Congratulations to Scott Murry and Gez McAlpine on winning the Iron Bar Competition in Vancouver. On 9 April, 12 of Canada’s top bartenders converged on the Legacy Liquor Store for the Iron Bar Competition that also forms the Canadian leg of the Giffard Cup.
The event, hosted by the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association and sponsored by Nons Drinks, challenged each of the contestants to create a short drink containing a minimum 15ml of Menthe Pastille. In a really close competition, Scott Murry and Gez McAlpine took the top honours and will be competing in the Grand Final in Angers, France in next month.
Talking about his entry, the Dr. Schulz, Scott Murry said that, “Inspiration for the name came from [his] favourite Character in the movie Django.” The ingredients, Bourbon, mint and sarsaparilla reminded him of the Southern States where the movie was set. “The Doctor in the name makes reference to the medicinal purposes Menthe Pastille and sarsaparilla were first used for. I used a bourbon sour and worked from there to create the cocktail”, he continued.
The winning cocktails are:
The Dr. Schulz by Scott Murry
1 oz Vanilla infused Makers Mark
0.5 oz Menthe Pastille
1 oz fresh lemon
0.75 oz Sarsaparilla syrup
1 egg white
3 or 4 dashes Angostura bitters
Shake all ingredients, except the bitters, with no ice to create froth. Add ice to shaker and shake hard. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the mint infused angostura bitters for the aromatics and swirl for a designer flourish.
Le Sauterelle by Gez McAlpine from the Keefer Bar, Vancouver
2 oz Hennessy VS Cognac
0.75 oz Menthe Pastille
1 oz Vanilla almond milk
0.25 oz Ardbeg 10
1 dash of cocoa nib Bitters
Shake all the ingredients together and then serve in a cocktail glass.