Cristiano Beretta Wins Mezcal Amores Competition

The inaugural Mezcal Amores cocktail competition was held last night at Café del Mar in Sydney with Cristiano Beretta of The Rook taking out the first prize.

Mezcal Amores Cocktail Competition
L-R: Cristiano Beretta, Jorge Cervantes, Sam Bygrave

Entitled “In Love with Amores”, the competition had Sydney bartenders creating a cocktail using the agave spirit. Mike Tomasic of Mr Moustache came in second place,

Mezcal Amores Cocktail Competition
Ben Shipley with Mike Tomasic (2nd)

and Rollo Anderson of TheLoft in the third spot. Following the announcements, the top three prepared their cocktails to select guests at the event.

Mezcal Amores Cocktail Competition
L-R: Rollo Anderson (3rd), Corinne Mossati, Jorge Cervantes

The competition was judged by Jorge Cervantes (Mextrade Australia), Sam Bygrave (Australian Bartender Magazine), Ben Shipley (Everyday Drinking) and Corinne Mossati (Gourmantic) who visited every bar where the competing bartenders presented their cocktails.

Mezcal Amores Cocktail Competition
The Judges with Cristiano Beretta

Mezcal Amores is 100% artisanal mezcal with a strong commitment to the sustainability of agave and giving back to the community. The brand is a relative newcomer to Australia and is the third biggest selling in Mexico.

Mezcal Amores Cocktail Competition
Mezcal Amores

Congratulations to Cristiano Beretta who will be travelling to Mexico for a Mezcal experience in Oaxaca.

Photography © by Kevin Burke for Gourmantic – Copyright: All rights reserved.

About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is a drinks writer, author of GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN, SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS and founder/editor of Gourmantic, Cocktails & Bars and The Gourmantic Garden. She has been writing extensively about spirits, cocktails, bars and cocktail gardening in more recent years. She is a spirits and cocktail competition judge, Icons of Whisky Australia nominee, contributor to Diageo Bar Academy, cocktail developer and is named in Australian Bartender Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential List. Her cocktail garden was featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has won several awards. She is a contributor to Real World Gardener radio program and is featured in several publications including Pip Magazine, Organic Gardener, Australian Bartender and Breathe (UK). Read the full bio here.