Disaronno names Mixing Star winner at global final

Tess PosthumusTess Posthumus (pictured) from Door 74 bar in Amsterdam was declared the winner of the third Disaronno Mixing Star competition at the global final.

Representing the Netherlands, she beat 17 other bartenders from around the world, including three regional winners from the UK, with a cocktail inspired by Steven Spielberg’s thriller Jaws.

Her Killer Cocktail mixed Disaronno with gin, Campari, passion fruit syrup, lemon juice and cranberry bitters. It won over a panel of judges made up of journalists and experts from all over the world, including renowned mixology guru Dom Costa.

As well as gaining the title of Disaronno Mixing Star 2013, she will be flown to Venice for the International Film Festival, where she will have the opportunity to offer her Disaronno signature cocktail to celebrities walking the red carpet.

Second place was won by Alessandro Avilla from Italy, where he works at Fusion Bar in Florence. His cocktail was Au Revoir Shoshanna!, inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds.

Third place went to Hector De La Rosa from Belgium, where he works at Thon Hotel EU in Brussels. He created the drink, Moonwalker, inspired by the film of the same name starring Michael Jackson.

The third edition of Mixing Star attracted entries from over 1,000 professional bartenders from the UK, Italy, Ireland, Germany, France, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium, the USA and Canada.

After regional “castings” in Manchester, Edinburgh and London, the UK was represented by heat winners Tim Laferla of Love Lust Liquor and Burn in Manchester, Ian Sanderson of Tiki Bar in Glasgow and Jimi Pearce of former London bar Wax Jambu.

To view a video of the Manchester casting, click here. For the video of the Edinburgh casting, click here. And for the video of the London casting, click here.

For the first time this year, participants took part in acting master classes where they were able to pick up the skills of being an actor to help them express themselves when mixing cocktails and in presenting their creations behind the bar.

At the final at Club Harbour in Amsterdam, special guests Ago Perrone from London’s Connaught Bar and Marian Beke from London’s Nightjar spoke about the latest cocktail trends and how they became mixology stars.

Disaronno winners

Killer Cocktail by Tess Posthumus

45ml Disaronno
30ml Beefeater Gin
30ml Fresh lemon juice
10ml Campari
10ml Monin Passion Fruit Syrup
3 dashes Fee Brothers Cranberry Bitters
Garnish: lemon zest

Shake all the ingredients with cubed ice, except for the bitters and zest. Strain over crushed ice into a pre-chilled “shark mug”. Add the cranberry bitters on top, in the style of a Bramble, to make it look like a bloody float. Add a short straw and the lemon zest, cut like a shark fin.

Au Revoir Shoshanna! by Alessandro Avilla

15ml Disaronno
40ml Kentucky bourbon whiskey
25ml Cherry brandy
5ml Chocolate bitters
15ml Green Chartreuse
1 Sugar cube
Garnish: grapefruit peel

Cool down an Old Fashioned glass with ice, water and Green Chartreuse. Cool down the mixing glass and, once cold, smash the sugar cube soaked with bitter chocolate at the bottom of the glass. Add the rest of the ingredients, melting as much of the sugar as possible in the glass. Add ice cubes and stir until the drink appears cold and well diluted. Empty the Old Fashioned glass and strain the drink into it. Garnish with a grapefruit peel. Serve with toasted bread and dark chocolate flavoured with a blend of herbs and spices smoked on the spot.

Moonwalker by Hector De La Rosa

30ml Disaronno
50ml Green Chartreuse
30ml Fresh lime juice
2 barspoons Dandoy Speculoos jam
1 Egg white
Garnish: pumpkin, beetroot, sugar

Shake all the ingredients for 10 seconds and strain into a small Martini glass. Garnish with pumpkin, beetroot, sugar and a straw.

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