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Ariel Sanecki of Adare Manor Crowned Cocktail Champion 2018

Ariel Sanecki Cocktail Champion

The National Cocktail Championships & Bartender Awards took place on Tuesday 6th & Wednesday 7th February at Food & Bev Live in Citywest, Dublin.

This annual event is organised by the Bartenders Association of Ireland and sponsored by Edward Dillon & Co. Ltd.

Forty two bartenders competed out of an entry of fifty one recipes received for the championships.

Mr. Ariel Sanecki of Adare Manor Hotel, Limerick scooped the top award of National Cocktail Champion 2018 with his cocktail called Japanese Garden consisting of 40ml Star of Bombay Gin, 20ml sake, 20ml matcha green tea syrup, 10ml yuzu puree, 20ml fresh lime juice and 50ml rice milk, all shaken together and decoratively presented to the judges.

Ariel will represent Ireland at the World Cocktail Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, 1st - 6th October 2018. He previously represented Ireland at the World Cocktail Championships in Tokyo, Japan in 2016 where he won a silver medal.

John Cassidy, Commercial Director, Edward Dillon & Co. Ltd. was on hand to present all the awards to the winning bartenders accompanied by Alan Kavanagh, Brands Advocacy Manager, Edward Dillon & Co. Ltd.

Some of the competitors.

This year the Bartenders Association of Ireland invited Mr. Hidetsugu Ueno from Bar High Five, Ginza, Tokyo in Japan to judge the National Cocktail Championships.

Hidetsugu won the title of International Bartender of the Year at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, USA. He is famous for his diamonds carved from ice and his unique Japanese style of bartending.

On closing the championships, Mr. Declan Byrne, President, made a special presentation to Mr. Hidetsugu Ueno in appreciation of his visit to Ireland.

Finishing in 2nd & 3rd place at the National Cocktail Championships 2018 were Federico Destro, The Blind Pig Speakeasy and Oisin Kelly, The Little Pig Speakeasy, Dublin.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Best Hotel Bartender Award
Ariel Sanecki, Adare Manor, Limerick

Best Restaurant Bartender Award
Oisin Kelly, The Little Pig Speakeasy, Dublin

Best Pub/Gastro Pub Bartender Award
Andrew Kennedy, Carrolls Pub, Lucan, Dublin

Best New Bartender Award (Junior)
Skirmantas Lelys, Adare Manor, Limerick

Best New Bartender Award (Senior)
Daniel Savan, Sidecar Bar, Westbury Hotel, Dublin

Best Technical Bartender Award
Ariel Sanecki, Adare Manor, Limerick

Best Art Deco Bartender Award
Finbar Collins, Adare Manor, Limerick

Best D.N.A. Bartender Award
Shane McCrann, The Blind Tiger, Sligo

Best Social Media Bartender Award
Aaron Mulligan, Russell's Saloon & Gin Emporium, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Best Hospitality Student Award
Mina, Bao Minh Ngoc Le, Shannon College of Hotel Management, Clare

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