Giffard enjoyed a double celebration at Bar 1806 Melbourne !

Johnny & Alex Iodice ,Arthur Piffoux , Léo Leriche, Blake Hall

Johnny & Alex Iodice, Arthur Piffoux , Léo Leriche, Blake Hall

We all know that the hospitality industry rarely needs an excuse to celebrate – ‘Oh look its Tuesday lets celebrate’….’Did you say you’ve got tomorrow off? We should celebrate immediately’….’I see you are celebrating, we should toast to that’…You get the idea! So when we let the news out that we were not just celebrating the launch of our beautiful newly designed liqueur bottle but also announcing our Melbourne Brand Ambassador, well you can imagine the party that followed.

Bar 1806 in the CBD area of Melbourne and aptly named after the year the word ‘cocktail’ was first defined in print, played host to the cities finest, who were treated to not 1 but 2 guest bartenders for the evening. First up we had Mike Cheong Jit Hao from Singapore. Mike is a Bartender at W Hotels Worldwide in Singapore, he was 2nd at the Giffard East Cup last September in Singapore and also recently won La Maison de Cointreau in Bangkok. Next up there was David Alexander Xander Stucken from Perth, where he tends the bar at Varnish on King. He’s also the new rookie of West Australia.

David Alexander Xander

David Alexander Xander Stucken

Everyone was treated to 3 of Mikes Giffard creations, one of which won him his second place in the East Cup (See below for full recipes). With these tasty libations in hand it gave plenty of opportunities to toast Giffards’ new man about Melbourne Blake Hall. Blake is a fantastic bartender who has worked at Katuk, The Woods of Windsor, and Golden Monkey. Hopefully he’ll be heading over to see you soon (if you work in Melbourne that is) so be sure to give him a celebratory high 5!!

Mike Cheong Jit Hao

Mike Cheong Jit Hao

CUP OF TEA (placed 2nd in Giffard East Cup)
30ml 42 Below Feijoa
25ml Passionfruit Puree
30ml Chrysanthemum Tea

Method: Shake & Strain
Glassware: Rock
Garnish: Cucumber Slice

30ml Giffard Triple Sec
30ml Coconut Milk
3 Slices Fresh Mango
60ml Coconut Water

Method: Muddle Mango then add all other ingredients. Shake & Strain
Glassware: Martini
Garnish: Smoke Salt

15ml Havana 7yrs Rum
15ml Giffard Amaretto
15ml Fresh Lime Juice
60ml Apple Juice

Method: Shake & Strain
Glassware: Rock
Garnish: Flamed Cinnamon Powder

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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