World Class Australia Finals 2013: Build Your Own Bar

World Class Australia hosted the Build Your Own Bar challenge at the Event Centre of the Star Casino in Sydney with ten finalist participating in the World Class Australia National Finals for 2013.

World Class Australia Build Your Own Bar
Build Your Own Bar: World Class Australia National Finals 2013

Each bartender created a themed pop-up bar and the ticketed event ($50 per person) entitled consumers to canapés, six drink tokens and the chance to vote for their favourite cocktail.

The ten finalists are Luke Ashton from Vasco (NSW), Jessica Arnott from The Roosevelt (NSW), Christian Blair from Eau-de-Vie (NSW), Krystal Hart from The Walrus Club (QLD), Rinna Kato from Bacchus Bar (QLD), Ben Lancaster from The Kodiak Club (VIC), Evan Stanley from Black Pearl (VIC), ŒDaniel Warren from The Understudy and 1806 (VIC), Andrew Bennett from The Classroom (WA) and Ben Blair from The Corner House (NSW).Œ

Backseat Betty’s by Jessica Arnott

World Class Australia Build Your Own Bar
Backseat Betty’s

Jessica Arnott’s entry is dedicated to December 4, 1956 in Memphis Tennessee when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry-Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins found themselves in a recording studio and became the The Million Dollar Quartet.

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Jessica Arnott and The Million Dollar Quartet

The Million Dollar Quartet is made with Bulleit Bourbon, Bulleit Rye infused pumpkin pie, hickory smoked maple and chocolate bitters with an edible garnish made of spiced pumpkin puree.

This Must Be The Place by Luke Ashton

World Class Australia Build Your Own Bar
This Must Be The Place

With photos of Tom Cruise and Bill Murray on his back bar, Luke Ashton’s This Must be The Place plays on the flavour memories of the 80s.

World Class Australia Build Your Own Bar
Luke Ashton with The DeLorean

The DeLorean is made with Tanqueray 10 gin, Amaro Montenegro, spiced rhubarb, fresh apple and lemon, lovingly shaken and served with a sour rhubarb roll-up.

Casablanca by Andrew Bennett

World Class Australia Build Your Own Bar
Casablanca

Dressed in a Humphrey Bogart jacket, Andrew Bennett’s Casablanca plays homage to the classic movie which captured his imagination.

World Class Australia Build Your Own Bar
Andrew Bennett with The Moroccan Affair

The Moroccan Affair is made with Ciroc vodka, homemade Moroccan grenadine, fresh lemon and a dash of Bogart’s bitters served from an antique soda siphon with rose water and orange blossom perfume.

The Bench by Christian Blair

World Class Australia Build Your Own Bar
The Bench

The Bench by Christian Blair is an inviting space in which to chill in good company with a cool and refreshing drink.

World Class Australia Build Your Own Bar
Christian Blair with Gonzalez’ Rest

Gonzalez’ Rest, is a take on the Palermo and is a refreshing cooler made with Don Julio Reposado tequila topped with white grapefruit juice, cucumber and star anise soda and finished with a twist of black pepper.

Restless Abandon with Ben Blair

World Class Australia Build Your Own Bar
Restless Abandon

With tiki mugs, cane furniture, palm trees and pineapple light, Ben Blair’s Restless Abandon is inspired by wanderlust and the desire to travel to far away destinations.

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Ben Blair with Wanderlust

Wanderlust is made with Ron Zacapa Centenario rum, Don Julio Reposado tequila and mandarin juice shaken with a coconut, maple and honey syrup with a tonka bean, cassia and cardamon tincture.

Monticello by Ben Lancaster

World Class Australia Build Your Own Bar
Monticello

Monticello is Ben Lancaster’s take on a southern US custom where sweet tea and homemade candy are always on offer.

World Class Australia Build Your Own Bar
Ben Lancaster and The Southern Belle

The Southern Belle is made with Bulleit Rye whiskey, vermouth, lemongrass and ginger tea syrup, and offers a modern interpretation of classic Southern sweet tea of the Antebellum south. The drink is served with a praline, made using his grandmother’s recipe.

Baxter and Worth by Evan Stanley

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Baxter and Worth

It’s all about an era of gentlemen and distinction at Evan Stanley’s Baxter and Worth.

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Evan Stanley and Hats Off Cocktail

The Hats Off Cocktail is made with Bulleit Rye whiskey with homemade pineapple cordial, splashes of Maraschino liqueur, lemon and dark chocolate bitters. And staying true to its name, Evan removes his top hat as he serves the drink.

Hitaki by Rinna Kato

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Hitaki

At Hitaki, Rinna Kato explains the principle behind her Japanese-style drink which to associate something good and medicinal with the perils of alcohol.

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Rinna Kato and Alimentary Efficacy

Alimentary Efficacy is made with Tanqueray 10 gin, fresh lemon, yellow chartreuse, with Japanese tea and apricot jam.

The Republik by Krystal Hart

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The Republik

Krystal Hart’s, The Republik is a multi-sensory experience and pays homage to the forgotten distillery workers who were paid in tokens of whisky.

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Krystal Hart and A Token in a Grain of Sand

A token in a Grain of Sand is made with Talisker fat-washed with white cacao butter, Semillon verjuice with pear and salted caramel. You are then invited inside her bar to enjoy the drink with a silent disco.

The “Old but New” Saloon by Daniel Warren

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The “Old but New” Saloon

Daniel Warren’s Old but New Saloon offers a punchy style drink designed to be enjoyed after a long, hard day at work.

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Daniel Warren and Weary Homesteader

The Weary Homesteader is a blend of Bulleit Rye whiskey, Don Julio Reposado tequila with honey and orange, served with honey and salt on the rim of the glass.

Winner of Build Your Own Bar

The winner of the Build Your Own Bar challenge is Rinna Kato who received a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label.

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Rinna Kato, Winner of Build Your Own Bar Challenge

Build Your Own Bar is part of the World Class Australia Finals bartender competition where finalists a series of challenges over three consecutive days. The over all winner will be announced at a special party on the evening of Wednesday 12 June, 2013.

UPDATE 12 June 2013: Luke Ashton is the winner of World Class Australia 2013.

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Photography © by Kevin Burke for Gourmantic – Copyright: All rights reserved.

The event was held on 11 June 2013.

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Corinne Mossati is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues. She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List.