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Krista Meri – the winner of the cocktail competition Saaremaa Vaarikas!

Posted on 16. April 2014

Krista Meri – the winner of the cocktail competition Saaremaa Vaarikas!

A cocktail competition between individual cocktail masters took place in the Olympic Casino in hotel Olümpia yesterday and its theme was “Summer in Saaremaa island”. The competition was organised by Altia Eesti with the aim of developing exciting cocktails that express the true essence of summer in Saaremaa for the new raspberry flavoured Saaremaa Vodka. The winner of the competition was Olympic Casino’s bar lady Krista Meri with her cocktail MO(O) SUI MAMM inspired by raspberries in Saaremaa.

The record breaking number of 47 barmen took part in the competition for the best barmen in Estonia. According to the main organizer of the event Kätlin Holm, the Branding Manager of Saaremaa Vodka, this was the individual competition with the greatest number of barmen ever carried out in Estonia. “It was truly great to see so many participants and their truly great input to making these cocktails. The level of our barmen and bar ladies is very high and it was far from easy to pick the winners. We would like to thank all participants and hope that the art of making cocktails will continue to develop at a fast pace and our barmen will hold our national flag high on the international level as well,” stated Holm.

The title of the best young barman was awarded to Sigrid Sarv from the cocktail club Bibabo, the third place went to Marge Mänd (restaurant Cru) and the second place to Marten Musta (Klubi Teater). The winner was Krista Meri – the best bar lady in Estonia whose roots are also firmly anchored in Saaremaa. Next year her recipe of the winning cocktail MO(O) SUI MAMM will decorate the bottle of the raspberry flavoured Saaremaa Vodka.

The awards were specially engraved vodka decanters for the best young barman and the winners of the first, second and third places. The top three received travel vouchers as well. The winner of the first place received a voucher worth €700, the second worth €200 and the third €100.

The ‘Summer in Saaremaa’ competition cocktails were rated by a jury with expert members living on Saaremaa or great fans of Saaremaa: main chef of restaurant Dominic Allar Oeselg, sommelier Marko Mägi, Branding Manager of Saaremaa Vodka Kätlin Holm, the best sommelier in Estonia Kristjan Markii, sommelier Kaire Hallismaa, long-term member of EBA and representative of Altia Eesti Aime Lõpp and multiple champion of Estonia and long-term member of EBA Helger Aava.

The jury evaluated the cocktails according to the following criteria: suitability for the theme of the competition ‘Summer in Saaremaa’, aroma of the cocktail, presentation of the flavour of Saaremaa Vaarikas, looks of the cocktail and its presentation.

Recipe of the winning cocktail by Krista Meri:

Saaremaa Vaarikas 4cl
De Kuyper Sour Rhubarb 2 cl
Monin French Vanilla 2 cl
Blackcurrant juice 2 cl
Cido cranberry juice