Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto has launched the fifth edition of The Art of Italicus Aperitivo Challenge, inviting bartenders from around the world to create an original aperitivo cocktail inspired by any form of art.

Applicants are encouraged to incorporate sustainability into their creations with the winner crowned Italicus Bar Artist of the Year and given the opportunity to experience a mentorship at the world’s number one bar, Paradiso in Barcelona under Giacomo Giannotti.

“The Art of Italicus Aperitivo Challenge is a program which gives me great pride in discovering and meeting, year on year, the new emerging talents in our industry,” said Giuseppe Gallo, founder and chief executive of Italicus.

“Last year’s edition had over 1,200 entries worldwide, across 12 countries, a result which makes us strive to keep innovating and supporting our bartending community, whilst working together to promote a more sustainable future for the forthcoming generations.”

The competition has been opened in 11 countries: Italy, Italy, Spain, the USA, the UK, Croatia and Slovenia, France, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland, with bartenders from other regions invited to apply through a wildcard entry.

Following regional and national finals, the global winner will be crowned in a final in Rome at the end of May.

Entrants must create an original aperitivo cocktail using a minimum of 40ml of Italicus and including a sustainable ingredient or garnish.

Applicants must upload the recipe and photo of their creation, with measurements, garnishes, and glassware.

Applications will be opened from the 9th January to 6th March 2023, on the website