The IRISH DISTILLERS PERNOD RICARD COCKTAIL COMPETITION took place on Monday 4th February at HOSPITALITY EXPO 2008, this new initiative between Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard and SDL Exhibitions offered hospitality staff 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. Overall first prize (a trip to represent Ireland at the International De Kuyper Cup Cocktail Competition to be held in Rotterdam, Holland on September 25th 2008) was awarded for the best long drink cocktail, which was based on Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard premium brands, points were awarded for the appearance, aroma, taste and the commercial appeal of the cocktail. This innovation marks a new departure in cocktail competition scoring systems and is a first worldwide, assessing the commercial appeal of a cocktail recipe recognises this vital component, which future successful cocktail recipes need to incorporate.
Further special prizes were awarded which included an awarded to the most professional cocktail demonstration, points were awarded in this category 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 IRISH DISTILLERS PERNOD RICARD COCKTAIL COMPETITION Certificates of participation were presented to all the competitors by Mr. Alan Lawlor (National Accounts Manager, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard) and Ms. Deirdre Quinn (Hospitality Expo 2008, Exhibition Director).
Mr. James Murphy MSc (Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard Cocktail Competition Chairman) and Mr. John Mc Loughlin (Co-Chairman) congratulated the winners and offered sincere thanks to Mr. Alan Lawlor (National Accounts Manager, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard) and Mr. Sean Lemass (SDL Exhibitions Limited), thanks were also offered to Mr. Oliver Murtagh (Past Chairman, Irish Guild of Sommeliers) and Mr. Henry O’Neill (Chief Executive Officer Restaurant Association of Ireland). The IRISH DISTILLERS PERNOD RICARD COCKTAIL COMPETITION winners were as follows;
Overall Winner ‘Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard Cocktail Champion’ : Passion Lust Prepared by: Mr. Lazlo Gal (Crush Bar, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 4) Recipe: 3cl Stolichnaya Vodka, 2cl. De Kuyper (White) Crème de Cacao Liqueur, 1 cl. Galliano Liqueur, 5cl. Passion Juice. Method: Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake briskly. Pour over some cubed ice into a 30cl highball glass. Garnish: Wheel of passion fruit and cinnamon flame.
2nd Place Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard Cocktail Competition and 1st Place Most Professional Cocktail Demonstration : Irish Passion Prepared by: Ms. Claire Gaffney (D.I.T School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin 2) Recipe: 2cl. Jameson Irish Whiskey, 3cl. De Kuyper Crème de Banana Liqueur, 1cl Galliano Liqueur, 12cl. Orange Juice, 10cl. Passion Fruit Juice. Method: Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake briskly. Pour over some cubed ice into a 30cl highball glass. Garnish: Orange wheel and fresh strawberry.
3rd Place Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard Cocktail Competition Carribean Delight Prepared by: Mr. Tomas Kreml (Horse Shoe Bar, Marriott Shelbourne Hotel, St Stephens Green, Dublin. Recipe: 3.5 cl. Stolichnaya Vodka, 2cl. De Kuyper Crème Banana Liqueur, 1cl. De Kuyper Blue Curacao Liqueur, 5 cl. Multivitamin Juice. Method: Shake all ingredients together with ice; pour into a 30cl Slim Jim glass. Garnish: Summer berries and orange.
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