Trophy presentation to Daffy's Gin at the 2017 Contenders Challenge Event in London

Trophy presentation to Daffy's Gin at the 2017 Contenders Challenge Event in London


The 2018 Contenders HAVE BEEN CHOSEN.


So we created The Contender’s Challenge Series. The concept is blisteringly simple – each year, any gin producer from anywhere can submit to our very scientific testing process. We conduct one-on-one tastings with each of our entrants, we score them all and then choose a shortlist of the five best gins. We call those five our Contenders. For the rest of the year the Contenders are featured across our World’s Best Martini channels, we work to promote their gins through small tasting events, "Martini of the Month" style features in premium drinks outlets and, as an option, in our product ecosystem including our Contenders Box Set and our (soon to be) world famous Travel Martini Kits.

In January we hold the Contenders Challenge Event. This is a ticketed event for gin lovers everywhere. Attendees get to meet the gin makers and taste their classic and showcase recipe martinis. The highlight of the evening is when we invite our panel of drinks experts to repeat our taste test, and cast their votes for the new World's Best Martini. 

World’s Best Martini Challenge was a fantastic competition that we are very proud indeed to have been involved in and ultimately to have won in 2017. The qualifying rounds and final event itself was an amazing amount of fun and very impressively organised and well run. Off the back of our participation and win we achieved a great amount of media coverage which was also supported very strongly by the event organisers. We look forward very much to defending our title again next year.
— Chris Molyneaux, Managing Director, Daffy's Gin



the 2017 winner of THE Benchmark Gin in the World’s Best Martini WAs DAFFY’S GIN



The 2017 Winning Recipe

Daffy's Gin 'World's Best Martini'

50ml Daffy's Gin

5ml Noilly Pratt (vermouth)

Small piece orange peel

Mint leaf

Warm Cassia Bark

1g Raw Ground Almonds

1 drop Coriander Tincture

Add the mint leaf, almonds and orange peel to a shaker and muddle. Then add the gin, stir, and let it sit whilst you prepare the stirring jar. Add 10ml of vermouth to the stirring jar, stir and then discard. Then add another 5ml and add the coriander tincture. Add the gin then double strain into a mixing glass and garnish with the warm cassia bark.