The grand final of the Euroboozer & Stiegl ‘Summer of Radler’ cocktail competition took place in Birmingham last week, with MEATliquor bartender Dragomir Ivanov winning with his cocktail ‘Grapefruit Breeze Fizz’.
With more entries than ever before, from old, new and prospective Euroboozer customers, the cocktails were whittled down to 20, with a social media vote narrowing the list down to just five finalists. These included cocktails from bartenders at MEATliquor, Albert’s Schloss, Hawksmoor, Outlaws Yacht Club in Leeds and North South in York.
For this year’s competition, the final was held at Albert’s Schloss Birmingham, the site of last year’s winning cocktail, with the fantastic bar staff recreating the final five cocktails for a judging panel of six cocktail experts to taste blind.
Dragomir Ivanov’s Grapefruit Breeze Fizz stood out as the clear victor, receiving the lion’s share of votes and winning £1000 in prize money alongside a Stiegl Grapefruit Radler a day for a year.
Served in a Stiegl pint krug glass, the cocktail is based with Stiegl Grapefruit Radler, mixed with Tanqueray Gin, Select Aperitivo, Giffard Sirop de Cassis, freshly squeezed lemon juice and mint. It’s also garnished with a simple grapefruit wedge and a mint leaf.
On the results of this year’s ‘Summer of Radler’ competition, Euroboozer MD Martyn Railton said: “I’m so happy with the outcome of this year’s competition. We had so many great entries, which were so hard to narrow down for the social media voting round. The judges also had a really difficult choice, but Dragomir’s cocktail is a deserving winner. I hope to eventually see it on the menu at MEATliquor and am already looking forward to next year’s competition!”
Dragomir Ivanov, winner of this year’s ‘Summer of Radler’ competition and Head Bartender at MEATliquor W1 added: “I’m extremely thrilled that I won. While making the cocktail I tried to create something that I would personally enjoy drinking, which is why I added a bitter note. It took me a couple of tries to finalise the recipe, but I was really happy with it and it is definitely something I would order on a hot sunny day. I’m looking forward to new competitions in the future.”
Grapefruit Breeze Fizz Cocktail Recipe
By Dragomir Ivanov, MEATliquor W1
100ml Stiegl Grapefruit Radler
35ml Tanqueray Gin
15ml Select Aperitivo
7.5ml Giffard Sirop de Cassis
25ml Lemon Juice
2-3 Mint Leaves
1 Slice Grapefruit, To Garnish
Pour all the ingredients except for the Radler into a shaker.
Hard shake, then double strain into a tankard glass.
Add cubed ice and top with Stiegl Grapefruit Radler.
Garnish with a straw, mint sprig and a slice of grapefruit on the rim of the glass.
First mentioned in written records on 16th June 1492, Stiegl Brauerei in Salzburg, Austria, grew out of a popular beer-making guesthouse called the ‘Bräuhaus an der Gstätten’.
Over the past 531 years, Stiegl has seen immense joy and celebrations but also fires, war and economic turmoil. The brewery persevered, however, and has managed to remain strong, playing a huge role in both Salzburg and Austria’s culture and history. Even Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was known to be a fan of Stiegl’s beers during the 18th century.
Today the brewery is best-known for its multi award-winning Stiegl Goldbräu beer, with Stiegl utilising a wealth of brewing experience combined with some of the most high-tech brewing equipment and processes in Europe. The brewery also benefits from the finest Austrian raw materials sourced from local farmers (some of which are cultivated in the brewery’s own fields), plus Alpine Spring Water from Salzburg’s house mountain, the Untersberg.
Started from the back of an old VW Vento in 2003, Euroboozer was set up by beer lover Martyn Railton, initially importing Austrian brands Stiegl, Schremser and Hirter. The company soon branched out across the Atlantic to bring some of the finest US craft brewers to the UK. 20 years on, the VW Vento has gone to be replaced with offices and a warehouse in Hertfordshire with a fleet of vans delivering all over the country.
Euroboozer now supplies some of the finest food and beverage establishments in the country and their brands still include Austria’s Stiegl, Schremser and Hirter, plus a sublime selection of specialist Czech lager brands such as Kutna Hora, New York’s famous Brooklyn Brewery, BlakStoc cider from Austria, and beers from leading British breweries such as DEYA, London Brewing Company, Rooster’s and Verdant, which are mainstays in almost all of the UK’s best craft beer bars and bottle shops.
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