IBA World Cocktail and World Flairtending Competitions

And the winners are ...
27 August, 2008
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Bartenders the world over came to Taiwan at the end of November for the International Bartenders Association's 33rd World Cocktail Competition finals and the eighth World Flairtending finals.

Representatives from 49 countries descended on Kaohsiung, Taiwan's second-largest city. Estonian Krista Meri was crowned cocktail champion with her Golden Autumn cocktail based on Nemiroff Original vodka and Martini Extra Dry (see recipes below). Fabbio Bacchi from Italy was first runner-up with his Plus 39 made from Matrioshka honey vodka and Terre Arse dry wine, and Andris Noreikis from Latvia with Aerob ios, made from Nemiroff Honey Pepper vodka, Martini Extra Dry and Galliano.

They had to make a pre-dinner cocktail in a 9cl glass , using fi ve ingredients , 7cl of alcohol and edible garnish.

The flairtending champion was Danilo Oribe from Uruguay who made Taiwan Vice from Matrioshka vodka, Campari and Galliano. First runner-up was Austrian Stefan Haneder with Superman, made from Havana Club rum, Malibu and Monin Orgeat, and second runner-up was local Hsu Po-Sheng with his Symphony of Spiderman, comprising Hennessy VSOP, Mozart Amadé Chocolate Orange and Monin passion fruit syrup.

The flairtenders had to assemble cocktails, juggling with bottles and glasses, from seven ingredients, 7cl of alcohol and edible garnish. Each had to compete for five minutes. Judges awarded taste and technical scores .

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