James Connolly wins Gin Mare Inspirations


Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth’s bartender, James Connolly, took out the national final of the Gin Mare Mediterranean Inspirations competition last week, and in the process bagged a trip to Ibiza to compete and the global final, to be held in September.

Connolly beat Rinna Kato from Bacchus, QLD who took second place and a wad of cash, Dan Warren from Melbourne’s 1806 (who took out third place), and a host of other competitors from around the country who gathered in Melbourne last Wednesday.

Nine finalists faced three challenges —  a product knowledge test, a blind tasting of Gin Mare distillates, and a bartending challenge to create three cocktails (one a twist on a G&T, one a Dirty Martini) all within a six minute time limit.

Congratulations goes out to all the finalists — bring home the global trophy Mr Connolly!

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