Germany wins final of Courvoisier’s Toast of Paris competition


Courvoisier Cocktail Competition 2016 Memories

Aleksandrs Sadovskis from Prinzipal Kreuzberg bar in Berlin drew on the smokiness of lapsang souchong tea to win Courvoisier’s international competition to find a new champagne cocktail twist.

Representing Germany, he beat bartenders from Canada, Austria, France and the UK in the final of the Toast of Paris competition in Paris this month.

His drink, Memories (pictured), combined Courvoisier VSOP with lapsang souchong tea syrup plus lime juice, topped up with champagne.

Bartenders were challenged to create a twist on the classic Champagne Cocktail inspired by Paris’s Golden Age. It tied in with Courvoisier’s global campaign, The Toast of Paris Since 1889, and packaging which all take inspiration from the Golden Age, or Belle Époque, in Paris between 1870 and 1910.

The other finalists, who all won national competitions in their own countries, included Patrice Plante from L’Atelier in Québec, Lukas Hochmuth from D-Bar at Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Vienna, Roman Tournay from La Conserverie in Paris, and Witek Wojaczek from The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy in London. Click here for Witek’s recipe.

After the final, all the bartenders travelled to the Courvoisier Chateau in Jarnac for a rare opportunity to visit the centuries-old Paradis Cellar with master blender Patrice Pinet.

Aleksandrs (pictured below) also received the prize of a bespoke Courvoisier cognac blend, presented in an engraved crystal decanter.

He designed his drink to symbolise the taste and aroma of Paris during the Golden Age: the sweet and fruity aromas of the Courvoisier VSOP together with the refreshing lime juice and the effervescent champagne mirror the French city’s charm and joie de vivre.

He added: “It impressed me that Courvoisier was served at the opening of the Eiffel Tower in 1889. The smoky lapsang souchong tea recalls the building of this landmark and the whole Industrial Revolution.

“With the high quality of Courvoisier and the first-class competitors, the competition was very challenging so I feel honoured that I could win this victory for Germany.”

Memories by Aleksandrs Sadovskis
40ml Courvoisier VSOP
20ml Lapsang souchong tea syrup
15ml Fresh lime juice
Top with champagne

Courvoisier Cocktail Competition 2016 Aleksandrs

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