The winner of Kuala Lumpur’s best Gin And Tonic at this year’s East Imperial Gin Jubilee was inspired by bartender Sam Yap’s first love.

The bartender from Bangsar bar Three X Co beat 19 others to the title of KL’s best gin and tonic with his cocktail called ‘Love In June’. Yap made the drink using French artisanal gin G’Vine Floraison, East Imperial Grapefruit Tonic, olive juice, and elderflower liqueur.

Yap said the drink is named for his own first love, who is born in June. He was also inspired by the floral notes of the gin, which he used to represent femininity and the Grapefruit Tonic, which he considered the masculine side of the ‘relationship’.

The selection process was based on a combination of points given by a judging panel and voting by the public via Instagram posts. Yap and his winning cocktail will next be representing Malaysia at the East Imperial Gin Jubilee grand finale at Singapore, which will be held on November 30-December 8.

Yap's winning cocktail was made using French artisanal gin G'Vine. Photo: Wholly Spirits

Yap’s winning cocktail was made using French artisanal gin G’Vine. Photo: Wholly Spirits

Presented by premium beverage producers East Imperial and organised by Malaysian craft spirits distributor Wholly Spirits, the Kuala Lumpur Gin Jubilee was held last week, starting from Aug 22 and culminating in the Gin Lane Street Party at Plaza Batai, Damansara Heights, which saw more than 2,000 gin lovers show up to try the GnTs from the competing bars.

KL is the first stop of the East Imperial Gin Jubilee is a regional gin celebration that spans several cities across the Asia-Pacific region, including Auckland, New Zealand, Hong Kong, China’s Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzen, before ending with the grand finale at Singapore.

For more information on the event, visit Gin Jubilee or the Wholly Spirits Facebook page.