The Martini is a cocktail of legend. Whether it be James Bond or Carrie Bradshaw, its popularity seems to be enduring. To that end, elit Vodka is paying homage to the many different ways the iconic cocktail can be made with its art of martini competition.

This weekend (Sept. 22 - 24), some of the world's most prolific martini makers are bringing their signature creations to Ibiza for the competition's global finale. 39 participants will be battling it out for the chance to have their martini listed for a year in Paco Roncero's Michelin-star restaurant, La Terraza del Casino in Madrid.

To enter, bartenders created their own take on the Martini using elit Vodka (obviously) as the main spirit and highlighting an ingredient local to their city or country. The popularity of their creations was tested with the public for two months before a select few in each city were invited to face off in the local finals where a jury of regional spirits industry experts chose the bartender best suited to represent their city at the Global Finale. Out of 800 global entries, the following bartenders were chosen:

  • Australia (Melbourne) - Blake Hall (V)
  • Australia (Sydney) - Jake Down (This Must Be the Place)
  • Austria (Salzburg) - Melanie Mösenbichler (Eurotherme Bad Ischl)
  • Austria (Vienna) - Heinz Kaiser (Dino's)
  • Belgium (Antwerp/Ghent) - Charlotte De Fevere (L'Apereau)
  • Belgium (Brussels) - Cederic Millet (Casbar)
  • Canada (Toronto) - Michele Maffei (NOCE Restaurant)
  • Cyprus (Nicosia) - Marcos Horattides (Marina Beach Bar)
  • Czech Republic (Prague) - Milan Zaleš (Bugsy's Bar)
  • Finland (Helsinki) - Jan Lindgren (Medicin Man)
  • France (Paris) - Steven Lages (Harry's New York Bar)
  • Georgia (Tbilisi) - Vasil Gongadze (Egoist Club)
  • Greece (Athens) – Previstas Alexandros (Point Cocktail)
  • Hong Kong (Hong Kong) - Paul Kwok (De Luna Tapas Bar)
  • Hungary (Budapest) - Atilla Bús (Sol Bistro)
  • Iceland (Reykjavik) - Jonmundur Thorsteinsson (Apótek Kitchen Bar )
  • Italy (Bari) - Davide Mitacchione (Luau Tiki Bar)
  • Italy (Milan) - Lorenzo Allegrini (Morgante Cocktail & Soul)
  • Italy (Rome) – Solomiya Grytsyshyn (Chorus Cafè)
  • Italy (Venice) - Lucas Kelm (AMO – Alajmo)
  • Lebanon (Beirut) - Firas Youssef (The Smallville Hotel)
  • Luxembourg (Luxembourg) - Marius Birzan (Grand Hôtel Cravat)
  • Portugal (Algarve) - Diego Santos (7 imeio Wine Bar)
  • Portugal (Lisbon) - Rui Santos (Instituto Plural de Interior)
  • Singapore (Singapore) – Sim Sze Wei (Atlas)
  • Spain (Barcelona) - Luis Bustamante (Metric)
  • Spain (Bilbao) - Elias Escudero (Gu San Sebastián)
  • Spain (Madrid) - David González (Bar Cock)
  • Sweden (Stockholm) – Nils Pettersson (Bistro Rigoletto)
  • Taiwan (Taipei) - Andersen Huang (Asia 49)
  • Thailand (Bangkok) - Jane Kaewyod (Sorrento Sathon)
  • UAE (Dubai) - Santanu Chanda (Buddha Bar)
  • UK (London) - Will Meredith (Dandelyan)
  • UK (Manchester) – Peter Findlay (Berry and Rye)
  • USA (Dallas) - Trevor Landry (DISH)
  • USA (Miami) - Seth Weinberg (Fontainebleau Hotel Miami Beach)
  • USA (New York) - Amanda Toar (One One Four Bar & Lounge at The Marmara Park Avenue)
  • USA (Las Vegas) – Sarah Delgado-Rith (The Dorsey at The Venetian)
  • USA (Los Angeles) - Michael West (The Cannery Newport Beach)

"We've traveled the world over and discovered a unique martini cocktail every time, but what each of our finalists have in common is audacious artistic vision" said Brent Lamberti, luxury spirits sales director for Stoli Group and the event's host, via a statement. "The art of martini Global Finale will be a tight race, making victory even sweeter. It will be interesting to see the bartenders' ingredient selections and how they complement the notes of elit Vodka. We're looking forward to the breathtaking presentations, creative cocktails and to offering the finalists an unforgettable experience they'll take back to their bars and cities."

The winner of the Global Finale will also get the chance to join elit at Tales of the Cocktail in 2018.