Daffy’s Gin & Drinks Inc. Core Serve competition 2018
Daffy’s Gin Core Serve competition was back with a bang at Filthy Chic Belfast on April 10th
Chris Molyneaux, Giulia Frau and Lindsay Blair
Chris Molyneaux, Nathan Evans and Lindsay Blair.
Daffy’s Gin 2018 Core Serve competitors.
The judging panel Nick Price, Mark Glover and David Long.
Ciaran Fullen and Blane McNab in action
Nathan Evans showcasing his skills
Joining forces with Drinks Inc., one of Ireland’s largest independent drinks distributors, Daffy’s Gin 2018 Core Serve competition was a huge success, with 12 entrants from Northern Ireland’s top bars competing for the trophy and title and to be Daffy’s new ‘Core Serve’.
The competition was full of fun and flair as 12 of Ireland’s best bartenders competed to see their winning cocktail become the next Core Serve published on the bottleneck booklet of every Daffy’s bottle around the world for the next year, along with a trip to forage and produce their own gin at Daffy’s brand home and distillery in the Highlands of Scotland.
On the night, contenders went head to head as they showcased their skills, knowledge, innovation and banter, through various rounds and challenges. Their main challenge was to create a world-class cocktail that represents Daffy’s spirit of adventure and is easy to replicate at home.
With well-known names from the industry on the judging panel, Mark Glover from Hospitality Review NI, David Long, Shu Bar Belfast, Nick Price, Belfast restauranteur and chef and the help of Lindsay Blair, Daffy’s global brand ambassador, the evening showcased the very best talent of the NI bar scene.
The winner of the first round, The Mystery Box Round, where entrants had five minutes to create a cocktail on the spot with mystery ingredients was Nathan Evans from Mary’s Bar, Magherafelt followed by the overall winner of the The Core Serve Cocktail, Giulia Frau of Shu Bar with her creation, ‘The Green Joy’. Guilia’s cocktail will feature on all 2018 bottle neck tags and will also get the opportunity to forage and create her own gin at Daffy’s brand home.
Chris Molyneaux, master distiller and founder of Daffy’s, said: “The passion and talent of all 12 of the bartenders competing was incredible. Belfast and Northern Ireland has developed a reputation as one of the best up-and-coming bar scenes in the world and we saw the full spectrum live in action at the comp. There was such a great buzz and the drinks were outstanding. The winning Core Serve was a clear winner and we can’t wait to share it.”
Mystery Round Winner – Nathan Evans, Mary’s Bar ‘Bridge To Belfast’
40ml Daffy’s Gin
Juice of ½ lime
6 mint leaves
3 dashes whiskey barrel bitters
50ml pressed apple juice
Garnished with flaming lime slice soaked with Yellow Chartreuse
Shake all ingredients and fine strain into a chilled coupette glass. Nathan Evans: “It’s called the Bridge To Belfast to signify the connection between Daffy’s made in Scotland to the cocktail created in Belfast.”
Core Serve Cocktail Winner – Giulia Frau, Shu Bar ‘The Green Joy’
40ml Daffy’s Gin
3 Asparagus tips
25ml fresh lime juice
10ml sugar syrup (2:1)
2 drops of saline solution
Top with tonic water (Fever-Tree Mediterranean)
Shake and fine strain on ice.