Tuesday April 18 saw six finalists from across NSW battle it out to take home the inaugural Sydney Cider Cocktail Competition. Hosted by Sydney Brewery and held at The Cidery Bar and Kitchen in Sydney, bartenders presented their cocktails, which featured Sydney Cider and Agave Ginger Cider.
The judging panel consisted of Drinks World’s Drinks Curator Ben Davidson, Igor Pachi from Assembly Bar, Chirs Wheeler from Hip Media and Richard Feyn of Sydney Brewery. The tough competition couldn’t be split, and after a long deliberation it was decided that there would be two joint winners – Jono Carr from Kittyhawk with his ‘Royal Summer’ cocktail and Public House Management Group’s Kurtis Bosley with his cocktail, ‘Isaac’s Reasoning’.
Runners up were Jordan Grocock from Assembly Bar with ‘Sea Salt’ and Dula Lorenzo from Cuban Place with the ‘Smokey Señorita’. The other two finalists were Joshua Diaz from Tio’s Cerveceria in Surry Hills, whose salt bae rendition got the crowd going, and Jess Hedstrom from Small Bar in Kirribilli.
Carr’s cocktail took inspiration from Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens and featured Sydney Cider with Archie Rose Dry Gin, lemon juice, honey water and cucumber, creating a fresh drink garnished with cucumber and edible flowers, creating a link to the Botanical Gardens. Bosley’s ‘Isaac’s Reasoning’ was a unique creation, mixing Sydney Cider with tonka bean infused Seppeltsfield Dry Flor Apera, Tsuru-ume Yuzushu, Poire-William Eau De Vie and Yuzu Bitters, served over hand-cut ice and garnished with chamomile flowers and an apple fan.
The event showcased the versatility of Sydney Brewery’s Sydney Cider and Agave Ginger Cider in cocktails, and highlighted the exceptional creativity of bartenders.
Both Jono and Kurtis will receive a VIP experience for two, featuring two nights accommodation in a luxurious villa at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, including a round of golf on the picturesque 18-hole championship course, dinner for two at The Lovedale with a bar tab and complimentary beer and cider, as well as a tour of Sydney Brewery’s Lovedale brewery. They also each take home a couple of cases of cider to enjoy.