World Class Cocktails

The Barcode Durban team spent yesterday afternoon with Brandhouse Mixologist Alex Farnell, making and judging the entries into the first round of the newly launched World Class South Africa program.


Brandhouse Mixologist Alex Farnell at work in the Barcode Bar

The theme for this month’s competition was vodka and participants at venues all over Durban had attended intensive training sessions with Alex, learning the intricacies of vodka as a category and focusing on the Ciroc and Smirnoff Black brands as well as classic vodka cocktails. They then got to try their hand at creating their own vodka based cocktail and after receiving all the entries, Alex came round to the Barcode Academy bar in Morningside to test out the recipes with Alex, Severin Bang and myself comprising the judging panel.

There were a few fantastic drinks produced and we will announce the winner as soon as the results are released!

In the mean time here are a few of the cocktails created.

About Ryan Duvenage

Ryan is an award-winning bartender, trainer and consultant for the Barcode Bar Academy and an enthusiastic ambassador of good drinks. His areas of interests include classic cocktails, cocktail history, wine, spirits and beer. Occasionally coffee too but only at a civilised hour...he is not interested in early mornings. Other interests include guitar, music, books, bodyboarding and travel. He regularly writes about drinks, bars and cocktail culture for several blogs and websites and has contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers including Mudl Magazine, The Independent on Saturday, SA Chef!, Food and Home and Men’s Health as well as being featured on several television shows.
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