Cardiff bartender declared Russian Standard’s Master of the Mule

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Jenny Griffiths from Cardiff bar Ten Mill Lane has been declared Master of the Mule in a competition run for Russian Standard vodka.

She was one of 10 finalists to compete in the final in London last month at the end of a year-long search to find bartenders with the best spin on a classic Mule cocktail.

Taking place at Village Underground in Shoreditch in London, the finalists took part in a series of challenges set by Russian Standard Vodka, judged by a panel including bartender Alex Kratena, Russian Standard brand ambassador Tatiana Petrakova and last year’s Master of the Mule winner, Alex O’Brien.

The first challenge presented each bartender with a secret ingredient which they then had to use to create an innovative Russian Standard cocktail in just a few minutes.

The judges, who were blind-folded to taste each of the drinks, chose Kamal Daghistani from The King’s Grill and Cocktail Bar in Chester who won this round using Frangelico.

In the second round, they presented their innovative Russian Mule creations to the judges, with a wide variety of ingredients used, from beer to cardamom syrup and fennel.

Jenny was declared Master of the Mule 2015 with her Imperial Mule, a refreshing invention made from Angostura Bitters, ginger and chilli marmalade, lime juice, Russian Standard Original, ginger and lemon sorbet, garnished with a large zest of orange, mint and rosemary.

Her prize includes an all-expenses-paid three-day trip to St Petersburg in Russia, the home of Russian Standard Vodka, where they will visit the distillery and experience the culture, heritage and nightlife of the historic city.

Jenny is pictured with Alex (left) and Tatiana (right).

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