Monday, July 8, 2024


In April, Jordan Bushell, world ambassador for Hennessy, set the problem for bartenders throughout Australia and New Zealand to interrupt new floor for Hennessy MyWay. It was his first go to to ANZ and he wasn’t certain what to anticipate.

In reply, Hennessy acquired a record-breaking variety of cocktail creations, with over 30 gifted bartenders from Australia and New Zealand submitting entries. Showcasing their ardour for utilizing Hennessy V.S and Hennessy V.S.O.P, their creations centered on sustainability and repair ritual to create unforgettable cocktails. This marked the only highest variety of entries by area—no small feat for a worldwide competitors.

And in consequence? A staggering 8 finalists from Australia have been chosen to be a part of the International High 50. An unprecedented illustration from any single nation, properly and actually making ANZ’s mark on the Hennessy world-stage. Right here, we uncover these gifted 8 finalists.

We begin with Marco Manta from Bar Lafayette in Perth, and his creation Voyager utilizing Hennessy V.S.O.P. Within the creation of this cocktail, Marco embraced Hennessy’s personal sustainability efforts and historical past, charting Hennessy’s export timeline. Marco’s cocktail centred round cocoa with recycled Cocoa husks, leftover further ripe strawberries, Lemongrass waste stalks and Tapioca, an “ingredient accessible to everybody” as a sustainable group ingredient.

Kieron Sommer from The Baxter Inn Sydney
showcased his cocktail The Core as a hyper native twist on a Hennessy Apple. To start out, Kieron selected to omit ice “I didn’t need to use any ice within the drink… Sydney is a metropolis not unfamiliar to droughts, and water shortage is a matter …all around the world.”. The cocktail featured leftover apple pulp from service and an area mint selection grown on Sommer’s balcony, impressed by his time volunteering at Sydney Metropolis Farm.

Jin Hau (Jonathan) Tsang of W Churchill dreamt up his cocktail Unique Twist with Hennessy V.S., which utilises each a part of the sustainably grown Zespri SunGold Kiwi Fruit, together with the pores and skin, to create and garnish his creation.

Benjamin Thomson from The Rechabite Corridor Perth imagined sustainability as saving substances that might have in any other case gone to waste to make Breakfast at Benjamin’s. His Hennessy V.S.O.P cocktail featured stale croissants and low grounds from native cafes, waste limes from the restaurant bar, overripe figs from a good friend’s tree and off-cut florals from an area florist, all served in a panoramic show.

Jordon Pridham primarily based at Ambra Spirits in South Australia presents Bush Treatment, primarily based on leftover substances, native foraging, and fermentation to spice up shelf-life. His creative use of oyster shells from an area venue noticed them “crushed right into a powder for the liqueur sous vide course of.” Alongside tea leaves from the Barossa Bush Gardens and Tonka Beans from Kangaroo Island.

In an unprecedented twist, three of the eight Australian finalists are all from cocktail innovation hotspot, Melbourne’s Mongkok Tea Home with unimaginable creations from the bartending staff Henry Li, Adam Chang, and native Hennessy legend Jack Lin.

Henry Li submitted his invention Reborn as “a considerate method to sustainability, from ingredient choice to preparation strategies and presentation aesthetics”. His Hennessy V.S.O.P cocktail featured a multi-faceted method to sustainable ingredient sourcing and strategies together with utilization of corn silk, dried onion stem, dried spring onion and dried mandarin peel powder alongside he “Reborn Biscuit,” utilising meals scraps and pastry.

Adam Chang’s ode to sustainability with Wine Manner, demonstrates his ethos that “From a bartender’s perspective, sustainability transcends mere conservation; it embodies innovation and duty. It’s about maximizing the utility of each ingredient, even these previous their prime” to inform the story of Hennessy’s personal creation in utilising the grape, and oxidised crimson wine with leftover espresso grounds.

Lastly, Jack Lin submitted his present stopping Smoke & Mirrors, offered on the Melbourne Hennessy MyWay Masterclass. That includes Hennessy V.S.O.P, Sunflower Seed Shell Umeshu, absolutely utilised domestically grown citrus substances and aquafaba as a by-product the cocktail presents as creating a singular and flavourful drink that promotes eco-friendly and resource-efficient strategies in mixology. The cocktail is served in it’s personal alter of recycled supplies, seaweed, dried flowers and a conventional chinese language tea set.

The High 50 bartenders obtain €1000 ($1,600 AUD) money prize, a Bottle of Hennessy X.O (valued at $385) and the invitation to submit a brand new entry for High 10, with a 1 in 5 likelihood of constructing it by way of. We want the 8 stellar Australian bartender expertise all the most effective as they create their new entry!

Keep tuned for updates on our gifted High 50 as they vie for High 10 standing.



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