Cocktail Champions win Gold
at Ireland’s National Cocktail Championships 2018
Limerick, Ireland – Friday, 9th February 2018 – The 5* Adare Manor has added another prestigious award to its bow winning an unprecedented six awards at the National Cocktail Championships and Bartender Awards. Organised by the Bartender Association of Ireland, the highly acclaimed awards saw the Adare Manor team win:
Ariel Sanecki, the resident Expert Mixologist won three of the top awards, including the overall prize as the National Cocktail Champion for his creation of the Japanese Garden. The Annual Awards recognise the expertise and creativity among Ireland’s finest mixologists in bars throughout the country. The Adare Manor team followed a sequence of success, which saw Skirmantas Lelys awarded Best Junior Bartender, Finbar Collins was recognised for Best Cocktail Garnish and Aaron Flynn won 2nd place at the National Students Cocktail Competition.
Speaking today, Adare Manor, General Manager, Paul Heery, said:
“We are delighted for Ariel, Skirmantas, Finbar and Aaron, and the wider Adare Manor team. Ariel’s passion and reputation for crafting the perfect cocktail and his boundless creativity inform his work at Adare Manor. From new twists on traditional favourites to ever-changing menus of seasonal cocktails, many of Ariel’s creations feature special ingredients sourced from Adare Manor’s own gardens and grounds. Ariel and his team have a lot of interesting cocktails, which they will exclusively unveil to Adare Manor guests over the months ahead”.
These awards are an incredible win for the already multi award winning Adare Manor, which re-opened in November 2017 following an extensive 18 month refurbishment and development programme.
Ariel’s winning cocktail included a unique mix of ingredients using Star of Bombay Gin, sake, fresh lime, rice milk, yazu puree and matcha green tea syrup, was beautifully and unusually served in a round glass bowl. Ariel’s expertise, creativity and attention to detail was awarded further as he won Best Technical Bartender and Best Hotel Bartender.
When joining the team at Adare Manor in August 2017, Ariel was tasked with developing fresh, innovative cocktail menus for the grand reopening, and his exceptional skill, knowledge, and flair for the unexpected shows in every glass. Ariel has studied the art and science of mixology in depth, including at the International Bartender and Sommelier school in Krakow, through to the IBA International Bartenders School, and Ariel has learned from the best attending countless masterclasses across Europe. Ariel brings with him a sparkling list of prestigious awards, including International Bartender Association World Vice Champion 2016 (Japan), Relais & Chateau Cocktail Trophy winner, National Cocktail Champion 2012, 2016, 2018 and National Vice Champion 2015, National Gold Shaker Champion 2016, to name just a few.
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