The Cannes Red Carpet

Camera – Action – Go!

In this challenge competitors have to create one Signature Cocktail and one Bottle Serve inspired by:

“writers, directors or the stars of the silver screen from the traditions of European cinema or anyone who has graced the red carpet at the Cannes Film festival. They can be a living legend or a screen god or goddess from the past. Anyone who inspires your creativity and has resonance with the public can fit the bill. ”


One of the serves must include Tanqueray no Ten, other than that we can pretty much do whatever we want:

“You can use any glassware or barware appropriate to the cocktails and there are no restrictions on the methods you use to make the drinks. In either your cocktail or your bottle serve the other ingredients can include home-made ingredients or specialised items like particular spices, fruits or liqueurs.

You can accompany the serve with a variety of condiments, ‘Sangrita’ style juices or other liquids or small edibles. You can dress the service in any way you like, with photographs, special linen, use music etc. This is your chance to entertain and amuse.”

In other words – Go Mad, Go Nuts!


See you at the theatre


Need For Speed

In the Retro – Chic Speed Challenge each competitor will have 8 minutes to make as many drinks as possible, 6 being maximum and 4 minimum, from a chosen list of classics. This by itself doesn’t necessarily sound that complicated, but add some nerves, and you have the perfect plot for a bartender meltdown!

Of course, being World Class, this is just the top of the iceberg (or ice cube if you’d like), and the time restraint is merely the most obvious obstacle.

The judges will also be judging you on technique (obviously), presentation (fittingly), creativity (surprisingly?) and of course – the taste and balance of your drinks. In other words, no point in banging out the fastest round if it doesn’t taste amazing too!

First thing first though, choose your drinks and choose them wisely!

The list includes:

  • Aviation
  • Balalaika
  • Blood and Sand
  • Ketel Caipiroska
  • Clover Club
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Dry Martini
  • Mai Tai
  • Margarita
  • Moscow Mule
  • Rob Roy
  • Rosita
  • Singapore Sling
  • The Last Word
  • The Vesper
  • Vodka Sour

Madrid Challenges

The brief is in!

The Western European Final in Madrid will include 3 challenges,

  • Retro – Chic Speed Challenge
    Your chance to star making cocktails at speed from our list of classics.
  • Bartender – Barchef
    Two cocktails to partner a selection of known and mystery Tapas dishes. One cocktail can be pre-prepared and one is spontaneously created.
  • Cannes Red Carpet
    Two serves, a cocktail and a bottle serve dedicated to the glamour of cinema and movie-stars.

This will definitely be exciting, so I guess its time to start preparing!

The next weeks I’ll be working on my Cannes Red Carpet serves and the first Bartender – Barchef drink, as well as deciding on my Retro – Chic Speed round.


Far From Dawn

This year I really wanted to use Don Julio tequila for my World Class drink, and to be honest, I had already finished my recipe in good time (there’s a first for everything isn’t it). However, it didn’t fit the brief at all! I was very disappointed, but obviously I had to change it.

The category I would have to compete in was City Glamour, and it took some time for me to find the perfect fit. It’s funny how difficult it can be to start over when your mind is set on something!

Normally when I think of tequila, I think of heritage and traditions. I think of jimadores harvesting agave, drinking Batangas and for some reason moustaches. Not quite city glam is it? At the same time, Don Julio is the leading luxury tequila – and luxury is definitely city glam!

Don Julio Reposado

I decided to use Mexico City as my city of choice. When I think of Mexico City I think of a vibrant, trendy and fashionable city which embraces art and culture so effortlessly, while still cherishing tradition and heritage. So I thought: What if “Sex in the City” was filmed in Mexico City? What would the signature cocktail be?

Mexico City

Mexico City

Well – it would have to be tasteful obviously! At the same time, I wanted to make something that would appeal to bartenders and consumers alike. You know, intriguing combinations – delicious end result. And it had to be pink! (if for nothing else, to match my dress)

As for the name, I always love cities during night. In my opinion thats when you see the true soul of a city, and as bartenders thats the hours that we thrive in. Some of the best memories I have of the places I’ve been were created long after sunset – but still far from dawn.

Far From Dawn

45 ml Don Julio Reposado
15 ml Carpano Bianco
15 ml Fresh Lime
20 ml Rhubarb & Pink peppercorn shrub
1 dash Peychaud’s Bitter

Shake with ice, double strain into prechilled cocktail glass.

I wanted an elegant but different garnish for the drink, and decided to go with a peacock feather. Symbolising immortality, it is a symbol of the legacy of the late Don Julio González-Frausto Estrada.

To make it more personal, I scented the feather with my perfume.
Our sense of smell is the only of our senses that can bypass our brain and make us react immediately. It can remind us of a childhood memory, relive an emotion or transport us to a different place in an instant.
Hopefully, from now on, the scent of Gucci Rush will remind our judges of the afternoon spent in Oslo judging World Class – and of course, my Don Julio cocktail!