Northcote Bartender’s gin cocktail wins her a Spanish ‘Night Like No Other’
Mollie Atherton (22), Head Bartender at Lancashire’s Northcote, has been named the Winner of the Brockmans Gin / BAR magazine ‘Night Like No Other’ cocktail competition.
Mollie (pictured) created a cocktail called ‘The Lady Austissimo’ involving coriander, berries, peppercorns and Brockmans Gin. Her prize is to be whisked away to Barcelona this week for a what looks set to be a spectacular multi-sensory party, dubbed a Night Like No Other, to reflect the fact that this gin is often described as ‘a gin like no other’ due to its distinctive taste profile. The party takes place on Wednesday 18th November.
Mollie, who has a degree in Pharmacology, has worked at Northcote for 6 months but was appointed as Head Bartender only two weeks prior to the judging session at the end of October. She returned to her home region after graduating from Bristol University.
The contest judges were Marketing Director and Co-Founder of Brockmans Gin, Bob Fowkes and the Editor of Bar magazine, Mark Ludmon.
The competition invited UK bar-tenders to create a cocktail that celebrates both Brockmans Gin and a glamorous, multi-sensory party in Spain. Brockmans Gin is an intensely-smooth, super-premium, 40%ABV gin brimming with berries, coriander and Valencian orange peel.
Mollie explains: “The idea for this cocktail came from thinking about the botanicals used in the Brockmans Gin. Rather than trying to add new flavours to the gin, I thought I might enhance the gins natural flavours using the botanicals used in the distillation process. As such, the blueberries, blackberries, coriander seeds, orange bitters and Cointreau should enhance flavours already in the gin, as well as the fresh coriander giving it an additional, herbaceous lift and the rose peppercorns add to the spicy kick that comes with the coriander seeds at the end.
“A gin and tonic is a thing of beauty and I hope that with this cocktail I have managed to eek out the real essence of what makes Brockmans Gin what it is and combine it with a timeless classic”.
Bob Fowkes of Brockmans Gin said: “The entries we received were brilliantly imaginative and many involved truly unusual ingredients and flavour combinations – some with unique, home-made ingredients. We mixed and tasted 6 shortlisted cocktails and were unanimous in our selection of the final three cocktails for the way in which they complimented the flavour profile of Brockmans Gin. The top place was awarded to Mollie for her exceptional recipe. In addition, two other cocktail recipes received equal marks and so we decided to award second place to not just one but to two worthy winners. We congratulate them and we thank all entrants for their superb contributions”.
The other winners, tying in joint second place, were Stephen McGonigle (27) of The Players Bar at The Playboy Club for his imaginatively named ‘Sin & Chronicle’ cocktail; and Dario Guaglione (29) from the Whistling Shop in London’s East End, for his ‘Unique’ cocktail.
Mark Ludmon said of the winning cocktail: “This is very drinkable with a lovely balance of flavours and a delightful colour. It really complements the gin. It seems a relatively simple recipe but is very unusual and delicious. I congratulate Mollie Atherton on a fine recipe and the other winners on cocktails which do justice to the unique flavours in Brockmans Gin”.
MOLLIE’S WINNING RECIPE
The Lady Austissimo by Mollie Atherton of Northcote
- Pinch whole Coriander Seeds
- Pinch Rose Peppercorns
- 2 Fresh Blackberries
- 2 Fresh Blueberries
- ½ handful Fresh Coriander
- 3 Dashes Orange Bitters
- Muddle all above together in stirring glass.
- 50ml Brockmans Gin
- 20ml Cointreau
- Add ice to stirring glass and stir in Brockmans and Cointreau
- Stir for around 1-2 minutes then double strain into glass (I used large red wine glass) over fresh ice
- Small bottle Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic
- Pour over Fever Tree Med Tonic
- Garnish with orange peel twist, fresh coriander leaf and a single fresh blackberry.
Brockmans is made in the heart of England using quality botanicals from around the world. This rounded yet unusual flavour profile appeals to traditional gin drinkers but also offers something rather new and special to the more adventurous consumers. Brockmans Gin brims with botanicals and with berries that make it a very different gin taste experience. The over-riding flavour profile that makes Brockmans so unique is derived from an intriguing and unique bond of flavours created from ingredients drawn from across Europe.