought only for one goal: the entry into the international final of the Saint James & Marie Brizard Bartenders Society Competition in Paris.

»Your vision of the latest cocktail trends« was the motto of this year's German final of the Saint James & Marie Brizard Bartenders Society Competition in Owen/Teck. The special feature this year was the cooperation with the liqueur and syrup brand Marie Brizard, which has been an integral part of the MackSpirits portfolio since the beginning of 2022.


The task was as simple as it was complicated: To create a cocktail that expressed the aforementioned motto through its taste, texture, design (e.g. garnish, presentation, choice of glass) or production technique. The creation had to include Saint James Rhum (Impérial Blanc or VSOP) as well as a Marie Brizard product (liqueur or syrup).

This mixture of high-quality French liqueurs or syrups and the No. 1 brand for Rhum Agricole presented 8 participants from all over Germany with a creative challenge on Tuesday, 19.07.22, in Owen/Teck. The cocktails were judged by a top-class expert jury, which this year consisted of the bar professionals Filip Kaszubski I Berlin, Sven Riebel I Frankfurt and Magdalena Karkosz I Munich. Each cocktail was as different as it was ingenious, but of course only one could win the race.

And the winner is.... Susanne Tuszynski from the Kink Berlin! Her creation »Refugium« conquered the hearts of the jury and enables Susanne to participate in the international final in Paris on October 17/18! In addition to the prize money, she will have the chance to win a trip to the Saint James Distillery in Martinique.

We congratulate Susanne on her success and wish her all the best for the finals in Paris!

Thanks to

  •  Sia Rabe, Hotel Elbresidenz I Bad Schandau – Cocktail: Summer Garden Swizzle
  • Lukas Ratschenberger, The Bohemian I Hamburg – Cocktail: Vegan BBQ
  • Tim Maercklin, Pelican Bar I Hamburg – Cocktail: Tamed Flame
  • René Tackenberg, Holzmaler I Stuttgart – Cocktail: The 22th Century
  • Thang Viet Trinh, Shiki I Dresden – Cocktail: Pink Punk
  • Diego Aspra alias Lexxi Rotten, The Gin Room I Berlin – Cocktail: Dark Little Sunshine
  • Dada Daoud, Crackers I Berlin – Cocktail: Kirebuna
  • Susanne Tuszynski, Kink I Berlin – Cocktail: Refugium

Inspired by escaping reality just by tasting a drink, this multi-layered creation aims to give the sweet and juicy tiki classic a modern makeover.



 5 cl Saint James Rhum Agricole Impérial Blanc

2,5 cl Marie Brizard Falernum

9 cl Spiced Watermelon Soda

Garnish: Watermelon rind, pickled

Method: Build

Glassware: Highball Glass