The MO Bar at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental,
Hong Kong will host its fourth annual Masters of Mixology event
from 13 to 16 June 2012.
This year MO Bar will up the ante by
bringing six of the best international mixologists, including the
Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year, offering guests
a truly global Masters of Mixology event.
For four nights only,
the award-winning mixologists from New York, Boston, Los Angeles,
Miami, Melbourne, and Tokyo will showcase the latest global trends
and create memorable cocktails for guests.
different theme every night, each master mixologist will have a
chance to showcase the specialties from their continent, using
only ultra premium spirits and exceptional ingredients to create
exciting flavour combinations.
Ohtake (Tokyo, Japan)
This mixologist may seem reserved when
you first encounter him at The Tower’s Bar in Tokyo but once he
starts creating the perfect cocktail, there’s no doubting why he
won the Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year award
in 2011. This award is acknowledged by industry heavyweights as
the most important international cocktail recognition a bartender
can receive. It sets worldwide trends for mixology and encourages mixologists to create luxury experiences for guests. Like most Japanese mixologists, Ohtake is meticulous about technique and
detail, but unlike most, he has perfected the theatre of mixology,
bringing showmanship and flair to the simple shaking of a
cocktail. A fan of seasonal produce, his cocktails are perfectly
balanced, often featuring fruit, leaves and herbs.
Jim Kearns (New York City, USA)
Jim Kearns is a New York
mixologist who has worked at some of the top bars in the city
including Pegu Club, Death & Co, Mayahuel, and the acclaimed Rye
House, which was crowned Best New Cocktail Lounge by Time Out New
York in 2010. Kearns’s current projects include the flawlessly
executed classic New York inspired cocktail list designed for the
newly open Astor Room.
John Lermayer (Boston, USA)
Mixologist and TV personality John Lermayer made his name in Miami
at Skybar and The Florida Room, wowing guests with his creative
cocktails using fresh juices, surprise ingredients and complex
laying of liquors. Lermayer was named one of the World’s Greatest
Bartenders of 2009 by Travel and Leisure.
Eric Alperin (Los
Having honed his craft and won over New York’s
cocktail-loving set through his time at Lupa, Milk & Honey and
Little Branch, Alperin moved to Los Angeles and quickly made a
name for himself there too. In 2009, he opened his own cocktail
lounge, The Varnish, nominated as the “Best American Cocktail Bar”
at the Tales’ Fifth Annual Spirited Awards (the so-called Olympics
of the cocktail world). Alperin himself was nominated as the
“American Bartender of the Year”.
Adam DelGiudice (Miami,
During his time at Miami’s legendary Florida Room designed
by Lenny Kravitz, DelGiudice started changing the cocktail landscape of Miami, bringing creativity and innovation with his
twist-on-the-classics signature style. In 2011, he was named “Most
Inspired Bartender” by US Bartender’s Guild in Miami.
Sebastien Reaburn (Melbourne, Australia)
With over 15-years
experience, the award-winning Reaburn has worked at some of the
best bars in Melbourne and London and is the owner of 1806, one of
Melbourne’s most-awarded cocktail bars thanks to its unique
cocktail list. Passionate about mixology, Reaburn was named “Australian Bartender of the Year 2008” and is releasing a
book to teach people about the science of mixology and help
amateur mixologists create the perfect cocktail.
Masters of Mixology -
On Wednesday, 13 June 2012, Lermayer (Boston), Alperin (Los
Angeles) and DelGiudice (Miami) will
showcase the best of the East, West and South of the United States, featuring cocktails made from Bourbon, Rye Whiskey,
Tequila and Mezcal.
On Thursday, 14 June 2012, Ohtake
(Tokyo) will create strictly Asian-inspired cocktails using Asian
spirits such as Sake and Shochu along with Asian ingredients.
Alperin (Los Angeles) and Lermayer (Boston) will draw on
inspiration from Asia in creating their own interpretations of the
quintessential Asian cocktail.
On Friday, 15 June 2012,
Kearns (New York), Ohtake (Tokyo) and Reaburn (Melbourne) will
compete for the guest vote on which nation has the best drinks. Will
it be the USA, Japan, or Australia?
MO Bar will also host an additional night on Saturday, 16 June
2012 to showcase the “Best of the South” with DelGiudice (Miami),
Reaburn (Melbourne) and Kearns (New York) creating Southern
Hemisphere-inspired cocktails built around Cachaca, Rum and Pisco.
As usual, MO Bar’s experts will bring back the “Old Fashioned
Experience” and create the eternal classic “Old Fashioned” cocktail using different ultra-premium brown spirits. MO Bar will
also offer a special a la carte menu featuring finger foods to be paired with the various cocktails on each night.
the success of the cocktail pairing
dinners last year, MO Bar will continue with the dinners
in MO Bar’s intimate upstairs Shell area. During the five-course
dinner for 12 guests, each course will be paired with cocktails
from two of the masters who will stay tableside to create unique
cocktails for the guests throughout the dinner.
With only one table for
12 guests (HK$15,000 + 10% service charge) available per night,
those who wish to enjoy this original experience are advised to
make advanced bookings.
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