Bartenders from across Ireland compete for Gin prize of a lifetime

Shortcross Gin Signature Serve finalists and winner
WINNER AND FINALISTS

Alan Glynn from 37 Dawson Street in Dublin has been crowned the 2017 Shortcross Gin Signature Serve winner, as Ireland’s best bartenders assembled at Rademon Estate, Downpatrick to battle it out at the second ever Shortcross Gin Signature Serve competition.

In celebration of their third anniversary, husband and wife team Fiona and David put out a very special call inviting mixologists and cocktail connoisseurs from across the country to tell their very own Shortcross story, be it in the form of a perfect Gin and Tonic or a classic Shortcross cocktail. And this was a competition like no other, as the lucky winner took home a once in a lifetime prize; creating their very own gin, alongside head Shortcross Distiller, David Boyd-Armstrong.

Since the launch of Shortcross Gin in 2014, bartenders and mixologists across Ireland have championed the locally made Shortcross Gin, creating their own unique Shortcross serves. Serving up everything from the classic Shortcross G&T, served over ice with premium tonic and a spiral of orange peel to exploring new creations using pink grapefruit and fresh basil, bartenders have been creating Shortcross drinks up and down the country and further afield.

Hundreds of entries were whittled down to twenty-two finalists who descended onto Rademon Estate to showcase their very own signature serve for the judges. David Boyd-Armstrong, Head Distiller at Shortcross Gin, Paula Stakelum, executive Head Pastry chef at Ashford Castle and Olivier Ward from Gin Foundry and Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch were all part of the judging team tasked with judging the Signature Serve event.

In the highly competitive Shortcross Signature Serve event, Alan Glynn from 37 Dawson Street triumphed with his Signature Shortcross Serve, the ‘Cross Club’.

Alan wanted to create a serve that not only complemented and highlighted the flavours of Shortcross Gin, but was easily replicated at home for aficionados across the country.

Alan Glynn from 37 Dawson Street - 2017 Shortcross Gin Signature Serve Winner (1)
Alan Glynn

Commenting on the competition, David-Boyd Armstrong, Head Distiller & Operations Director at Rademon Estate Distillery, said: “It was a highly competitive event where Ireland’s best bartenders brought Shortcross Gin serves to a whole new level, with a blend of their talent and an in-depth understanding of our premium gin.

Speaking about Alan and his winning serve, Olivier Warde from Gin Foundry said: “Alan blew us away with his serve; from the fun of the creation, the nod to current trends and yet staying true to a classic drink, he is a worthy winner.

Paula Stakelum, executive Head Pastry chef at Ashford Castle said: “Every serve brought the gin to life and brought us a taste of their own personality, with all of our judges being massively impressed by the dedication, expertise and passion on the night.”

Founded in 2012 by husband and wife team Fiona and David Boyd-Armstrong, Shortcross Gin was the first spirit to be launched by Rademon Estate Distillery – Northern Ireland’s first and only craft distillery, located at the couple’s historic family estate just outside Downpatrick, Co. Down.

Now the most awarded gin on the Island of Ireland, it has won numerous awards, including a gold medal at the recent San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the most influential in the industry, where a panel of 43 spirits experts concluded that of the 2,100 entries, Shortcross Gin should be awarded a gold medal.

Commenting on the competition, David-Boyd Armstrong, Co-Founder & Head Distiller at Rademon Estate Distillery, said: “It was a highly competitive event where Ireland’s best bartenders brought Shortcross Gin serves to a whole new level, with a blend of their talent and an in-depth understanding of our premium gin.

Every serve brought the gin to life and brought us a taste of their own personality, with all of our judges being massively impressed by the dedication, expertise and passion on the night.”

Shortcross Gin Signature Serve
ALAN AND JUDGES: Pictured l-r, Paula Stakelum, executive Head Pastry chef at Ashford Castle, Alan Glynn from 37 Dawson Street, David Boyd-Armstrong, Head Distiller at Shortcross Gin and Olivier Ward from Gin Foundry.

Alan will return to the distillery later this summer to start work on his once in a lifetime prize of distilling their very own batch of gin with Head Distiller David Boyd-Armstrong.

Share your Shortcross stories on Twitter @ShortcrossGin, Facebook, facebook.com/Shortcrossgin and Instagram,@shortcrossgin



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