Mix Off Competitions
This September we were lucky to be working with BULLDOG Gin a multi-award winning, super-premium gin handcrafted at an English distillery that has been making the highest quality gin for over 250 years. Our competitors were asked to create their own BULLDOG cocktail and then went head to head in a speed competition on the live food show stage on 6th September during the Sussex and World Market on Hove Lawns.
We’re happy to annouce the winner for was Sarah Aoun of Drakes Hotel, Kemp Town, Brighton. Her delicious cocktail recipe was
‘The Secret Candied Garden’
2 x Fresh Litchi
4-5 Fresh Blackberries
50ml Bulldog gin
25ml Litchi Liquer
12.5ml homemade Lavender Sugar Syrup
Muddle the litchi & blackberries in the bottom of shaker, add remaining ingredients, shake hard with ice, double strain into a chilled martini glass.
To garnish to jelly baby,s on a skewer (balancing on rim, feet in drink) and one candied mint leaf floating.
Watch this space for details of our next comp coming up in Spring 2015!
All pictures courtesy of ©Julia Claxton/BHFDF
This springs Mix Off Champion was Paul De newton of Ninja Bar, he wowed us with his super speedy cocktail making and his delicioius Koko Kanu Cocktail. Last Autumns finalists, really pulled out all the stops and came up with some fabulous creations. Max Curzon of Hotel Du Vin gave us ‘The Mad Butter Fudger’, a unique blend of Banks rum, Courvoisier VS, Home-made salted butterscotch with Montezuma 72% Dark chocolate and Orange bitters. Max also decided to have a side of sweet treats to tempt the crowd. He provided guests with Butterscotch fondue with Montezuma 72% Dark chocolate buttons, Roly’s salted fudge and Home-made Boozy Banks Truffles.
Will Underwood of Valentinos cocktail bar created two cocktails for the evening of the Mix Off. Firstly ‘Sussex Heights’, this cocktail consisted of Blackdown gin, Spiced Honey Mead and Jade 1901. The second cocktail was named ‘Old English Gin and Tonic’, The ingredients for this cocktail were cucumber, lime, elderflower, Blackdown gin and tonic.
The winning concoction however was ‘The War of the Roses’ by Ali Bell of Plataeu, the cocktail was a blend of Four Rose Yellow Label bourbon, home-made cherry and apple jam, orange juice, lemon juice and grated dark chocolate. This unique concoction won Ali Bell his 2013 Brighton’s best bartender title, as well as pleasing a cocktail loving crowd!
So here come the thank you’s! … Firstly a big thank you is to the bartenders who took part in the event. Max Curzon-price from Hotel DuVin , Ali Bell from Plateau and William underwood from Valentinos.
We’d like to say BIG thank you to this year’s sponsors,Bulldog Gin, Koko kanu and Appleton Rum. The sponsors of the event play a big role in the cocktails created.
All Pictures courtesy of Julia Claxton
Belvedere Bloody Mary Competition, Brighton, UK. Video