First Round Challenges – Time to Play

They say there’s a time and place for everything, and in this challenge it was time to prove it.

Time to Play consisted of two parts, Time to Create and Time to Party.

In the first part, we were given a bottle of Tanqueray no Ten and a selection of dried fruit, spices, roots and other botanicals – and asked to create our own infusion. The infused T-Ten would then be the base of our Time to Create cocktail.

Time to Create

Lab session for Time to Create. Credits: Tim Judge

To guide us through the lab session we had some expert help from Tristan Stephenson and Thomas Aske of Fluid Movements – really cool!
They showed us some different techniques and methods, before we were off to make our customised Tanqueray no Ten’s.

For my gin, I went with nettle, milk thistle and dandelion, all quite green and bitterish flavours.

Queen High
55 ml Infused T-Ten
15 ml Noilly Prat
1 dash Amontillado Sherry
1 dash Maraschino

Stir on ice, strain into prechilled cocktail coupe.

In Time to Party we were asked to create a cocktail that would evoke the glamour and mystery of a prohibition-era speakeasy, using any glassware, props & bar tools we wanted.My Speakeasy cocktail, Vice Moves, was inspired by one of the defining cocktails of the prohibition era – The Sidecar.

I wanted to keep the same flavour profile as the original cocktail, while using different ingredients.

Vice Moves
50 ml Tanqueray no Ten
30 ml Lemon juice
20 ml Sarsparilla & Geranium syrup

Shake ingredients with ice, strain into a prechilled mini milk bottle with an old school paper straw.

Glass-bottle-with-striped-paper-straw

I chose to serve the drink like this because it would make it easier for the judges to either 1) Take it with them or 2) Lie and say it was a Sarsparilla soda if the joint was raided by the police. Prohibition and all…… the word on the ship was that they were out hunting!

Because of the filming of the World Class tv show (due later this year) it was unfortunately very few pictures from this challenge, but I included the ones I have

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Pictures by Ian Gavan/Getty Images

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