Into the Blue – The Aviation Sour
24 Sep 2015
G's Movers with Shakers
On the 16th September 10 some of the best bartenders from all over the country gathered at the legendary LAB bar in London’s colourful Soho to battle it out in the Luxardo Campione semi-final.
Our esteemed panel of judges consisted of Craig Chapman- Luxardo brand manager, myself(obvs)- Luxardo brand ambassador and competition veteran and reigning Luxardo champ David Hamilton Boyd!
Having battled it out in the national heats and earned their places in the semi-final the pressure was on to win a trip to Italy for the grand finale. Nerves were settled with the free flowing supply of Luxardo Fresco’s and soon the competitors were relaxed and ready to roll.
Up first was Ryan from Liquor & Co in Chester setting the tone with an awesome drink and banter to match. Jacob from Aloha Liverpool, Joe from Rub Smokehouse and Davide from Blind Tyger all put in stellar performances and executed great drinks.
Alex Taylor immersed us in the Godfather trilogy with a classic aperetivo style serve and Luca Rapetti took us on a journey around Italy whilst demonstrating the classic elegance of Ritz bartending.
Liam Webster of London’s infamous Blind Pig changed the game with an amazing presentation inspired by the Soprano’s, getting the judges hot under the collar with the help of a baseball bat, a stripper and a great sour infused with smoke and walnut.
After much deliberation from the judges(not an easy task) it was time to announce the winners…
Troels Knudsen of Steam & Rye won his place in Italy with a delicious classic floral serve inspired by his girlfriend and her family.
Also jetting off to Italy is Mannie Monaghan from Monk who was inspired by his sisters wedding cake, creating baking perfection in liquid form served on a petal covered cake stand.
On the 27th these lucky contenders will jet off to Padova, Italy- the home of Luxardo to compete in front of the Luxardo family for the chance to be crowned Luxardo Campione 2015 and win £3000!
Luxardo Brand Ambassador and member of La Famiglia.