Perth Bar Keeps off to Sydney for National Cocktail Competition

Two of Perth’s best mixologists are heading to Sydney to compete in the national Souther Comfort Travelling Tales Cocktail Competition.

Peter van Zeller from Perth bar Daddy Long Legs in Vic Park and James Mason of Ku De Ta Perth are competing in Sydney in a few weeks – taking on the best from the rest of Australia.

The ‘Travelling Tales‘ competition has been running in major capital cities all month.

The competition saw hundreds of bartenders across Australia enter an original Southern Comfort-based cocktail –
inspired by an authentic story – for their chance compete.

Mason and van Zeller won against a strong field of Perth bar talent, with competitors judged by 3-representatives from the hospitality industry.

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The final is at NOLA in Sydney on June 13.

The winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to New Orleans.

Good luck fellas, we’ll see you at the bar!

Here’s the winning cocktails from the Perth competition, held at Late Night Valentine.

Blazing Heron
Peter van Zeller, Daddy Long Legs

I wanted to create a cocktail to honour the famous Bartender Martin Wilkes Heron. This iconic bartender created Southern Comfort and the Blazing Heron is here to commemorate his efforts in the annals of bartending history. Combining traditional methods and simple ingredients, this classic style cocktail will burn brightly in the darkIngredients:

45ml of South Comfort
15ml of Buffalo Trace
45ml of Boiling Water
20ml of Spiced Maple Syrup
½ Teaspoon of Flaked Sea Salt
2 Dashes of Regan’s Orange BitterMethod:

Use a blue blazer method and serve in
a crystal, vintage martini glass,
garnished with orange peel.

Berry Herbed
James Mason, Ku De Ta

On my travels through New Orleans I experienced some great drinks and some very peculiar drinks. Some fruity, some boozy and some with secret ingredients. I wanted to create a drink that made me think of bourbon street. A drink that draws you in with its enticing vibrant colour and leaves you wanting more as it Lingers, much like the lights and music of the party strip. I want people to share my experiences and talk a walk through bourbon street with me.Ingredients:

60 ml of southern comfort
30 ml of fresh lemon juice
15 ml of blueberry and sage shrub
10 ml of grenadine
3 sage leaves
Absinth rinse
Sage mist

Combine southern comfort, fresh lemon juice, blueberry and sage shrub, grenadine
and sage leaves in the shaker. Rinse glass with absinthe. Shake cocktail and double
strain into absinthe rinsed glass. Serve in a coupe glass and garnish with a single
sage leaf and sage mist across the top of the drink.

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