Shaken or stirred – meet the world's master mixologist

By admin
15 March 2014

Diageo Reserve brand Ambassador Tim Etherington-Judge is the man you want to mix a cocktail for you.

Admit it, you've always wanted to be able to mix a cocktail by tossing bottles in the air and catching them behind your back ...

Tim Etherington-Judge is on the search for the best in the business. He's a judge for The World Class bartending competition, which is the world’s biggest and most prestigious cocktail programme. Part of the judging means visiting finalist at the bars they work. We sat down with him and asked him a few questions about this fascinating industry.

Which finalist has surprised you the most in the programme?

In 2011 we held the global finals in India. The first time we’d run the programme within India and the first time we’d had the global finals in India. I spent three months finding out who India’s best bartender was, there was a young man by the name of Hamant Pathak. He was our Indian finalist. The whole world was coming to Indian and I’m sure he had to drive for half an hour to get to the competition venue.  He won one of the 6 challenges; he now works at a two time Michelin star restaurant in New York. He‘s now taken that win and used it to his advantage. That is the kind of things that world-class does, because it’s such a big global platform.

Where do you hang out?

I love spending time in bars, my job and my love is the same thing.

Do you have a love potion drink?

I’m not sure there’s one drink because everyone has a different palate. It’s a matter of the right drink for the right person, rather than having one set formula for everyone. It’s more about the experience you give people than the drink itself. It’s just the tool to help you give them the experience. Favourite meal and what drink would you pair it with? My favourite style of food is Indian. I absolutely adore the food. I’m a vegan so  I enjoy Dal Makhni with naan bread, which I would pair with a drink with a robust, powerful flavour. Something like Johnnie Walker blue label. He gave us a quick cocktail recipe for those nights in with the girls Quick cocktail

  • 1 part sugar syrup.
  • 1 part freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 measures of Ciroc
  • A handful of mint
  • 2 measures of cranberry juice 

(To make sugar syrup you take equal measures of water and sugar put it into a saucepan heat it up until the sugar dissolves.)

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