First published on 30 Jan 2012. Updated on 10 Feb 2012.
What do you get when you cross nine of Australia’s best bartenders with a boat on the harbour and some very thirsty Sydneysiders? You get the World Class summer finals on Glass Island. Sunday 22 January saw cocktail fans climb aboard Glass Island to try the cocktails of the nine summer finalists of the World Class competition. The finalists were Jason Williams, Collin Perillo, Phil Gandevia, Thiago Santos, Sarah Miller, Perryn Collier, Adam Smith, Anita Strother and Fred Siggins.
The competition was judged in two parts: the first, by a panel of eight industry professionals. The second part of the vote was down to members of the public. Drinks fans visited each of the nine contestants to try their drinks and help decide who would be going through to the finals.
The three lucky bartenders are Melbourne’s Fred Siggins, with his drink the US Route 10 (Tanqueray No. TEN, sweet corn and chamomile shrub, grapefruit juice, grapefruit bitters, American pale ale); Brisbane’s Perryn Collier with his drink the Collier’s Sundown Cider (Tanqueray No. TEN, Ketel One Vodka, dry vermouth, pink grapefruit juice, spiced pineapple syrup, ginger cordial and water); and Sydney’s Phil Gandevia with his drink, the Continental (Ketel One Vodka, dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, house-made dark orange elixir). This talented crew will go on to compete in the nationals while the winter heat in Melbourne is still up for grabs.