Byblos bartenders Adam Meredith and Jack Bartsch have shaken and stirred their way into the top 100 Australian contenders in the World Class bartender competition.
Known for its creative concoctions and pumping Sunday sessions, Byblos sits along the Brisbane River at the boutique retail and residential development of Portside Wharf in Hamilton.
The popular waterfront bar and restaurant has a cocktail list featuring over 30 potions all created by the in-house bar staff who develop their own foams, syrups, reductions and even marmalades.
Adam’s cocktail – La Primavera Cooler – was inspired by cracked pepper and is a refreshing cooler with a spicy punch. The concoction comprises white pepper infused Don Julio Blanco, rose, strawberry and lime cordial, rose water, lime juice and soda. Shaken and served in a tall glass, garnished with cracked pepper, lime and dried rose petals.
Jack’s cocktail – El Verde Grande – was inspired by the classic Bloody Mary. It is lighter in body than the traditional beverage but still has that true ‘bloody’ kick. Jack used Pampero Blanco Rum, AloeVera juice, lemon juice truffle salt and a homemade puree called ‘Bombay Spread’ which consists of coriander, chilli, garlic, min leaves and ginger. The drink is shaken, served in a tall glass and garnished with Lebanese pepper, mint leaves, cucumber and cracked black pepper.
These two cocktails put the boys in the Top 100 in Australia where they’ll now create a second cocktail to compete for a spot in the next round.
Organised by Diageo Reserve Brands, World Class is the world’s finest bartending competition with leading bartenders from 50 countries vying for the title of ‘World Class Bartender of the Year’ and $100,000 in prize money.
Before Adam and Jack get to mix it with the big boys on a global stage, they must first make it to the state finals held in Brisbane on April 15. If they impresses the judges there, they will be rigorously tested again at the national finals in Sydney.
To get their shot at representing Australia, they boys must first promote their cocktails in-house before they get put to the public to vote online.
To try Adam and Jack’s cocktails, head to Byblos at Portside Wharf and order the La Primavera Cooler and the El Verde Grande and if you’re a fan, be sure to vote for them at worldclassbar.com