Bartenders Association of Ireland Barman Gets Silver Award At World Cocktail Championships in Cape Town
The Bartenders Association of Ireland (BAI) is proud and jubilant after winning a Silver medal at the 41st World Cocktail Championships in Cape Town, South Africa on Thursday 3rd October 2014.
Representing Ireland at the annual International event was Eddie Rudzinskas, a bartender from the Four Seasons Hotel & Leisure Centre in Monaghan.
His winning cocktail was called ‘Molly Mia’ and consisted of 50ml Grey Goose Le Citron vodka, 20ml Grand Marnier Liqueur, 20ml Finest Call Passion fruit puree, 20ml Routin 1883 Blood Orange, 80ml Fresh grapefruit juice and 20ml Fresh lemon juice. All ingredients are shaken with ice in a cocktail shaker and served in a long glass. The long drink cocktail was decorated with cuts of lemon, lime, orange, beetroot & rhubarb.
Eddie, who is originally from Lithuania, won the privilege to represent Ireland by finishing 1st at the National Cocktail Competition which was sponsored by Edward Dillon & Co. Ltd. (distributor of world leading brands such as Bacardi, Jack Daniels and Hennessy) and held at the Food & Bev Live 2014 Exhibition in City West, earlier this year.
The BAI team was met at Dublin Airport yesterday by a group of family and friends. Speaking after their arrival, the President of the Bartenders Association of Ireland, Mr. Declan Byrne, stated:
“Eddie Rudzinskas is an exceptional bartender. Eddie has worked tirelessly to perform at his best on the greatest bartenders stage in the world. He was focused and dedicated. He practiced daily to enhance his routine and perfect his cocktail in the run up to the competition. We are all delighted that his hard work has paid off and on behalf of all the bartenders in Ireland, I would like to thank Eddie for bringing home a medal. We’re proud of him and his achievement.
We’re also very grateful to our National Cocktail Competition sponsor Edward Dillon & Co. Ltd for their continued support. It is through support like this that enables the BAI to get working bartenders from Ireland in to competitions around the world.”
Alan Kavanagh, Portfolio Brands Ambassador for Edward Dillon & Co. Ltd, was also present to welcome the BAI home. He commented: “On behalf of Edward Dillon & Co. Ltd., I am delighted for the BAI and Eddie Rudzinskas on their success at the World Cocktail Championships in Cape Town. This win confirms the presence of Ireland’s growing professionalism to a global audience.
Dillon’s have had a good relationship with the Bartenders Association of Ireland for many years and are especially pleased to be your National Sponsor in these winning times. As a former bartender & competitor in Helsinki 2005, I know the work and effort that the BAI put into these competitions. Their hard work and passion often goes unrecognised by many in the drinks industry in Ireland.
I would especially like to congratulate Declan Byrne on his appointment to the board of the International Bartenders Association, as Secretary. This is a first for the Bartenders Association of Ireland and further signals the strength of talent and professionalism that we have here [in Ireland].”
This is the second medal in two years for the Bartenders Association of Ireland (BAI). Last year the BAI won a Gold Medal with their competitor, Deirdre Byrne, the first female bartender ever to represent Ireland at the World Cocktail Competition.