[dropcap size=small]J[/dropcap]igger & Pony’s Boo Jing Heng was crowned Diageo Reserve World Class Singapore Bartender of the Year 2016 at the third edition of the Southeast Asia World Class Finals and Bar Show, held in Bali, Indonesia. Judged by an international panel of renowned mixologists, Boo’s concoction, A Lovely Affair, a dessert cocktail using Japanese Azuki beans, emerged winner amongst the Singapore finalists from Singapore. Anti:Dote’s Tom Hogan also won the Five Star Classics challenge with his signature serve, Dulce Est Periculum, a take on the Harvard cocktail.

(RELATED: Jigger & Pony among Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2016.)

World Class is considered to be the industry’s most prestigious competition and the judging panel included Erik Lorincz of The Savoy’s American Bar and Charles Joly of Crafthouse Cocktails, who have both previously won the Global World Class Bartender of the Year. Boo will be representing Singapore for the World Class Global Finals in September.

(RELATED: We had a chat with Erik Lorincz when he was in town for a guest shift at Anti:Dote.)

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