Photo credit: Ella Miley
Photo credit: Ella Miley
The finals of the Sydney Cider Cocktail Competition 2018 were held on Monday 23rd Aril at The Cidery Bar in World Square, Sydney.
Eight finalists competed in front of a panel of judges with a Sydney-inspired cocktail using any of our Sydney Brewery Ciders and an Australian native ingredient. Daniel Noble of the soon-to-open Old Mates Place bar in Sydney took out the first prize with his cocktail, “Easy Like a Cider Morning”, a winning combination of Calvados with Sydney Cider, Agave & Ginger Cider reduction, Australian bush honey with cloves, lime juice and Hellfire bitters.
Natalie Ng of Door Knock in Sydney came in second place with with her cocktail “Proud To Be A Sydney Cider” using Sydney Cider with The Westwinds Cutlass Gin, Native Caper/ Wild Orange Cordial, citrus and lemon mrytle and sea salt spray. The third spot was awarded to Nicola Morra of Grasshopper Bar for his cocktail, “My Fizz Mate” using Manly Perry Cider with rum, fig liqueur, lime juice, pandan and lemon myrtle syrup.
The judges, Ben Davidson (Bespoke Drinks), Max Greco (Vasco Bar), Corinne Mossati (Cocktails & Bars, Gourmantic) and Richard Feyn (Sydney Brewery) were highly impressed with the calibre of the entries and the diversity of the spirits chosen to complement the various ciders.
The winner, Daniel Noble will be enjoying one night’s accommodation for two at Rydges Sydney Central, a tour of the our new Sydney Brewery, dinner for two at Rydges Sydney Central including Sydney Brewery drinks, and 10 cartons of Sydney Brewery products of his choice – a total prize value of $1200.
Second place winner Natalie Ng has won 10 cartons of any Sydney Brewery products valued at $700, while Nicola Morra will be taking home 5 cartons of Sydney Brewery products of his choice valued at $350.
Here’s the winning cocktail recipe of the 2018 Sydney Cider Cocktail Competition:
Recipe by Daniel Noble of Old Mate’s Place, Sydney (opening soon)
Garnish: sea salt rim
Rim coupette with western Australian sea salt. Add the Calvados, lime juice, Agave & Ginger Cider reduction, honey and bitters into a toby tin with ice. Shake and fine strain into a chilled coupette and top with Sydney Cider.
In media partnership with Cocktails & Bars.
Written by: Corinne Mossati
Photo Credit: Ella Miley
Come up with a recipe using one of our beers or ciders, post recipe on Sydney Brewery Facebook or Instagram page (with image including product) and you could win first prize of a weekend for two at The Hunter Valley.
With accommodation at our luxurious Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, including Lovedale Brewery tour, game of golf and tour of our adjacent JADE Estate Vineyard, a fun weekend is assured.
So get cooking, finalists announced end of September and great runner-up prizes to be announced too!
Go to ‘Locations’ for a full list of retail outlets or to buy direct, and see some of last year’s entries on ‘Recipes’ tab.
Well we had a such great event last night and in what could be unprecented for cocktail comps, we had a dead heat for first place!
Congrats also to runners up above Jordan Grocock and Dula Lorenzo, their cocktails and recipes also to be added soon, along with the other finalists and entries; a big thanks to all of you!
Finally for now, thanks to The Cidery Bar & Kitchen management and staff for looking after us so well and to our Judges Ben Davidson, Igor Pachi and Chris ‘lion’ Wheeler for giving up their time and helping to make our inaugural Sydney Cider Cocktail Comp Final so successful!