The 6th D.I.T – Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard Cocktail Challenge took place on Thursday November 25th 2010, this initiative between the DIT Department Bar Management and Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard attracted 85 mixologists currently studying and working in the hospitality and licensed trade premises the opportunity to improve their skills in creative drinks mixing, in direct response to the growing demand for new cocktails and exciting new drinks to suit every season. This magnificent entry makes this competition Ireland’s Largest Cocktail Challenge for 2010. Overall prizes were awarded for best short drink cocktail and best long drink cocktail, which 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. A further special prize was dedicated to the most professional cocktail demonstration, points were awarded in this category were awarded for the competitors appearance, hygiene awareness, their technical cocktail procedure, garnish neatness, overall proficiency and the time limits allowed to prepare and present the cocktail. Special D.I.T – Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard Cocktail Challenge Certificates of participation were presented to all the 85 mixologists by Mr. Seamus Lowry (Business Development Representative Prestige Accounts Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard). Mr. James Murhy (DIT Lecturer, Department Bar Management, College of Arts & Tourism) congratulated the winners reminding competitors, sponsors and supporters of the DIT Bar Management Department’s 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. Seamus Lowry (Business Development Representative Prestige Accounts Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard), John McLoughlin (External Expert Judge, Marriott Shelbourne Hotel, St Stephens Green, Dublin). The 6th D.I.T – Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard Cocktail Challenge winners were as follows; http://update.dit.ie/2010/06-12-10/news-briefs-mixologists.php DIT Update Report on the competition.
Winner: Best Short Drink Cocktail “Full of Passion” Prepared by: Claire Gaffney (BSc(Hons) Student - DIT, Department of Bar Management) Recipe: 4cl Absolut Vanilla, 2.5cl Ginger & Lemongrass Cordial – Bottle Green, 2.5cl Passion Fruit Liqueur, 5cl Apple Juice, ½ stick of Lemon grass. Method: Muddle the lemongrass and add the ingredients into a shaker, shake briskly with ice. Pour into a chilled double martini glass Garnish: Slices of fresh green apple.
Winner: Best Long Drink Cocktail “Absolut Fruits” Prepared by: Gavin Donohoe (CPD Bar Studies Student, DIT Department of Bar Management) Recipe: 5cl Absolut PearVodka, 2cl De Kuyper Apricot Brandy liqueur, 7cl Apple Juice. Method: Shake all the above ingredients with ice briskly. Pour into a Hurricane glass with crushed ice. Garnish: Apricot slice and wedge of red apple.
Winner: Best Technique Cocktail “Crimbo” Prepared by: Caitlin NiCholmain (BSc(Hons) Student, DIT, Department of Culinary Arts). Recipe: 3cl Absolut Vodka, 9cl Ginger ale, 6cl Pear & Spice Puree (prepare by using 3 fresh pears, brown sugar, squeeze of lemon juice, 4 cloves & pinch of cinnamon). Method: Shake all the above ingredients with ice briskly. Pour into a chilled Five Star Wine glass. Garnish: Slice of Fresh pear, studded by whole cloves.
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