The latest home grown product that will soon be hitting the shelves of bars around Australia is the premium 666 Pure Tasmanian Vodka.
It is the sixth year of the event, the world’s most extreme and prestigious bartending competition and marks ten years since 42BELOW founder Geoff Ross sold his first bottle of homemade vodka to a bar in Wellington. This year it’s all about ‘Love, Drinks and Rock n Roll Baby’
In the grand scheme of things vodka has really only graced the Western palate in more modern times. Sure the clear stuff was around, but it really wasn’t until the 1940s and ’50s that the stuff really took hold in the US. Unfortunately for vodka this late start means that there are relatively few vodka cocktails that we really deem as ‘classics’.
The Smirnoff Black Copper Cup Semi Finalists have been announced from almost 200 cocktail entries received. 45 Bartenders will go head to head in March in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney for one of only ten spots to the Copper Cup Final to be held at an ever secret location. Last year’s final saw 10 bartenders jet-set to Thai to compete for top honours.
Russian Standard was launched on the Australian market in September 2009. What better way to introduce the brand to over 5,500 bar industry professionals than at the recent Sydney BarShow?
Vanguard Luxury Brands (headed up by the eminently popular and all-round nice guy Mr James France) officially launched two new spirits – Square One Organic Vodka and Square One Cucumber – to add to their stable which already includes Flor de Cana Rum, St-Germain elderflower liqueur, Simple Syrup Co. and Aviation Gin.