Brisbane’s Dan Gregory took out the Australian Final of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge, held in Sydney on Sunday, September 17. Each of the five contestants created two cocktails; one using Angostura’s award-winning rum portfolio and another which utilized the Amaro di Angostura, with both cocktails also showcasing the brand’s iconic bitters range.
The winning rum cocktail was entitled “The Williams Flip” and incorporate Angostura 7 YO Rum, along with pineapple juice, apricot brandy, vanilla palm sugar and both Angostura aromatic and orange bitters and a whole egg. The Amaro cocktail, “Like Father, Like Son” feature the Amaro Di Angostura, Oloroso Sherry, Pedro Ximinez, and Angostura aromatic bitters.
Gregory has worked behind the stick at some of Australia’s most well-known venues including Black Pearl and Eau De Vie and is currently plying his trade at Canvas Club. The titles adds to Dan’s list of accolades including being in Drinks World Australia’s Top 25 for two years running, as well as claiming the Wild Turkey Master of Whiskey in 2015.
On the victory, which included an AUD $10K cash prize and well as a year contract as the Australian Angostura Brand Ambassador, Gregory said, “It will be a great honour to represent a premium brand like Angostura.” Gregory will head to Trinidad next February to compete in the Global Final. “I’m looking forward to competing in the global competition in Trinidad and hopefully I can do Australia proud and bring the trophy home.”
Second place went to Michael Chiem of Sydney’s PS40, and Lachlan Robinson from Bobeche in Perth taking out third. The competition was stiff, with Adelaide via Korea drinks slinger Vini Wang of Hains & Co, and Liam Monk of Bobeche making the decision tough for judges.
Former winner James Irvine was head judge and faced the difficult decision, with all five finalists impressing the panel. Irvine said, ““Any of these competitors would have given the global final a run for its money. I’m looking forward to seeing how Dan goes, his drinks were top quality and his presentation was flawless. I think he could stand a good chance of taking out the global title.”
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