London bartender is a winner in Gin Mare global final


Gin Mare Robyn Fabio Gastrobartender

London-based bartender Robyn Wilkie was a winner in an international competition run by Gin Mare seeking cocktails with Mediterranean flavours and food pairings.

Robyn, who works at 7 Tales at Sosharu, took joint first place with Fabio Brusco from San Rocco restaurant in Alicante, Spain, at the final of Mediterranean Inspirations 2016 in Ibiza this week.

With the other six bartenders from around the world, they were challenged to present three drinks including their personal vision for a Mediterranean Gin & Tonic and their take on a Mare Nostrum cocktail using Mediterranean influences.

New for this year was the third challenge: to create a Gastrobartender drink – a gastronomically paired cocktail inspired by egg, a current trend on the international bartending scene.

Robyn’s G&T was The Olive Branch, made with Gin Mare, Cocchi Americano vermouth, two drops of Nori seaweed tincture and 1724 Tonic Water.

Fabio created the Blood & Tonic, with Gin Mare, tomato foam, salt, pepper, lemon peel and 1724 Tonic Water. They are pictured below with their drinks.

Gin Mare Robyn Fabio gin and tonic

Robyn’s Mare Nostrum cocktail (pictured below) was the Locomotive, with Gin Mare, sage and rosemary cordial, Tio Pepe sherry and pepper gratin. Fabio created the Evergreen, with Gin Mare, rosemary, celery juice, lemon juice, sugar, Ibiza salt and cava.

For the Gastrobartender drink, Robyn devised The Masquerade (pictured top), with a cocktail combining Gin Mare, saffron and carrot shrub and lemon juice plus an almond and honey foam with a rice cracker. It was paired with grilled squid with aubergine puree, mint with orange and sunflower.

Fabio’s concept was Horizon, featuring a cocktail made with Gin Mare, egg yolk, sugar, lemon juice, herb liqueur and red wine. He served it alongside bread with tomato, anchovies, almond crisp with mayonnaise and curry.

The judges for the cocktails were Erik Lorincz of The American Bar at The Savoy in London, American bartender Ted Kilpatrick, Jorge Balbontin of brand owner Vantguard and Gegham Kazaris of Kazaris Lab.

The judges for the gastronomic aspects of the competition included food critic Jonathan Armengol, Quim Márquez of Boquería Market Barcelona, Aitor Olabegoya of GastroJoy in China and Johan Langenbick, founder of Foodpairing.com

It was held at Villa Mare – a takeover of a luxurious, minimalist villa in Ibiza that lasts for only 20 days every year, with amazing views including sunsets from Na Xamena.

Gin Mare Robyn Mare Nostrum

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