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World Class Bartender: Jeff Bell, PDT, USA

Friday, February 21st, 2014

At the finals of Diageo Reserve Brand’s World Class Bartender Competition

I witnessed some incredible drinks being made.

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And some of those drinks were made by

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Jeff Bell, PDT, USA

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Jeff Bell began his career in the hospitality industry washing dishes and bussing tables at age 18. Not necessarily enamored with a life elbow-deep in suds and used dishware, Bell eventually found his proper spot in the scene—stepping behind the bar in Seattle at the ripe and legal age of 21, while he completed his philosophy degree at the University of Washington. After graduating in 2007, Bell knew bartending was his calling, and soon packed up and moved to New York City to hone his craft among the best and brightest. He met PDT Mixologist Jim Meehan in 2010 while bartending for Meehan’s wife Valerie at Maialino at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Meehan recognized Bell’s strong work ethic and offered him one shift a week as a barback. Bell jumped at the offer to work at one of the city’s cocktail meccas and pulled a strenuous five nights at Maialino and one at PDT. When a bartending position opened at PDT in the fall 2010, Bell received his due promotion. Since then, he’s fully committed himself to PDT, ultimately working his way up to the role of head bartender. Dropping his ego at the door, Bell puts the customers’ preferences first, crafting vodka, beer, and amaro-driven cocktails with equal care and the skills of a true cocktail craftsman.

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World Class Bartenders: Jason Clark, Shott Beverages, New Zealand

Friday, February 7th, 2014

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

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And some of those drinks were made by

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Jason Clark, Shott Beverages, New Zealand

With over 15 years’ experience working in the hospitality industry Jason’s career has included working in four different countries in many varied roles. Skilled in all levels of drinks service, Jason is just as comfortable mixing classic cocktails as modern marvels and takes great pride in his ability to deliver a level of service and beverage that always exceeds expectations.  He currently serves as a consultant for Shott Beverages, and has successfully made their two iconic New Zealand hospitality establishments renowned for amazing drinks whilst winning numerous awards for the venues, in just two short years.  No stranger to competition himself, he boasts a wide range of accolades won throughout his celebrated career. Jason also pens a “Life & Style” column for New Zealand’s largest news website, Stuff. Looking ahead, Jason is passionate about providing advanced training and direction to aid venues and bartenders to offer immaculate service and make exceptional drinks. He is also interested in working with chefs to design and develop food and drink synchronicity to enhance the experiences of diners.

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World Class Bartenders: Edwin Castillo, Bar: Wines & Spirits, Dominican Republic

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

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

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And some of those drinks were made by

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Edwin Castillo, Bar: Wines & Spirits, Dominican Republic

Edwin Castillo has been in the spirits industry for 13 years as both a mixologist and sommelier.   He initially learned the craft of mixology at the Barceló Lina Hotel in Santo Domingo, watching his co-workers behind the bar making cocktails and interacting with happy clients.  He finds daily inspiration in bartenders who love what they do and create all their cocktails with passion and care. Edwin likes interacting with clients, familiarizing them with new cocktails and spirits and telling the hidden stories behind each label.

Here’s Edwin’s recipe for The Secret, a drink he created for the “Time to Play” round.  Niceley done, Edwin!

The Secret

Glass: Rocks

Garnish: Orange slice and cherry

Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over cubed ice.

60ml Tanqueray No. TEN gin

30ml Elderflower liqueur

Absinthe, cucumber and cinnamon infusion

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World Class Bartenders: David Rios, The Jigger Cocktail Bar, Spain

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

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

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And some of those drinks were made by

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David Rios, The Jigger Cocktail Bar, Spain

(Who, as you know by now, went on to win the competition)

David Rios was first inspired to start in the bartending trade nearly 20 years ago when working at a party for a bar owner where different cocktails were served.  Since that moment, he has served in nearly all aspects of the industry including maitre’d and sommelier of 3 Michelin Star restaurant, Mugaritz, the opening of the Sheraton Hotel in Bilbao and today, owning  Café Kobuk, Kobuk Events and Jigger Bar together with his brother.  Primarily self-taught, David has won a number of awards throughout his career including the cocktail championship of the Bizkaia region, the National Championship of Gin Tonic (By Schweppes) and the International Championship of Gin Tonic (By Fever Tree) amongst others.

David has a classic style with modern touches, focusing on the liquid first and always using an inventive presentation.  When creating cocktails, he loves to use bitter flavours and citrus and is inspired by everything from the sea and fresh grass that surrounds him in Basque country, to previous WORLD CLASS winner Erik Lorincz. David notes: “For me WORLD CLASS is much more than a championship, it is above all training and creating the future of the industry with the upcoming generations. To sum up, it’s a big family. We are in a new era for the bartender where we are getting recognition, and getting close to the recognition of great chefs.”

In the Singleton Sensorium round David created a rich, red-lit atmosphere evoking sunset, presented a model of Scotland, denoting the Highlands, Lowlands, Islands, Speyside whisky producing areas, complete with a miniature river flowing through it, while calming, folk music brought whisky to life. He served Singleton of Dufftown with Pedro Ximenez sherry and Angostura bitters, stirred with ice and strained into a decanter which was then smoked with haya wood chips. He served it in a quaiche with an orange zest spritz. He served it with aromatic and edible botanicals and chocolates on a tartan coaster.

And he’s a darned good guy to hang out with, too!

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World Class Bartenders: Clark Jiménez Alvarado, 8vo Rooftop Bar, Costa Rica

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

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

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And some of those drinks were made by

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Clark Jiménez Alvarado, 8vo Rooftop Bar, Costa Rica

Clark Jiménez Alvarado is currently a bartender at 8vo Rooftop in Costa Rica. Following his start at the Bartenders School and the Argentina School of Sommeliers, Clark has worked hard taking inspiration from fellow bartenders to learn more and become better every day.  He endeavors to provide guests a unique and special service, and loves to see the joy and gratitude of a client. Becoming a WORLD CLASS finalist has been a turning point in his life, and an opportunity to learn from many other talented bartenders.

gaz sez:  Clark is by no means the first to point out that becoming a WORLD CLASS finalist has changed his life, and one of the very best things about the competition is the exchange of knowledge that goes on between the competitors.  It’s a World Class attitude.

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World Class Bartenders: Boyd Rodbamrung, SMITH restaurant, Thailand

Friday, September 13th, 2013

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

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And some of those drinks were made by

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Boyd Rodbamrung, SMITH restaurant, Thailand

Boyd Rodbamrung is currently head bartender at SMITH restaurant. He learned his craft from mentor and owner of SMITH, Chanond Purananda, a well known mixologist in Thailand.  Boyd loves to use his imagaination when creating drinks and enjoys seeing his customers smile after a sip of one of his cocktails. When he’s not behind the bar, his personal drink of choice is an Old Fashioned with orange essence.

Here’s one of the recipes he wowed us with in the Red Carpet Challenge:

La Vie en Rose

Glass: Flute

Garnish: None

Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass.

60ml Tanqueray No. TEN gin

15ml Homemade red wine reduction (with fennel, honey and anise)

2 drops Lemon bitters

15ml Lemon juice

2 drops Rosewater syrup

 

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World Class Bartender: Bayu Wiseso, Ku De Ta Bali, Indonesia

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

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

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And some of those drinks were made by

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Bayu Wiseso, Ku De Ta Bali, Indonesia

Bayu Wiseso has been a bartender for the past ten years. He primarily learned the craft from his mentor, Bruce Bartholomew, bar manager at the famed Ku De Ta in Bali, who always pushes him to innovate and encourages an exceptional level of personality and creativity. Bayu was a WORLD CLASS Finalist in 2012 and hopes to one day own his own bar. He credits the WORLD CLASS programme with giving him the freedom to use creativity in crafting cocktails.

And here’s one of the cocktails he wowed us with during the St. Tropez Market Challenge

St Tropez Garden 

Glass: Hollowed-out red pepper

Garnish: Flower

Method: Muddle cucumber and chives, then add other ingredients and shake with ice. Double strain.

30ml The Singleton of Glen Ord Single Malt Scotch Whisky

30ml Dry sherry

20ml Lemon juice

15ml Sugar syrup

1 thumb Root ginger

20g Cucumber

2 Chives

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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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SWAG!

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

One of the many benefits of being one of the judges at Diageo Reserve Brand’s World Class Bartender Competition is the swag that one ends up with!  Here are a few of my favorite mementoes from this year’s cruise around the Med!

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swag 001A tie and pin from Trinidad and Tobago!

swag 004Copper Barspoons from Don Julio tequila

swag 028A fan from Japan

Atalay Aktas, Germany swagA Wanted Poster from Germany

Peter Dorelli hanky headAnd a picture of Peter Dorelli Trying to Keep Cool!

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World Class Bartender Competition: Memories of Rio

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

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Here I am in Rio with two of my favorite World Class people: Ariel Miao from Diageo, China, and Tree Mao, China’s finalist in Rio, 2012

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And here’s a great shot with two of my brothers from different mothers: Stan Vadrna, who just happened to be in Rio at the same time as we were there, and Ueno-San.  This was a fine day, indeed.

 

 

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World Class Bartender: Abdou El Asfar, Morocco

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

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Here’s a glimpse of  Abdou El Asfar, finalist in Rio representing Morocco.  Abdou is a true gentleman in every sense of the word.

Here’s one of his recipes from the Retro-Chic round

Twisted Chic – Man in Black

Glass: Coupette

Garnish: None

Method: Stirred and strained

20ml Johnnie Walker Gold Label

20ml Grand Marnier

20ml Espresso

20ml Chocolate syrup

 

 

 

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World Class Bartender: Shigeki Yoshida, Japan

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

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Here’s a look at Shigeki Yoshida, World Class Bartender from Japan

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And this is one of the beautiful cocktails he made for Ueno-San and me in the Cocktail Mastery Round

Here are the recipes for the drinks that Shigeki served during the Retro-Chic round.

Classic Chic – Aviation

Glass: Cocktail

Garnish: Maraschino cherry

Method: Shake and strain

60ml Tanqueray No. TEN

10ml Maraschino

5ml Crème de violette

15ml Lemon juice

Twisted Chic – Silk Stocking for Breakfast

Glass: Cocktail

Garnish: Cinnamon powder

Method: Dry shake, wet shake and strain

60ml Don Julio Reposado

15ml Cream

10ml Maple syrup

2 Egg yolks

 

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World Class Bartender: Devender Seghal, India

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

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Here’s a glimpse of Devender Seghal who represented India in the Rio finals.

Devender’s showing off with his double strain in this picture!  He’s a great guy, though, and he’s kept in touch with me regularly since we met.

These are the recipes for the drinks that Devender served during the retro-chic challange

Classic Chic – Whisky Sour

Glass: Rocks

Garnish: Angostura Bitter stripe

Method: Dry shake, wet shake and strain

50ml Johnnie Walker Gold Label

22.5ml Lemon Juice

22.5ml Honey Syrup

1 Egg White

 Twisted Chic – Lip Twister

Glass: Martini

Garnish: Orange twist

Method: Shaken & double Strained

30ml Ron Zacapa 23

15ml Henessey VSOP

22.5ml St. Germain

2 barspoons Lime Juice

7.5ml Sugar Syrup

 

 

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World Class Bartender: Harley Gurnawan, Indonesia

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

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Here’s a glimpse of Harley Gurnawan, 2012 World Class Finalist from Indonesia

Harley was absolutely delightful. 

He always had a smile on his face, and he was great fun to be around.

If I lived in Indonesia, Harley’s bar would be my local, for sure.

Here are the recipes for the drinks that Harley made in the Retro-Chic round

Harley Gurnawan, Indonesia

Classic Chic – Blood & Sand

Glass: Coupette

Garnish: Fresh cherry

Method: Shaken and strained

50ml Johnnie Walker Gold Label

20ml Cherry Heering

15ml Sweet vermouth

20ml Orange juice

 

Twisted Chic – Ruby Rosita

Glass: Coupette

Garnish: Dehydrated orange slice

Method: Stir and strain

50ml Don Julio Reposado

20ml LBV Port

10ml Lillet Blanc

15ml Aperol

1 dash Orange bitters

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World Class Bartender: Vasilis Kyritsis, Greece

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

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Here’s a Glimpst of Vasilis Kyritsis, the 2012 finalist from Greece

This was one of Vasileios’ more intense moments!

And here are the resipes for the drinks he made for Ueno-San and me during the cocktail Mastery Round.  They were pretty delicious drinks.

El Draque

Glass:

Garnish: Mint leaves

Method: Old Fashioned

60ml Zacapa 23

1 dash Aromatic Bitters

20ml Lime juice

Soda water to top

12 Mint leaves

2 barspoons White sugar

 

The Traditional Twist

Glass: Martini

Garnish: Sour cherry and traditional mastiha dessert and a dash of homemade orange flower on the side

Method: Shake and strain

50ml Tanqueray No. TEN

15ml Skinos Mastiha

15ml coconut Puree

3 dashes Homemade rose water 3 dashes

1 baspoon Homemade Greek sour cherry liqueur

10ml Lemon juice

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World Class Bartender: Tim Philips, Australia

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

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Here’s Tim Philips, Australia’s finalist in Rio, and ultimately the winner of World Class 2012.

Let me take time here to say something from the heart: 

Tim Philips: Nobody Does it Better.  Nobody.

Here are Tim’s recipes from the Retro-Chic round:

Morning Glory Fizz

Glass: Collins

Garnish: None

Method: Dry shake, wet shake and top with soda

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20ml Lemon juice

20ml Gomme

10ml Egg white

Dash Absinthe

Soda to top

 Hot Toddy Australis

Glass: Toddy

Garnish: Cinnamon quill

Method: Muddle ginger, combine remaining ingredients and strain

50ml Johnnie Walker Gold Label

30ml Hot water

15ml Honey

1 Cinnamon quill

Thumbnail Ginger

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World Class Bartender: Tom Wood, Hong Kong

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

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Tom Wood, World Class Bartender from Hong Kong, strutted his stuff admirably in Rio, and he was great fun to hang out with, too!

Vesper

Glass: Martini

Garnish: Lemon twist

Method: Shake and fine strain

45ml Tanqueray 10

15ml Ketel One

10ml Lillet Blanc

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World Class Bartender: Harry Glocker, Germany

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

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Here’s a very serious-looking Harry Glocker, World Class Bartender from Germany.  He’s not always this serious, though! Trust me on this!

Harry Glocker, Germany

Classic Chic: Clover Club

Glass: Cocktail

Garnish: Spray of orange flower water

Method: Shake & strain

45ml Tanqueray No TEN

2 Bsp. Raspberry syrup

15ml Lemon juice

15ml Sweet vermouth

Egg white

 

Twisted Chic: The Girl from Ipanema

Glass: Wine glass

Garnish: Seasonal fruit

Method: Shake and strain over crushed ice

60ml Ron Zacapa 23

10ml Grand Marnier

2 barspoons Raspberry syrup

½ Lemon muddled

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World Class Bartender: Andy Mil, Great Britain

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

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Here’s a shot of Andy Mil, World Class Bartender from the UK, and a man with one of the best patters I ever did hear.

These are his recipes from the Retro-Chic Round.

Classic Chic – Cosmopolitan

Glass: Cocktail

Garnish: Flamed orange twist

Method: Shake and strain

30ml Ketel One Citroen

30ml Cointreau

15ml Cranberry

10ml Lime juice

 

Twisted Chic -Sugar Muma

Glass: Cocktail

Garnish: Lemon zest discarded, floating mint leaf

Method: Shake and strain

50ml Don Julio Anejo

20ml Orgeat

10ml Campari

40ml Pineapple juice

30ml Lime juice

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World Class Bartender: Alexis Taoufiq, France

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

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Alexis Taoufiq, Finalist in Rio from France, showed a flair for sophisticated French style when he made drinks for Ueno-San and me.

Well done, Alexis!

Here are Alexis recipes from the Retro-Chic round

Mai Tai

Glass: Tiki mug

Garnish: Lime zest and mint leavesdiageo world class

Method: Shake and strain

50ml Zacapa 23

20ml Cointreau

20ml Orgeat Syrup

20ml Lime juice

 

Coronation Sling

Glass: Absinthe glass

Garnish: Lime wedge

Method: Shake all except champagne, strain and top with champagne

40ml Ciroc

20ml Peter Heering

5ml honey

10ml Lime juice

40ml champagne

2 thumbs Root ginger

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World Class 2012: Adrian Vega, Costa Rica

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Let’s have a round of applause for Adrian Vega, the 2012 World Class finalist from Costa Rica, and one of the happiest bartenders I ever did see!  Great to meet you, Adrian.

Here are Adrian Vega’s recipes from the retro-chic round

Classic chic – Rob Roy

Glass: Cocktail

Garnish: Cherry

Method: Stirred and strained

45ml Scotch whisky

25ml Sweet vermouth

1 Dash Angostura bitters

 

Twisted chic – Red Rider

Glass: Cocktail

Garnish: None

Method: Stirred and strained

45ml Tanqueray No. TEN

30ml Port

15ml Honey

 

 

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World Class 2012: Matias Grosso, Princess Cruises

Monday, December 24th, 2012

 

Matias Grosso, the 2012 finalist representing Princess Cruises, had a fabulous personality, and his drink-making skills were extraordinary, too.  Hope our paths cross again, Matias.

Here are Matias’ recipes from the retro-chic round.

Blood and Sand

Glass: Coupette

Garnish: Flaming orange zest

Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled Coupette glass

1 oz JW Gold Reserve

3/4 oz Cherry Heering

3/4 oz Rosso Vermouth Carpano

3/4 oz Orange Juice

 

The Fencer

Glass: 6 oz Martini Glass

Garnish: Orange twist

Method: Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled 6 oz Martini glass Tanqueray Nº10 1 oz

Campari 1/2 oz

Dry Vermouth Carpano 1/2 oz

Cointreau 1/4 oz

Absinthe 1/4 oz

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World Class 2012: Juan Valderrama, Colombia

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Juan Valderrama, the 2012 finalist from Colombia, had one of the best “shaker faces” I ever did see!

Classic Chic – Dry Martini

Glass: Martini

Garnish: Olives

Method: Stirred

60ml Tanqueray No. TEN

30ml Dry vermouth

 

Twisted Chic – Ray Night

Glass: Coupette

Garnish: Splash of grenadine and silver sugar balls

Method: Shake and strain

2oz Zacapa 23 rum

½ oz Grand Marnier

½ oz Sweet vermouth

¼ oz Maraschino

1 Egg white

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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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World Class 2012: Pavol Kazimir, Dominican Republic

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Here’s a glimpse of Pavol Kazimir, 2012 finalist from the Dominican Republic.  Pavol’s Mai Tai was a drink of great beauty!

These are the recipes that Pavol used in the retro-chic round.

Classic Chic – Mai Tai

Glass: Cocktail

Garnish: Lime slice, mint sprig

Method: Shake and strain

60ml Zacapa 23

22.5ml Cointreau

22.5ml Orgeat

15ml Lime juice

 

Twisted Chic – French 10

Glass: Flute

Garnish: Grapefruit zest

Method: Shake, strain and top up with tonic

60ml Tanqueray No. TEN

22.5ml Honey

10ml Lime juice

Tonic to top

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World Class 2012: Kasper Riewe Henriksen, Denmark

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

 

Here’s a picture of the wonderful Kasper Riewe Henriksen, 2012 finalist from Denmark

Kasper’s not just a fabulous bartender, he’s a man who takes time to help others.  Recently, when a friend of mine was about to visit Copenhage, Kasper sent me these recommendations.  Thanks Kasper!

Here are the drinks that Kasper made for the Retro-Chic round in Rio.

Classic Chic – Morning Glory Fizz

Glass: Fizz

Garnish: None

Method: Dry shake, add ice, shake and strain into glass

60ml Johnnie Walker Blue Label

30ml Lemon juice

15ml Sugar syrup (2:1)

10ml Egg White

30ml Soda water

1 dash Absinthe

 

Twisted Chic – Another Story Fizz

Glass: Fizz

Garnish: None

Method: Dry shake, shake and strain into glass

50 ml Johnnie Walker Blue Label

10 ml Absinthe

30 ml Lemon juice

Whole egg yolk

20 ml Soda

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World Class 2012: Supawit Muttarattana,Thailand

Friday, October 12th, 2012

 

Here’s a picture I took of Supawit Muttarattana, this year’s finalist from Thailand.  Supawit was very intense behind the bar, but after he finished concentrating on the job at hand, he always had a fabulous smile on his face.

These are the recipes he used in the Classic Chic round:

Classic Chic – Bloody Mary

Glass: Highball

Garnish: Lemon wedge

Method: Build over cubed ice

45ml Ketel One

120ml Tomato juice

10ml Lemon juice

3 dashes Tabasco

2 dashes Worcestershire sauce

3 pinches Salt

3 pinches Pepper

 

Twisted Chic – Mary by the Sea

Glass: Rocks

Garnish: Cherry Tomato, Olive, Celery

Method: Throw then pour over ice

30ml Talisker 10

90ml Tomato juice

15ml Lemon juice

1 barspoon Balsamic vinegar

1 dash Tabasco

1 pinch Chilli

1 pinch Salt

3 pinches Pepper

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World Class 2012: Stephon Scott, Trinidad

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Here’s a glimpse of Stephon Scott, this year’s finalist from Trinidad & Tobago.  Stephon was a finalist in 2011, too, and this year he really stepped up his game–it was fabulous to see how far he’d come in such  short time.  Stephon is also great at not taking himself too seriously, and knowing when it’s the right time for a little fun.  Just look at his grin and you’ll understand!

These are Stephon’s recipes from the Classic Chic round:

Classic Chic – Clover Club

Glass: Coupette

Garnish: Raspberry

Method: Shake and strain

60ml Tanqueray No. TEN

22.5ml Lemon Juice

15ml Raspberry syrup

1 Egg White

1 barspoon Sugar syrup

 

Twisted Chic – Trini Lady

Glass: Coupette

Garnish: Nutmeg & cinnamon powder

Method: Shake and strain

45ml Ketel One

15ml Grand Marnier

30ml Lime Juice

15ml Sugar syrup.

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World Class 2012: Armando Archundia, Switzerland

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Here’s a picture I shot of Armando Archundia, this year’s finalist from Switzerland.  Armando was incredibly stylish behind the bar.   He was a joy to behold.

These are his recipes from the Retro-Chic round

Classic Chic – Rob Roy

Glass: Martini

Garnish: Lemon zest and cherry

Method: Stir

50ml Johnnie Walker Blue Label

20ml Sweet vermouth

10ml Dry vermouth

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

 

Twisted Chic – My Last Word

Glass: Martini

Garnish: Cherry

Method: Shake and strain

40ml Don Julio Blanco infused with sage

10ml Green Chartreuse

10ml Maraschino liqueur

10ml Tanqueray No. TEN

20ml Lime juice

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World Class 2012: Rickey Gomez, USA

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Rickey shook it up real good at this year’s final in Rio.  Here are his recipes from the Retro-Chic round:

Ricky Gomez, USA

Classic Chic – Last Word

Glass: Coupette

Garnish: None

Method: Shake and strain

30ml Don Julio Blanco

22.5ml Lime Juice

22.5ml Green Chartreuse

22.5ml Maraschino

 

Twisted Chic

Glass: Coupette

Garnish: None

Method: Shake and strain

60ml Don Julio Reposado

22.5ml Lime Juice

22.5ml 2:1 Honey Syrup

12.5ml Green Chartreuse

3 Dashes Angostura Bitters

8 drops Tabasco

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World Class 2012: Rikard Enell, Sweden

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Rikard Enell, the 2012 finalist from Sweden, really strutted his suff in Rio.  Here are the drinks he made for Ueno-San and me in the Cocktail Mastery round.

Rikard Enell, Sweden

Bijou

Glass: Martini

Garnish: Lemon zest

Method: Stir all and strain

40ml Tanqueray No. TEN

22ml Sweet vermouth

18ml Green Chartreuse

 

Cloudy Crusta

Glass: Flute

Garnish: Lemon zest and sugar rim

Method: Shake all and strain

50ml Zacapa 23

18ml Lemon

5ml Orgeat

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

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World Class 2012: Brent Perrimore, South Africa

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Brent Perrimore, the 2012 finalist from South Africa, made a drink in an Ostrich egg for Ueno-San and me during the Cocktail Mastery round.

Pretty cool, huh?

The egg now sits on the bookcase next to my armchair.  Thanks, Brent!

Here are Brent’s recipes from the Retro-Chic round.

Classic Chic – Aviation

Glass: Martini

Garnish: Cherry

Method: Shake and double strain into grapefruit peel-rubbed glass

50ml Tanqueray No. TEN

10ml Maraschino

5ml Crème de Violette

12.5ml Lemon juice

 

Twisted Chic – Ambitious One

Glass: Martini

Garnish: Lavender sprig

Method: Shake and double strain into Green Chartreuse-rinsed glass

37.5ml Tanqueray No. TEN

37.5ml Cloudy apple juice

12.5ml Sugar syrup

10ml Lemon juice

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

 

 

 

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World Class 2012: Varia Dellalian, Lebanon

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Varia Dellalian, this year’s finalist from Lebanon, went to an enormous amount of trouble in her presentation for Ueno-San and me in Rio.  Just look at this exotic platter!

And these are Varia’s recipes from the Retro-Chic round:

Classic Chic – Bloody Mary

Glass: Highball

Garnish: Lemon wedge, salt and pepper rim, red chilli and celery stick

Method: Thrown

50ml Ketel One vodka

20ml Worcester sauce

10ml Lemon juice

1 tbsp Tabasco

1 dash gomme syrup

2 pinches Celery salt

2 pinches Pepper

6 pinches Salt

150ml Tomato juice

 

Twisted Chic – Mai Tai (My Golden Tie)

Glass: Rocks

Garnish: Lime shell, sprig of mint and spray of Lagavulin 16

Method: Shake and strain

30ml Zacapa 23 rum

20ml Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve

15ml Lime juice

15ml Orange curacao

20ml Honey and orgeat mix

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Ricardo Nava Mendoza, Mexico: World Class 2012

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Ricardo Nava Mendoza, this year’s finalist from Mexico, wowed us in Rio this year.  Here are his recipes from the Retro-Chic round.

Classic Chic – Blood and Sand

Glass: Martini

Garnish: Maraschino cherry and orange zest

Method: Shake and strain

30ml Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve

22.5ml Sweet vermouth

22.5ml Cherry Heering

22.5ml Orange juice

 

Twisted Chic – Zacapa Negroni

Glass: Old Fashioned

Garnish: Build in glass

Method: Orange wheel

30ml Zacapa 23

30ml Campari

20ml Sweet vermouth

 

 

 

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Luis Franco, Panama: World Class 2012

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Here’s a glimpse of Luis Franco, Panama’s World Class finalist, in Rio this year.  Luis was wildly creative when he made drinks for Ueno-San and me, using balsamic vinegar and olive oil in a Jon Julio-based cocktail called Napolitan Dream.  And here are a couple more recipes that Luis used during the Classic-Chic round.

Classic Chic – Mai Tai

Glass: Rocks

Garnish: Pineapple and mint sprig

Method: Shake and strain

60ml Zacapa 23

15ml Grand Marnier

15ml Lime juice

30ml Sugar syrup

15ml Pineapple juice

7.5ml Grenadine

 

Twisted Chic – Eco-politan

Glass: Martini

Garnish: Raspberry

Method: Shake and strain

60ml Ketel One

15ml Grand Marnier

30ml Raspberry juice

7.5ml Lemon juice

15ml Sugar syrup

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Leslie Cofresi, Puerto Rico: World Class 1012

Friday, August 24th, 2012

 

Here’s a look at Leslie Cofresi, the 2012 finalist from Puerto Rico.  Leslie showed that Latin-American bartenders really stepped up their game this year–they were truly World Class.  Here are a couple of the drinks he made in the Retro-Chic challenge

Classic Chic – The Last Word

Glass: Old Fashioned

Garnish: Lime peel

Method: Shake and strain over an oversized ice cube.

22.5ml Tanqueray No. TEN

22.5ml Green Chartreuse

22.5ml Maraschino Liqueur

22.5ml lime juice

 

Twisted Chic – El Presidente

Glass: Cocktail

Garnish: Grapefruit peel

Method: Stir and strain

45ml Don Julio Anejo

22.5ml Dry Vermouth

15ml Grand Marnier liqueur

7.5ml Grenadine

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Jesper Host, Norway: World Class 2012

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

 

Jesper Host, this year’s finalist from Norway, showed strong when he made a Spruce Goose Martini for Ueno-San and me.  It was nice and smoky, and very complex (pictured on right)

Here are a couple of Jesper’s recipes for the Retro-Chic round.

Classic Chic – Aviation

Glass: Martini

Garnish: Lemon zest

Method: Shake and strain

40ml Tanqueray No. TEN

20ml Maraschino

10ml Crème de violette

30ml Lemon juice

 

Twisted Chic – Blood of a Scotsman

Glass: Cocktail

Garnish: Maraschino cherry

Method: Stir and strain

35ml Talisker 10

20ml Dry vermouth

10ml Elderflower liqueur

7.5ml Campari

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Aki Eguchi, Singapore: World Class 2012

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Aki Eguchi from Singapore showed fabulous style and creativity in Rio this year at the Global World Class Finals.  Here are a couple of his recipes:

Classic Chic – Singapore Sling

Glass: Sling

Garnish: Lemon wheel

Method: Shake and strain

45ml Tanqueray No. TEN

20ml Cherry Brandy

10ml Benedictine

60ml Pineapple juice

 

Twisted Chic – Lucy and Ricky

Glass: Martini

Garnish: 2 cherries

Method: Shake and strain

45ml Bulleit Bourbon

10ml Cranberry juice

4 barspoons Maraschino Cherry Syrup

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Andy Seo, Korea: World Class 2012

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Andy really knew how to shake that thing!  Check out his recipes for Classic and Twisted Chic drinks.

Andy Seo, Korea

Classic Chic – Cosmopolitan

Glass: Cocktail

Garnish: Lemon zest

Method: Shake and strain

50ml Ketel One Citroen

15ml Cointreau

20ml Cranberry juice

10ml Lime juice

 

Twisted Chic – Rose & Nose

Glass: Cocktail

Garnish: Lime zest

Method: Shake and strain

50ml Tanqueray No. TEN

15ml Cointreau

10ml Lime juice

10ml Cranberry juice

15ml Egg white

5ml Honey

 

 

 

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Fjalar Goud, Netherlands: World Class 2012

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Fjalarand I partied together in Amsterdam a few years ago, so it was great to see him again in Rio this year.  During one of the final challenges I asked him to make me a drink that contained Chartreuse, and no fruit juices.  The result was stupendous, and Fjalar was thoughtful enough to send me the recipe via facebook.  Here it is–simple and delicious.

The Herbal Don
Recipe by Fjalar Goud, Netherlands
60 ml Don Julio blanco
10 ml Green Charteuse
10 ml Agave syrup
2 dashes orange bitters
Stir with ice a little longer then normally, and strain in a nice cold coupe. Garnish with a thick orange zest.

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Abdou El Asfor, Morocco: World Class, 2012

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Abdou El Asfor, 2012 finalist from Morocco, showed really well in our Cocktail Mastery challenge, despite being hindered by the lack of dry ice, something, he needed for his presentation.  Using exotic Moroccan spices, though, he fair dazzled Ueno-San and me with his innate sense of style, and a couple of beautiful cocktails.

Here’s a recipe for the drink that Abdou presented in the Retro-Chic challenge:

Man in Black

Glass: Coupette

Garnish: None

Method: Stirred and strained

20ml Johnnie Walker Gold Label

20ml Grand Marnier

20ml Espresso

20ml Chocolate syrup

Recipe courtesy Class Magazine

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All Hail Tim Philips!

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

2012 Winner of the
Diageo Global World Class Bartender Competition

AND DESERVEDLY SO

I witnessed incredible talent from this year’s finalists, and more than a few of them could have easily been this year’s World Class winner.  If it wasn’t for Tim Phillips.

He stood tall among a sea of giants.

Well done, Tim.

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Six of the Best

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Here we present six of the world’s best bartenders.  All are finalists at the Wold Class Bartender Competition in Rio, 2012,

Abdou El Asfor, Morocco

Andy Seo, Korea

 

Aki Eguchi, Singapore

Denis Kryazhhev, Russia

Fjalar Goud, Netherlands

 Jesper Host, Norway

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Happy World Class Birthday Salvatore!

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

The Luverly Eliana Martins Pessanha, aka Miss Rio, took us on a tour of cachaca bars yesterday to help celebrate Salvatore Calabrese’s birthday.

It was a World Class Bar Crawl!

We Started out at the Acadamia da Cachaca

Dennis Tamse, gaz, Peter Dorelli, Salvatore Calabrese, DaLe DeGroff, Ueno-San, and Bob Nolet of Ketel One

After tasting, oh, about 27 different Cachacas (they have over 100 bottlings there, and many of them are just sublime spirits), we toddled off to Astor

Where we met Carlos, a simply splendid bartender!

And a Trio of Girls from Ipenina!

And Salvatore gave Dale sone Serious Words of Wisdom

Happy Birthday, Salvatore!

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