Oak Haven Table & Bar in New Haven set the stage for the Fords Gin Cocktail Competition on November 7. Local bartenders had eight minutes to create a cocktail featuring the gin as the primary spirit. The judges for the evening included Martim Ake Smith-Mattsson, Brand Ambassador of Fords Gin, Veronica Saurett and Dee Blackmer, both Account Development Managers for Brescome Barton. Juan Meyer came in first place with his cocktail creation, followed by Roger Gross and Jeff Laude. Smith-Mattsson gave an educational presentation about the spirit and the history of the brand. Fords Gin is distilled at Thames Distillers in London in collaboration with the eighth generation Master Distiller Charles Maxwell and Simon Ford of The 86 Co.