Ireland’s Largest Live Cocktail Challenge attracts over 90 Mixologists”
The 7th D.I.T – Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard Cocktail Challenge took place on Thursday November 25th 2011, this initiative between the DIT Bar Management Studies and Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard attracted 90 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 90 mixologists by Mr. Liam Sparks (Brand Manager & Mixologist Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard). Mr. James Murhy (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, Ms. Brid Grant (DIT Director & Dean College of Arts & Tourism) offered sincere thanks to both Mr. Liam Sparks (Brand Manager & Mixologist Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard and to Mr. Frank Cullen (Expert Judge, Assistant Head of DIT School Culinary Arts & Food Technology). The 7th D.I.T – Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard Cocktail Challenge winners were as follows;
Winner: Best Short Drink Cocktail “Candy Apple”
Prepared by: Conn Cowman - BSc Degree student - DIT, Bar Management Studies progamme.
Recipe: 3cl Martell Cognac, 4cl De Kuyper Butterscotch Liqueur, 15cl Apple Juice.
Method: Shake all the ingredients with ice briskly and strain into a chilled double martini
Garnish: Slices of fresh red apple.
Winner: Best Long Drink Cocktail “Smile on the Rocks”
Prepared by: Sean Hoyne - Swifts Bar & Restaurant, Main Street, Co. Kildare.
Recipe: 3cl Absolut Peach Vodka, 2cl De Kuyper Triple Sec liqueur, 2cl De Kupyer Wild Strawberry liqueur, 14cl Orange Juice, 3cl Cranberry Juice.
Method: Shake all the above ingredients with ice briskly. Pour into a Highball glass with ice.
Garnish: Fresh strawberries and straws.
Winner: Best Technique Cocktail “Banana Rumba”
Prepared by: Magdalena Sliwarska - BSc Degree student – DIT Culinary Entrepreneurship Studies programme.
Recipe: 3.5 Havana Club 7 Year Old, 3.5cl De Kuyper Crème de Banana liqueur, 3.5cl Pineapple juice, 7cl Orange juice.
Method: Shake all the above ingredients with ice briskly. Pour into a Hurricane glass.
Garnish: sugar, orange spiral, pineapple slice, blackberries.