London team wins cocktail award

September 18th, 2008

A British beverage named the "Ale of Two Cities" has scooped top prize at the 42 Below Cocktail World Cup in New Zealand.

The three-man London team of Joshua Ivanovic, Sean Ware and John Goodman took away the top honour with their drink inspired by the classic English pint.

The competition, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, combined cocktail making in extreme locations with the added challenge of adventure activities that push mental and physical endurance.

Winner Ivanovic said: "I just can’t believe it, we have put in so much effort in the last few months, so much stress. We’ve come to Queenstown and done things we have never done before and we’ve taken away the trophy – that to me is perfect."

Judge Ueno Hidetsugu said the winning cocktail stood out for its originality, presentation and taste.

The winning recipe combined 42 Below Feijoa flavoured vodka, Punt e Mes, Apple Juice, Nettle Cordial, Malt Syrup, freshly squeezed lime juice and Angostura bitters. The drink was then shaken and strained into a classic beer pint glass.

And for an added touch of home, the team fried traditional English pub chips to accompany their cocktail before presenting it to the judges.

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