Here’s the NSW winners of The Perfect Blend

On Monday evening The Perfect Blend NSW State final was held at The Clock, Surry Hills. Hospitality industry professionals came in their droves, to witness eleven of NSW’s finest bartenders battle it out at the fifth of the six state finals across the Oceania region.

You’ve seen all the stats, read how the comp works so here is who won!


Evan Stroeve from Shady pines, first ever competition entered takes the title for the Apprentice Category. (Shame he can’t take his male models posse with him !)

With Jono Carr, back for a second time- this time impressing the judges not only with his seamless presentation but his product knowledge test and blind tasting. Earning the title of the Professional Category Winner.


Both winners will proceed to the National final held at a secret location in May with ten (10) other State Final Category winners.

Here are the winning recipes.


Apprentice Winner

Evan Stroeve
Shady Pines Saloon
Kentucky Calling

50ml Maker’s Mark Bourbon
30ml Lemon Sherbet
15ml Fino Sherry
15ml Forest Honey Syrup (2:1)
2 Dashes Orange Bitters

Shake and Fine Strain
Wine Glass
Garnish; Discarded Grapefruit twist


Professional Winner

Jono Carr
Humble Beginnings
20ml Laphroiag 10 Yr old
20ml Toasted macadamia nut infused Jim Beam white
2 Barspoon Salted Mango Jam
20ml Citric fortified Watermelon
10ml PS wattle Cola Syrup
2 Dash Australian bitters Co. Aromatic bitters
Shake and fine strain
Pewter Goblet
Garnish; ‘Humble Pie’

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All finalists recipes will be on shortly!

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