Big congrats and a slap on the back to Iain Griffiths after the bar tender at Edinburgh’s Bramble Bar was crowned the winner of Caorunn Gin’s global cocktail competition – Caorunn Storytellers 2012.
The Grand Final, which took place in Edinburgh on Monday, saw four of the world’s best bartenders represent their countries and go head to head in a bid to win the prestigious title.
Create a story
Caorunn Storytellers Global Cocktail Challenge was launched in March 2012 to champion cocktail creativity. Part of the competition was to come up with a new Caorunn cocktail and the story behind the drink.
The judging panel, which comprised cocktail expert and journalist, Simon Difford; Gintime’s Geraldine Coates; Ryan Chetiyawardana, Creative Director of Mr Lyan and Caorunn’s Brand Ambassador Ervin Trykowski, were dazzled by Iain’s exceptional cocktail – ‘The Damson Chamber’.
The Australian was inspired by the smells of both Balmenach Distillery, where Carounn is made, and early mornings in Edinburgh, which he said were a mixture of breweries and mist and the perfect combination for a walk home after a late shift at Bramble.
To create the drink he used a mixture of ingredients, including an unusual combination of damson berries steamed with juniper and rowan berry.
Iain took home a cash prize of £1,500, as well as being honoured with the esteemed title of Caorunn Global Storyteller 2012, with his winning drink being promoted worldwide as a signature Caorunn cocktail.
Congratulations should also go to Bramble. It sometimes seems as though a month doesn’t go by without at least one of their bar staff scooping a major cocktail prize.
If you want to try to recreate the drink at home then here’s the recipe:
The Damson Chamber Cocktail
50ml Caorunn Gin
25ml Brewdog Never Mind The Anabolics
25ml rotovap apple syrup
2 damson berries steamed with juniper and rowanberry
3 drops of Jade 1901 Absinthe
Method: Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and ‘throw’ for 10 seconds. Pour into a chilled coupette glass. Serve, sniff and enjoy.