Posts Tagged ‘Ciroc’

World Class Bartenders: Angus McGregor, Hakkasan, Dubai, UAE

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

At the finals of Diageo Reserve Brand’s World Class Bartender Competition this year, I witnessed some incredible drinks being made.worldclass_competition_simplified_whiteAngus McGregor, UAE

And some of those drinks were made by

Angus McGregor, Hakkasan, Dubai, UAE

Angus McGregor’s first experience with bartending was through the pub his uncle owned.  However, it was working at the Edinburgh Festival that truly got him hooked on the industry. With 17 years behind the bar, Angus has travelled around the world running his own consulting business, Liquidstate, as well as worked for such esteemed brands as Raffles Hotels, Jumeirah, Emirates, Montpeliers, and Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Angus is constantly dreaming up new concepts and experimenting with different flavours and products such as jams, preserves, and cordials. He likes to use sweet spices in his cocktails and really enjoys big bold flavours backed up by subtle notes in multiple layers. Angus’ favourite cocktail is a Smoked Rum Old Fashioned, as he says “It’s a drink for watching the world go by either alone or with friends.”

Here’s the recipe for Angus’ Caprese cocktail

Glass: Chilled martini glass

Garnish: Peppered rim, served with side of caaprese salad on local bread

Method: Shake and double strain into glass

50ml Ciroc Vodka

5ml Don Julio Reposado tequila

1/3 bspn ricotta cheese

3 basil leafs (large)

2 tablespoons spiced tomato puree made using a skinned and cored bull tomato cooked in absinthe, lemon, salt and pepper along with some homemade tomato concentrate from the market.

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World Class 2012: Paulo Freitas, Brazil

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Here’s a glimpse of Paulo Freitas, 2012 finalist from Brazil.  Paulo sure as heck knows how to shake that thing!

Here are the recipes that Paulo used in the Retro-Chic round

Classic Chic – Bloody Mary

Glass: Rocks

Garnish: Salt Rim, Celery Stick and Grapefruit

Method: Thrown

50ml Ciroc

90ml Tomato Juice

5 dashes Worcester sauce

10ml Red Grapefruit Juice

2 dashes Tabasco


Twisted Chic – Orfeu da Conceição

Glass: Cocktail Glass

Garnish: Grapefruit twist

Method: Shake and Strain

50ml Johnnie Walker Blue Label

50ml Red Grapefruit Juice

25ml Maraschino Liqueur

25ml Punt & Mes

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