Aberdeen bar owner wins UK’s Disaronno Mixing Star

Adrian Gomes

Aberdeen bar entrepreneur Adrian Gomes (pictured) has won a place on a “boot camp” in Sicily after being named UK winner of this year’s Disaronno Mixing Star.

He impressed judges with his Agro di Paradiso cocktail, a twist on a Disaronno Sour, combining the amaretto with limoncello honey shrub, fresh lemon, cardamom and saffron bitters and egg white.

Adrian, who runs two of Aberdeen’s top cocktail bars, The Tippling House and 10 Dollar Shake, came top out of 200 entries received from bartenders across the UK, who were challenged to create a twist on the classic Disaronno Sour.

As part of his prize, he will travel to the Disaronno Mixing Star Lab in Cantine Florio in Sicily in July on an all-expenses paid trip. He will join the Disaronno brand team and a group of professional mixologists, including London-based bartender and bar owner Tony Conigliaro, and the 2013 Mixing Star finalists for an intensive training course.

Rachel Edwards Stuart, a food and flavour expert will be joining them in Sicily as one of the professional trainers. Having previously worked with renowned chefs including Heston Blumenthal, she works alongside food and beverage companies in developing new products, as well as running demonstrations and classes for chefs and bartenders on the science of flavour perception.

Disaronno’s brand manager Sam Bovill said: “The quantity and quality of this year’s Mixing Star entries exceeded our expectations and it was great to see a mix of rising talent and established bartenders come through with some of the most imaginative and impressive Disaronno Sour recipes that I’ve seen.

“The standard made it extremely difficult to whittle the entries down, but Adrian’s Agro di Paradiso won over the tough judging panel. Adrian used intriguing ingredients like limoncello honey shrub to add a twist to the Disaronno Sour without taking away from the simplicity and classic nature of the cocktail.

“His appreciation of Disaronno’s history, quality and versatility made him stand out from competition and I’m sure Adrian is looking forward to re-creating the Agro di Paradiso in Sicily alongside the globe’s Mixing Star finalists.”

The judges in the UK competition included the three bartenders who represented the UK in the 2013 Mixing Star global finals: Jimi Pearce, who is set to open new London bar Kilburn Ironworks this summer, Ian Sanderson of Tiki Bar & Kitsch Inn in Glasgow and Tim Laferla of Mr Cooper’s House and Garden in Manchester.

They were joined on the judging panel by Disaronno UK brand ambassador Rod Eslamieh and freelance drinks journalist Claire Dodd.

Agro di Paradiso by Adrian Gomes

50ml Disaronno Originale
25ml Limoncello honey shrub
15ml Fresh lemon
10ml Cardamom and saffron bitters
1 Egg white

Shake all the ingredients with cubed ice including the lemon juice and egg white. Strain over crushed ice into a glass.

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