I became an honorary Gin Rectifier last night (May 9). I took an oath and now I am duty bound to promote the best interests of gin.
It was a great day for vermouths – and for Bacardi Global Brands.
The winner of the aperitifs category was Oye Mi Canto, featuring Martini Rosato. The long drinks trophy was also picked up by Bacardi for Dolce’s Cobbler, featuring the company’s newest expression Martini Gold.
The after dinner category was taken by Noilly Prat for Le Flip C’est Chic.
Bartenders gathered at London venue The Hoxton Pony for the live final and judges including Drinks International editor Christian Davis, deputy editor Lucy Britner, Amit Sood from Shaker UK, bartender educator Sebastian Hamilton-Mudge as well as Savoy American Bar manager Daniel Baernreuther and Alex Turner from Bacardi BrownForman brands, who judged the first round.
The Noily Prat cocktail was mixed by global brand ambassador Ludo Miazga and the Martini cocktails were mixed by the Langham hotel’s Simone Carporale. The overall winner will be announced at the ISC awards dinner in October.
A full list of medallists will be in the July issue of Drinks International.
Oye Mi Canto
50ml Martini Rosato
50ml Cazadores Reposado Tequila
1 Dash of Amargo Chuncho Bitters
Presentation/Garnish: apple blossom
70ml Martini Gold by Dolce & Gabbana
30ml fresh mandarin juice
10ml fresh lime juice
2 bar spoons of lavender sugar
Method : shake & strain in a wine glass full of crushed ice.
Glass: wine glass
Presentation/garnish: mandarin zest and fresh lavender flowers
Le Flip C’est Chic
50ml Noily Prat Dry
10ml light liquid crème fraiche
10ml Orgeat syrup (Monin)
1 small egg yolk (free range and organic)
Method: Add all ingredients in a shaker, egg yolk last. Shake all the ingredients with ice very well to completely emulsify the egg. Double strain into a frozen Noilly Prat tasting glass.