42BELOW Cocktail World Cup 2010 National Winners announced at Shoreditch House (UK & Northern Ireland)
Two Michelin starred chef Raymond Blanc announced Team Belfast; Hayden Scott Lambert and Lisa McCarron from The Merchant Hotel, as the winners of the 42BELOW Cocktail World Cup National Final at Shoreditch House last night. Team Belfast will go on to represent the UK in New Zealand next month joined by Team West London; James Wynn-William, Trailer Happiness and Stuart Fritz and Danny Winter from Lab, which came runner up winning the Wildcard ticket.
Raymond Blanc, who will open his first cocktail/wine bar this year with the 2008 winner of the Cocktail World Cup in NZ and winner of the Restaurant Series 3, JJ Goodman, guest chaired the judging panel alongside industry figures Peter Dorelli and Kevin Armstrong.
“So much talent, so many great drinks. I have never seen bartenders put so much imagination and dedication into their performances. The competition is definitely the most exciting cocktail competition in the world today.” Peter Dorelli, 42BELOW Cocktail World Cup Judge
The winning cocktail
Belfast’s Catch 42 was completely clear despite being based on Tomato extract passionfruit puree, 42BELOW Pure Vodka, lime juice, sugar and salt. All the ingredients were completely clarified removing all visual cues to the incredibly light, fruity flavours within. The judges were impressed by the technical precision used as well as the delicate balance between the drink’s elements.
Team West London’s Pacific Dawn cocktail took judges on a journey of discovery through the commonwealth colonies incorporating coffee from Kenya, Indian cardamon, treacle from West Indies, Navy Rum from Guyana infused with vanilla tobacco, liquorice from Southern Europe and 42BELOW Manuka Honey Vodka from New Zealand. The fragrant cocktail was served at 42 degrees centigrade in silver goblets with 42BELOW Kiwifruit jelly limes.
The Audience vote
During the evening 200 guests and Shoreditch House members enjoyed 10 delicious punches in the Secret Garden and the rare chance to contribute to the judges decision by voting for their favourite. The vote saw West London emerge as the popular choice, closely followed by the tweed-clad team from Nottingham.
The international competition, which puts bartenders on the world stage in 13 countries, saw 30 of the UK’s best bartenders shake it out for the title. 10 Teams representing Belfast, Edinburgh, Bristol, Brighton, Nottingham, East London, West London, Liverpool, Cardiff and Leeds took to the stage to unleash their creativity and showcase emerging cocktail trends and innovations. Food & cocktail matching proved popular on the day with more than half of the signature drinks served with an amuse bouche: Vodka jellies, welsh cakes, sorbets, Vodka soaked sandwiches and scones appeared before the judges to accompany their cocktails. The drinks incorporated impressive technical preparations including clarification, dry ice, dehydration, atomization, infusion and maceration of ingredients. Exotic ingredients home brewed or sourced from afar also featured heavily and included spiced pine syrup, apricot balsamic bitters, hickory smoked water, dehydrated ginger root, pink peppercorns, kumquats, Feijoas and tobacco. But the real highlights of the day for spectators came from the theatrical and ingenious delivery of the drinks. East London inspired by the weird and wonderful sharing cocktails of Kanaloa hollowed out a live electric guitar which served a punch like cocktail from the base of the instrument with the push of a button. Meanwhile Nottingham brought the country to the city serving their cocktail from an English garden fountain.
The Cocktail Challenge
Following the regional finals last September the top three competitors from each city who had 4.2months to work together as a team to create a cocktail for the Signature Drink Round of the National Final. Bartender’s improvisation skills were also tested on the day in the Mystery Cocktail Round* where each team was tasked with creating a punch from a box of surprise ingredients. The drink highlights the current trend towards sharing cocktails. Adventurous options from Pine needles to Jasmine were paired with 42BELOW’s unique New Zealand flavours 42BELOW Passion, 42BELOW Manuka Honey, 42BELOW Feijoa and 42BELOW Kiwi to challenge and inspire their creations.
Along with the UK title, the evening’s champions won passes to go on tour in New Zealand next month where they will battle it out in the 42BELOW Cocktail World Cup 2010 grand final, country vs. country, through grueling cocktail challenges to take home the international title.
The Hall of 42 Fame
The annual competition offers bartenders the opportunity of a lifetime providing unmatched international cocktail experience and industry prestige, bolstering their careers when they return home. Entrants from previous years include Richard Wynne now Founder of Callooh Callay, 2008 Theme bartender of the year Rich Hunt of newly opened Kanaloa and bar consultant Kevin Armstrong, former head of operations at Match group.
50mls 42BELOW Pure Vodka
30mls clarified tomato juice
17.5mls clarified passion fruit puree
15mls clarified lime juice
10mls sugar syrup
pinch of salt
Stir and strain into a martini glass and garnish with a cherry tomato.
50mls 42BELOW Manuka Honey Vodka
25mls Vanilla Tobacco infused Naval Rum
25mls Cardamom Infused Treacle Syrup
1tbs Kenyan Coffee Beans
4 drops Liquorice Bitters
Serve at 42degrees centigrade in a silver goblet with a scurvy ration of 42BELOW Kiwifruit lime wedges.
Hayden Scott Lambert, The Merchant Hotel
Lisa McCarron, The Merchant Hotel
Metinee Kongsrivilai, Bon Vivant
Joey Medrington, Tigerlily
Paul Graham, Bramble
James Coston, Jake’s Bar
James Hill, Lounge
Adam McKenna, Trio
Neil Sutton, Mojo
Pedro Hunter, The Peacock
Conor Foley, Mojo
Danny Winter, Lab
James Wynn-Williams, Trailer Happiness
Stuart Fritz, Lab
Andy Mil, London Cocktail Club
Dean Callan, Kanaloa
Julian de Feral, Lutyens
Rachael Miles, Blanch House
Paul de Newtown, Valentino’s
Tom Noviss, Orange Rooms
Christian Tirrel, Brass Monkey
Rob Wood, The Kenilworth
Sammy Nissan, The Victoria
James Hitchin, Ba Orient
Jonty Dexter, 10 Feet Tall
Casey Green, Pica Pica
Sarah Messamer, Lane
Harry Glockler, Hausbar
Danny Cook, Park Bar