Bartender off to Jerez after winning Harveys Cobbler Challenge

Andrew Loudon

Bartender Andrew Loudon (pictured) of London bar Satan’s Whiskers is heading off to Jerez in southern Spain after winning the first Harveys Cobbler Challenge.

He won the competition with his Denmark Street cocktail, an inventive twist on the classic sherry cobbler, using homemade walnut milk syrup, fresh pink lady apple juice and rose water.

He was inspired by childhood memories of a sherry-drinking aunt, taking elements such as her floral perfume and apple desserts to come up with the recipe. See below for the full recipe.

For his prize, Andrew and a guest will travel to Jerez, the home of Harveys, for a guided tour of the vineyards and bodegas, hosted by Harveys brand ambassador Maria Eugenia Herrera Garcia.

Other bartenders at last month’s final at Discount Suit Company bar in east London were Adrian Gomes of the Tippling House in Aberdeen, Simone Rossi of Quo Vadis in London, Matthew Greenwood of London’s Dirty Martini bars, Gianfranco Cacciola of Bar Quadrato at the Four Seasons Hotel Canary Wharf, Federico Pavan of Salvatore at Playboy in London’s Mayfair, and Matt Green of the Discount Suit Company.

In second place was Simone who made Camino a Jerez with Harveys Fino and Harveys PX, chinotto liqueur, grapefruit juice and a dash of orange bitters.

Third place was given to Adrian for his drink, The Cobbler’s Daughter, made with sherry Signature by Harveys and a homemade blueberry and brioche shrub.

Competing bartenders were allowed to use any Harveys sherry from the portfolio, including Signature by Harveys, Harveys Fino, Harveys Medium Sherry and Harveys Bristol Cream in addition to the Very Old Rare Sherry range (VORS) — Harveys Fine Old Amontillado, Harveys Palo Cortado, Harveys Rich Old Oloroso and Harveys PX.

Cocktails had to include at least 40ml Harveys and only four other ingredients, one of which could be homemade.

Entrants’ cocktails were reviewed by a panel of four judges led by Amanda Humphrey, manager of Mixxit, the training arm of Harveys’ UK distributor Maxxium UK. She was joined by Simon Webster of BarLifeUK, Lucas Bols brand ambassador John Clay and Simon Tooley of Penkul & Banks in Shoreditch, east London. The finalists were scored on creativity, flavour, presentation, bartending etiquette and Harveys brand and cobbler knowledge.

Eileen Livingston, Maxxium UK’s marketing controller for Harveys, said: “The calibre of bartenders that participated in Harveys’ first bartender competition in the UK demonstrates the heightened interest in sherry amongst the on-trade.

“Bartenders are embracing sherry and our finalists showcased their knowledge and passion with impressive cocktails that built upon the classic cobbler recipe.

“Andrew Loudon’s cocktail stood out as it delivered on taste and presentation and his creativity was truly evident, as was his sherry knowledge.”

Denmark Street

Denmark Street by Andrew Loudon

50ml Harveys Fino
25ml Homemade walnut milk syrup
15ml Fresh lemon juice
15ml Fresh pink lady apple juice
2 drop of rose water

Build in a shaker and give it a very quick shake. Strain into a wine glass over cracked ice and garnish with a mint sprig, lemon twist, amarena cherry and a straw.

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