Adare Manor’s expert mixologist has been crowned Ireland’s cocktail champion and the hotel won a total of six awards at the National Cocktail Championships and Bartender Awards. The annual awards recognise the expertise and creativity among Ireland’s finest mixologists in bars throughout the country.

Ariel Sanecki, cocktail creator was responsible for three of the awards: Best Technical Bartender, Best Hotel Bartender and the overall cocktail prize, National Cocktail Champion 2018, for his creation, the Japanese Garden.

His winning cocktail included a unique mix of ingredients, including Star of Bombay Gin, sake, fresh lime, rice milk, yuzu puree and matcha green tea syrup, was beautifully and unusually served in a round glass bowl.

Adare Manor had other winners, Skirmantas Lelys won Best Junior Bartender and Finbar Collins won Best Cocktail Garnish and Aaron Flynn got 2nd place at the National Students Cocktail Competition.

“We are delighted for Ariel, Skirmantas, Finbar and Aaron, and the wider Adare Manor team. Ariel’s passion and reputation for crafting the perfect cocktail and his boundless creativity inform his work at Adare Manor,” said general manager Paul Heery.

He added, “From new twists on traditional favourites to ever-changing menus of seasonal cocktails, many of Ariel’s creations feature special ingredients sourced from Adare Manor’s own gardens and grounds. Ariel and his team have a lot of interesting cocktails, which they will exclusively unveil to Adare Manor guests over the months ahead”.

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