THE NATIONAL COCKTAIL COMPETITION SPONSORED BY EDWARD DILLON & CO. LTD. AND ORGANISED ANNUALLY BY THE BARTENDERS ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY 8TH FEBRUARY AT CATEX 2011 IN THE RDS, DUBLIN.

Patrick Thomas of Lost Society, South William Street, Dublin 2 was awarded the title of National Cocktail Champion 2011.

Pat will now compete at the World Cocktail Competition to be held in Warsaw, Poland in October this year. He was also the Fancy Cocktail category winner for his own creation called ‘Guncotton Mark II’ using Bacardi 8 year old, Bols Green Tea Liqueur, Orange Bitters, Sweet n’Sour mix, Apple juice, egg white. [See photo attached].

Pat’s win was further recognised with a category winner’s medal and certificate, a Dublin Crystal Vase and all travel and full board expenses covered for the five days in Warsaw at the World Championships organised by the International Bartenders Association.

With nearly sixty entries received, a significant increase, from all over Ireland including Letterkenny, Galway, Cork and many more places in between, a disciplined time schedule was required and the competition began shortly after 11am with the winner announced at 5pm. The competition was organised by Declan Byrne who acted as MC for the competition and assisted by a large team of BAI members who volunteered their time and service.

Special Guest Judges included, Daniel Crebesse – President of the United Kingdom Bartenders Guild (UKBG) and Jim Slavin – National Administrator of the United Kingdom Bartenders Guild along with National judges, Oliver Murtagh – Irish Guild of Sommeliers, Andrew O’Gorman – President, Bartenders Association of Ireland, Ciara McCahey, Martin Meade and John Tynan.
FOUR COCKTAIL CHAMPIONS

The competition was divided into four categories – Pre-Dinner cocktail, Long Drink, Fancy Cocktail and After Dinner cocktail. The best two cocktails, as decided by points awarded by the judges, entered into a head-to-head final with each category having one winner. Each category winner received a winner’s certificate and a specially engraved medal.

The eight finalists were:-
Andrew O’Reilly, Harry’s Bar, Dublin (Fancy Cocktail)
Patrick Thomas, Lost Society, Dublin (Fancy Cocktail) –Category & Overall Winner

Chris Crowley, The East Village, Cork (Pre-Dinner)
Vitor Olivera, Mantra, Kildare (Pre-Dinner) – Category Winner

Greg Kwasny, Harry’s Bar, Dublin (After Dinner)
Roberto Espinosa, Gresham Hotel, Dublin (After Dinner) – Category Winner

Michal Stankiewicz, Blue Haven Hotel, Cork (Long Drink)
Lukasz Wojcik, FXB’s, Co. Dublin (Long Drink) – Category Winner