Winner named in Mamont Vodka challenge

Rosie Paterson from the Voodoo RoomsRosie Paterson (pictured) from the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh has won a cocktail competition that challenged bartenders to defy convention and create a drink with a “spirit of adventure”.

After heats in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow, she was announced as winner of the final of the Mamont Vodka Challenge at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh.

Second place went to Dean Evans from the Finnieston in Glasgow while David Smiley from Booly Mardy’s in Glasgow was third.

For the drink representing “the spirit of adventure”, competitors were urged “to forget about the boundaries of common convention and look deep into their soul to create a truly inspired Mamont vodka cocktail”.

They were also challenged to create a perfect serve that demonstrated Mamont’s brand values of “quality of ingredient, cleanliness and sense of adventure”. The aim was that the winning drink could be recreated around the world in bars and at events which meant it had to be easily replicable and produced using only commercially available ingredients.

Rosie’s perfect serve was The Ginger Mammoth, made with freshly chopped ginger, half a shot of lemon juice, half a shot of vanilla syrup and 50ml of Mamont Vodka, shaken and poured into a tall tumbler and topped up with ginger beer.

Her more adventurous cocktail was From Tusk till Dawn, made by putting 60ml of Mamont Vodka, 50ml of homemade clove syrup and four dashes of lavender bitters with ice into a glass that had been smoked with pine needles. This is then strained into a Martini glass with a smoked pine needle garnish.

Other bartenders to make it through to the final were Morgan Tooth and Byron Abbott from Bond No 9 in Leith, Adam Gray from Dusk in Aberdeen, Jacek Dudek from Tonic in Edinburgh, Alasdair Shaw from Bath Street Pony in Glasgow, Alistair Kelsey from Booly Mardy’s and Scott Ingram from Blythswood Square in Glasgow.

The judges were Jody Monteith and Marc Farrell, from bar and drinks consultancy The Liquorists, and Tamara Mazur, Mamont brand ambassador.

The regional heats were held in July and August at Tonic in Edinburgh, Orchid in Aberdeen and Bath Street Pony in Glasgow. It was organised by Eaux de Vie, which distributes Mamont Vodka in the UK.

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