A fundraiser has launched calling on bartenders around the world to create a cocktail dedicated to Ukraine.

BudmoUA is an initiative by a group of spirits industry professionals in Ukraine, with funds raised directed to Ukrainian restaurants who are feeding nearly 17,000 people a day. Budmo is a toast in Ukrainian and translates to ‘let us be’.

The platform supports 26 restaurants from Kyiv and Kharkiv, including 552 chefs, bartenders and volunteers. Organisers said funds will “provide food to soldiers, medical staff, the elderly and children, young mothers and people in need”.

Bars are asked to donate a share of their cocktail’s revenue to the cause (through budmoua.world) and signpost the cocktail on the menu using the BudmoUA sticker. At time of writing, more than €7,000 has been raised. 

There is also a QR code for guests to make donations and ready-to-print merchandise designs for the likes of T-shirts and coasters so bars can hold fundraising events.

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