Bartenders are being invited to enter a cocktail and food pairing competition for Mamont Vodka with the prize of a mammoth-hunting trip in Siberia.
They are asked to team up with a chef to come up with a dish and a cocktail that capture Mamont’s Siberian heritage, both of which must include the vodka as the primary ingredient.
The prize is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join an expedition in the North Asian territory to search for a great mammoth, which is believed to be long extinct.
A series of heats will take place in London, Paris, Tbilis and St Petersburg with participants competing to take part in the grand finale in Moscow on May 19.
Teams consisting of a bartender and a chef, both currently employed by a licensed bar or restaurant, must submit their entries by March 10 via the competition website at www.mamont-mission.com. They must submit detailed recipes including a step-by-step method and a list of all ingredients.
Six pairs will be selected for the London heat which will be held at the Shrub and Shutter in Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, south London, on March 23. Teams from all over the UK are invited to enter, with all travel and accommodation expenses covered.
It follows the success of last year’s Mamont Circumpolar Competition which was won by bartender Valentin Calvel and chef Clément Bappel of Paris restaurant Apicius.
Valentin devised a drink called The Ice Floe, combining Mamont with lime juice, sea water, Boston Bitters, osetra caviar, white sugar and dill, served in an Old Fashioned glass. Clement’s appetiser was Arctic Drop: balls of tartar of arctic char and caviar served with spheres made with Mamont, sea water and gelatin (pictured).