Estonian bartender wins Monin World Cup

A creamy gin-based cocktail with flavours of strawberry, peach and amaretto helped bartender Maia Iljina from Estonia win this year’s final of the International Monin Cup.

She was one of 27 bartenders from Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific who competed at the event at the Montparnasse Tower in Paris this month. They included the winner of the UK Monin Cup, William Humphery (pictured) from Hausbar in Bristol, who came 10th out of 27.

The finalists had to prepare a Monin-flavoured alcoholic short drink and then the final six were challenged to create a Monin-flavoured non-alcoholic long drink using ingredients from a mystery box.

Maia, who is a bartender at the Olympic Casino in Tallinn, impressed judges with her cocktail, La Vie en Rose, which featured Le Fruit de Monin Strawberry, Monin Peach Syrup, Monin Amaretto syrup, dry gin and cream. Her non-alcoholic Oasis included Le Fruit de Monin Strawberry, Le Fruit de Monin Passion Fruit, Perrier and basil leaves.

Her prize is a trip to London during London Cocktail Week in October next year.

Second place went to Miyuki Hongo of Japan, while Tadas Dvarvytis from Lithuania was third.

The Monin Cup Final event also featured talks and demonstrations from leading cocktail experts, such as Joseph Trotta on cocktail garnishes by Joseph Trotta, Perrier on mixology tips and Eric Bouton on syrup tasting plus a flair show from award-winning flair bartenders Marek Posluszny and Tomek Malek.

James Coston, Monin UK brand ambassador, said: “It was an amazing competition, with plenty of innovation, flair and creativity on display. Monin syrups allow mixologists to use their skills to the full, and the final showed just how imaginative and clever competitors could be. There were some truly delicious and fantastic-looking drinks produced.”

La Vie En Rose by Maia Iljina

15ml Le Fruit de Monin Strawberry
10ml Monin Amaretto syrup
10ml Monin Peach syrup
30ml Dry gin
30ml Cream

Method: Shake
Garnish: Vanilla, strawberry, clove, thyme

Oasis by Maia Iljina

30ml Le Fruit de Monin Strawberry
20ml Monin Passion Fruit syrup
40ml Caraibos Cocktail des Iles
120ml Perrier
3 Basil leaves

Method: Shake
Garnish: Red grapefruit, pineapple leaves, strawberry and cloves

Oliver’s Twist by William Humphery (from the world final)

40ml Martin Millers Gin
1.25ml Kamm & Sons Ginseng Spirit
10ml Monin Fig Syrup
5ml Monin Crème De Cacao Blanc

Stir in a Thermos flask and then serve in a cocktail glass garnished with a red rose infused with chocolate bitters.

Olivier’s Rose by William Humphery (from the UK final)

60ml G Miclo Poire William
25ml Fresh lemon juice
15ml Monin Bubble Gum syrup
1 Fresh egg white

Shake ingredients with cubed ice and double-strain into a large coupette glass. Sprinkle Hundreds & Thousands on top as a garnish.

One for the Monin by William Humphery (from the UK final)

30ml Monin Banana puree
30ml Fresh lemon juice
6ml Monin Orgeat syrup
1 Fresh egg white
Sparkling mineral water

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a highball glass over fresh cubed ice. Top up with sparkling mineral water.

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