Winners are determined

Grand Marnier Cocktail Competition 2022

The fact that Grand Marnier products are ideally suited for cocktails was demonstrated at the final of the Grand Marnier Cocktail Competition 2022 held in Zurich at the beginning of November. Benjamin Juhasz, Luca Monn and Tabea Manzke won a trip to Grand Marnier in France in spring 2023.
From left to right: Petra Giacomazzi (4th place), Luca Monn (2nd place) Benjamin Juhasz (1st place) and Tabea Manzke (3rd place)

The Grand Marnier Cocktail Competition already met with lively interest in the run-up to the event. With almost 30 recipes submitted, participation in the final was anything but guaranteed. All the more the qualified Barkeeper, who had gathered at the Lady Suzette in Zurich on November 7, were looking forward to the final. A certain nervousness was palpable, especially among the participants who were in the finals for the first time at a competition.

For the competition, a new recipe had to be submitted for a cocktail that contains at least 3 cl of Grand Marnier as a base and is completed with other ingredients. In addition, the finalists had to convince the jury of the story behind the drink in a presentation lasting no more than one minute.

After a maximum preparation time of seven minutes, the drinks were judged by a panel of experts. With Peter Roth (former bar manager of the Kronenhalle Zurich), Felix Haag (Drinks to enjoy) and Sebastian Reusser (Brand Ambassador Grand Marnier), the panel of experts was broadly based. The jury was enthusiastic about the creations and the many possible uses of Grand Marnier. Felix Haag thus appropriately commented: "A traditional product meets modern bar culture". Jury member Peter Roth added that Grand Marnier is eminently suitable for drink creations: "Excellent drinks can be mixed with Grand Marnier's high-quality products".

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After an exciting and entertaining competition, Benjamin Juhasz from the Old Crow, Zurich emerges as the winner of the Grand Marnier Cocktail Competition 2022. He is followed in second place by Luca Monn from the Widder Bar in Zurich and Tabea Manzke from Platzhirsch Aarau in third place. Together, these three will travel to Grand Marnier in France in the spring of 2023 and experience Grand Marnier at first hand at its place of origin. The fourth-placed Petra Giacomazzi from Soho St. Gallen, like the winner, will also enjoy an additional prize. Grand Marnier will organize an exclusive aperitif for up to 20 people in the respective restaurant for both of them.

Winning Recipes Grand Marnier Cocktail Competition 2022

1st place: "Petit Trésor", by Benjamin Juhasz, Old Crow, Zurich

3 clGrand Marnier - Saffron Infused
6 clNoilly Prat Dry Vermouth
2 dashesCampari Cask Tales

2nd place: "Pangloss", by Luca Monn, Widder Bar, Zurich

4 clGrand Marnier Cordon Rouge
2 clTrois Rivières L'Ocean Pimento & Star Anise Infusion
2 clfresh orange juice
0.5 clYuzu juice
0.5 clSalted Caramel Syrup

3rd place: "The Gerry", by Tabea Manzke, Platzhirsch, Aarau

3 clGrand Marnier Cuvée Louis Alexandre
2 clCynar
2 clLemon juice
1.5 clGrapefruit vanilla syrup
3 DashRhubarb bitters
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