You may remember from a couple of our earlier updates that we have taken a bit of an interest in some competitions over the last few months www.bittersandtwisted.com/content/its-not-all-fun-and-games-honest. Well we thought a quick update was in order in regards to the Bacardi Legacy competition and the 42 Below Cocktail World Cup.
Firstly the 42 below comp, which is firmly under way as the UK teams are getting serious about creating a buzz around their drinks. In fact it is getting so competitive that team west London have had to resort to extreme tactics to show their dedication to the competition… check out this video clip of Danny from LAB getting a 42 below logo tattoo!… www.youtube.com/watch now that is some serious dedication to the cause!
Now on to the Bacardi Legacy competition which you may remember from our update has been running for the past 12 months, www.bittersandtwisted.com/content/what-could-be-better-classic-cocktail-ago-perrones-mulata-daisy-maybe Well it has finally come to an end…. which of course means it has also started all over again! Last night at a typically grand event hosted by the iconic rum brand and attended by many of the great and the good of our UK drinks industry, the 7 shortlisted bartenders for the 2010/11 comp competed to win a final 3 spot in the competition. By making it down to the final three these bartenders are committing to spending the next 12 months promoting their drinks in order to create a ‘modern classic’.
I know I said I wouldn't be posting the recipe for Ago Perrone's amazing drink the Mulata Daisy because I thought it would be a better experience for you all to go down to the Connaught to experience it made by the maestro. Then I was reminded that not everyone reading the blog lives in London... so this is me going back on my word and putting the recipe up for all to see.
The Mulata Daisy is Ago's entry into the Bacardi Legacy Competition and is one of the most amazing drinks I have tried for a long, long time! According to the press release from Bacardi 'The BACARDI Legacy Cocktail Competition challenges the UK’s best bartenders to create the next generation of BACARDI Legacy cocktails; contemporary drinks that share the same elegance and balance as the classics of the golden age, and that will equally stand the test of time.
Agostino Perrone’s creation, the Mulata Daisy, was recognised as one of the 3 Most Promising winners of the 2008 competition. Bacardi are working with all three to promote them over a 10 month period to determine which proves to be the most popular and therefore the Ultimate Winner of the competition to be inaugurated as a BACARDI Legacy Cocktail.
What could be better than a classic cocktail? We spent an evening at the aptly named Connaught Bar at the Connaught Hotel in Mayfair www.the-connaught.co.uk/connaught_bar.aspx having our drinks crafted for us by Ago Perrone and we left thinking there might just be something better than a classic… a modern classic.
If you appreciate great cocktails served in an elegant surrounding and you haven’t been to the Connaught yet, then you are missing out. This is one of our favourite bars ever and is definitely THE place to go if you want to sip beautifully crafted cocktails in modern elegant surroundings.
Whenever we pop into The Connaught to see Ago we have a pretty high expectation that we are going to get to sip some fantastic cocktails and be introduced to new flavours. What we weren’t prepared for on this occasion was to have our minds opened to the whole idea of a drink created in this day and age having what it takes to become a classic of the future.