Suntory Cup NSW Final Competition

The NSW Suntory Cup state final was held at The Standard in Darlinghurst on Monday 20th September. Five bartenders from NSW competed for the title with industry guests and media attending the event.

Suntory Cup NSW Final Competition
Suntory Cup NSW Final at the Standard

Five bartender stations were set up where competitors had to prepare their cocktails for the guests. Competing for the title were Simon McGoram from Gardel’s Bar, Taka Shino from Eau De Vie Bar, Kevin Peters from The Standard/Lofi, Daniel Noble from Cohi Bar and Dan Redman from the Trademark Hotel.

Drink tokens were handed out on arrival which were redeemable for a cocktail at any of the bartender stations. In this bartender competition, guests did not play a role in the voting process. Competitors were assessed on a series of criteria including a quiz with the decision left to expert judges.

Suntory Cup NSW Final Competition
Taka Shino: Cocktail– Emerald Hill

Suntory Cup NSW Final Competition
Simon McGoram: Cocktail – Masts Magical Elixir

Suntory Cup NSW Final Competition
Kevin Peters: Cocktail – Ruby Red Runner

Suntory Cup NSW Final Competition
Daniel Noble: Cocktail – Colonel Apricot

Suntory Cup NSW Final Competition
Dan Redman: Cocktail – Le Rougé

The winner of the Suntory Cup NSW state final was Taka Shino from Eau De Vie Bar with his whisky-based cocktail Emerald Hill.

Cocktail: Emerald Hill
Garnish: Green Olive
Glass: Crystal ‘Old Fashioned/ Double Rocks’ glass
Method: Stir with ice in a mixing glass, and strain over fresh ice.
20ml Midori
30ml Yamazaki 12 yo
15ml Bowmore Legend
5ml Cynar artichoke liqueur
1 dash Bitter Truth Grapefruit bitters

Suntory Cup NSW Final Competition
L-R: Kevin Peters, Taka Shino (winner), Simon McGoram

Kevin Peters from Lo/Fi and Simon McGoram from Gardel’s bar won second and third place respectively.

Suntory Cup NSW Final Competition
Midori light fitting

The competition will continue in WA where the state finals will be held on Monday 3 September with the grand final taking place in November 2012.

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.