Reflections on the Giffard West Cup

Gez McAlpine

Gez McAlpine

This year’s Giffard West Cup Final was one of the best ever and before it slips into memory, we asked some of this years finalists what it meant to take part in the event and what it feels like to be a competitor, in some cases thousands of miles from home.

The overriding impression seems to be one of family. Nicolas Everrard representing Belgium said that he was impressed by the “great family atmosphere, where everyone was reachable, even Bruno Giffard’”  Rike Kurrie of Germany also picked up on the family theme and how Giffard came over as a ‘real family business’.

Nicolas Everrard of the Loui Lounge and Bar, Grand Hotel, Brussels

Nicolas Everrard of the Loui Lounge and Bar, Grand Hotel, Brussels

Nazrun Arjuna, Pitmasters, Singapore

Nazrun Arjuna, Pitmasters, Singapore

Kurrle Rike and Alexandre Gallean

Rike Kurrie and Alexandre Gallean

The international nature of the competition gave pause for thought and more than a little inspiration.  Canada’s Gez McAlpine said “the best part of the Giffard West Cup was to have the opportunity to see cocktail trends and techniques from outside North America.  The difference in competition style from the western hemisphere is pretty astounding. I am looking forward to incorporating elements of competition that I learnt in France back on the west coast”.  Nicolas Everrard continued, “We had a nice surprise with foreign competitors such as our colleague from Singapore (Naz Arjuna), who smoked his cocktail with dry grass, but my best memory was to see Sergio from Spain making a Cuban Roll”.

Rike Kurrie summed it up, “this was my first international competition. It was great to see the different skills, taste the different flavours, see how the other participants work at competitions, different ways to prepare cocktails, and all the great ideas behind recipes and cocktail names.”

Thank you to all the competitors from around the world who competed in the national and international finals and made this year’s Giffard West Cup so very special.

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About Giffard Liqueurs & Syrups

Giffard is a family owned liqueurs and syrups company based in Angers, Val de Loire, France. Our founder, Emile Giffard, was a dispensing pharmacist who combined his professional skills with Gallic gourmet curiosity and in 1885 invented a pure, clear and refined white mint liqueur called Menthe Pastille. Four generations later, Giffard remains committed to quality, natural produce in all our liqueurs and syrups because we believe that flavour is always the best ingredient. Please drink responsibly.
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