‘Innovative’ cocktail wins Cranes liqueur competition

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Danilo Sassanelli from Graphic in London has won a competition seeking “innovative” cocktails made with Cranes Cranberry & Blood Orange Liqueur.

He created a drink called 160 Cranes (pictured top) which combines the English liqueur with calvados, Aperol, bergamot, cider vinegar, lime juice and egg white. See below for the recipe.

He won not only a cash prize but a year’s supply of Cranes liqueur for the Soho bar. He has also gained the part-time job of Cranes brand ambassador.

The other competitors at the final at the Prince of Wales in Brixton, south London, were both from south London bars: Sammy from First Aid Box in Herne Hill and Louis from The Shrub and Shutter in Brixton.

The contest was judged by bartender and drinks specialist Tom Arnold, Cambridge bartender Sean Cambridge, and twin brothers Benjamin and Daniel Ritsema who co-founded Cranes.

Competitors were challenged to create innovative cocktails that would “Paint the Town Red”, with the only specification that they included 20ml of Cranes Cranberry & Blood Orange Liqueur.

Benjamin said: “It was extremely gratifying to see these amazing bartenders making such exotic cocktails with our liqueur. They all tasted superb. It was an extremely close competition with Danilo creeping out in front.

“We had a huge range of people attend the event from influencers to investors. It was a huge success and we’re looking forward to working with Graphic bar and Danilo in the future.”

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160 Cranes by Danilo Sassanelli
25ml Cranes Cranberry & Blood Orange Liqueur
30ml Calvados
5ml Aperol
25ml Lime juice
5ml Cider vinegar
Bergamot bitters
Egg white
Awaiting method.

Pictured left to right: Benjamin Ritsema, Daniel Ritsema, Danilo Sassanelli, Sean Cambridge and Tom Arnold.

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Photography by Fordtography

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