27.11.2015 all news

Angelika Larkin from Estonia wins the Riga Black Balsam Cup

The title of Master of Riga Black Balsam and a EUR 3000 prize from the international bartending competition ‘Riga Black Balsam Global Cocktail Challenge 2015’ was won by Estonian bartender Angelika Larkina with her cocktail ‘6 Elements’. The other five places at the honorable winner of "Six" won the Latvian bartenders. The competition took place in Riga on November 25.

A total of 48 bartenders from 10 countries participated in the competition and divided a EUR 4800 prize fund.

 ‘Riga Black Balsam is a modern drink for cocktails, which, at the same time, preserves its value, by remining unique and characteristic of Riga. Riga is called ‘the hipster capital of Europe’.  We want to spread a message to the world – Riga’s stylish youth chooses Riga Black Balsam cocktails,’ says Amber Group board chairman Seymour Ferreira.

‘A bitter taste is in style in drinks presently and Riga Black Balsam stands out in this sense with its old heritage and well balanced taste. By the way, most influential New York bartenders know about Riga Black Balsam,’ remarks jury member and international drinks expert Philip Duff, a bartender from the US.

Peter Dorelli, a jury member and former president of the United Kingdom Bartenders’ Guild, commenting on the competition participants’ contribution, said: ‘The participants themselves raised the quality and prestige of the competition. I have been on juries at bartending competition all over the world, but in this one I must specially praise the beautiful cocktail decorations. The participants had put in a great effort.’

The bartenders’ contributions were evaluated by a professional international jury, giving grades for the participants’ technical skills as well as the uniqueness of the taste, qualities and presentation of the cocktails.

The international bartending competition ‘Riga Black Balsam Global Cocktail Challenge 2015’ was organized by the largest alcoholic beverages company in the Baltics, Amber Beverage Group, which includes AS Latvijas balzams in cooperation with the Latvian Federation of Bartenders.

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