Glass half full - 42Below cocktail world cup
Mark Robertson witnesses mercurial magic in a glass at the 42Below cocktail world cup
It was a battle of the ages. A dozen warriors armed with silver shakers, crushed ice and angostura bitters striving to become the finest cocktail creator in the world. The Glasgow and Edinburgh heats of the 42Below Vodka cocktail World Cup took place at the end of August with 12 of the best from the respective cities challenged to create a signature vodka-based cocktail from scratch and an ‘honest drink’ utilising 42Below vodka and a selection of surprise ingredients.
For this, the fifth year of the competition, the fashion was for off-the-wall ingredients, with home-made salmon liqueur, a wasabi ‘tincture’ and even mushy peas making an appearance. Among the winners were an ingenious trio of female barkeeps from The Gate in Glasgow, while Edinburgh winner Joey Medrington from Tigerlily created an exquisite revamp of the Moscow Mule, blending pineapple juice, ginger beer, lime and egg whites with honey vodka. Paul Graham from Bramble blew judges away serving a peanut butter and banana delight, while Metiniee Kongsrivilal from Bon Vivant dazzled with a spectacular absinthe tribute comprising apple tea, vodka and dry ice.
The six bartenders who qualified join up as two regional teams for the national finals in London in February next year, with the national winners heading off to the world finals in New Zealand in March 2010. www.cocktailworldcup.com