Last night in Sydney, the Australian final of Pernod Ricard’s Tahona Society Cocktail Competition was held, with Melbourne’s Samuel Ng (Black Pearl) taking the top honours.
Ng, who has good form in cocktail competitions (he nabbed second spot in last year’s Bartender of the Year competition — read more about him here), beat out nine other competitors from across the country including Nick Selvadurai, Tom Egerton, Dimitri Rtshiladze, Peter Nguyen, Elliot Pascoe, Sam Egerton, Josh Baxter, Perryn Collier and Andrew Bennett.
Ng won with his drink, Sangre el Diablo, which included Olmeca Altos Plata, pineapple and wattleseed shrub, creme de cacao, pink peppercorns, and Campari.
Ng will now prepare to compete against Tahona Society winners from around the globe at the global final in Jalisco, Mexico, in June.
Look out, Mexico.