by Lynn P. Bryan

Well, what a day and night it turned out to be on April 6th in Bagnoles de L’Orne. Our UKBG entrant, Stefano Cossio from the Dorchester Hotel took out the competition at The International Calvados Nouvelle Vogue Trophies by creating a sensational cocktail called Pomme Allure and winning The International Professional Bartender Trophy.

The news surprised Stefan but his initial shock soon became elation as the prize was awarded on stage in front of his 160-plus competitive peers from throughout Europe.

“I woke up in the morning and said to myself I am going to go to the competition and win. I just did my best, and won,” a jubilant Stefano told me after the announcement.

“I really believe in this drink. I put everything into creating the cocktail: I researched the ingredients, the garnish, and worked to get the balance of the flavour just right. I feel really very happy to have won.”

His recipe contained a dash of peppermint bitters, crème de peche, Manzanilla verde, calvados, of course, and a sprig of mint. His garnish was a full slice of dried apple and an apple knot. Sheer simplicity summing up the essence of calvados and the Normandy region.