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The 8th D.I.T – Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard Cocktail Challenge took place on Thursday November 22th 2012, this initiative between the DIT Bar Management Studies and Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard attracted over 70 mixologists. Prizes were awarded for best short drink cocktail, best long drink cocktail and technical performance cocktails were based on Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard premium spirits and liqueurs, points were awarded for the appearance, aroma, taste and the commercial appeal of the cocktail. Special Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard Cocktail Challenge Certificates of participation were presented to all the entrants by Mr. Liam Sparks (Brand Manager & Mixologist Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard). Mr. James Murphy (Competition Co-ordinator, DIT Lecturer, Bar Management Studies, College of Arts & Tourism) congratulated the winners reminding competitors, sponsors and supporters of the DIT Bar Management Studies commitment to providing on-going challenging and innovative bar management and cocktail making programmes, Mr. John O’Connor (DIT Director & Dean College of Arts & Tourism) offered sincere thanks to both Mr. Liam Sparks (Brand Manager & Mixologist Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard) Dr. Frank Cullen (Head of School Culinary Arts & Food Technology) and to Mr. David McCarron (Expert Judge, H Bar, Grand Canal Square) and Ms. Mary O’Callaghan (President Irish Guild of Sommeliers). The 8th D.I.T – Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard Cocktail Challenge winners were as follows;

Winner: Best Short Drink Cocktail & Overall Winner “Cinnemon Surprise” Prepared by: Charmaine Lee-Morgetts Recipe: 3.5cl Absolut Vanilla Vodka, 2cl Kahlua liqueur, 2cl De Kuyper Crème de Cacao, 1 bar spoon cinnamon syrup. Method: Shake all the ingredients with ice briskly and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish: cinnamon syrup & vanilla sugar and coffee beans.

Winner: Best Long Drink Cocktail “Young Love” Prepared by: Timothy Carley Recipe: 6.5 Absolut Citron Vodka, 0.5cl De Kuyper Cherry Brandy, 15cl 7-up. Method: Shake all the above ingredients except 7-up top with 7-up over crushed and cubed ice into a highball glass. Garnish: Drumstick lollipop cherries, apple slice.

Winner: Best Technique Cocktail “Plymouth on the Rocks” Prepared by: Emmet Newport Recipe: 7cl Plymouth Gin, 3.5cl Peach juice, fresh cucumber, dash sugar syrup. Method: muddle the cucumber, add all ingredients and shake with ice, strain into old fashioned glass with ice. Garnish: lemon and cucumber wheel


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