Jacob Cohen wins the Southern Comfort Travelling Tales Cocktail Competition

The soul of New Orleans was brought to Sydney on Tuesday night by Southern Comfort as NOLA hosted the National Finals of the 2017 Southern Comfort Travelling Tales Cocktail Competition.

NOLA Smokehouse and Bar in Barangaroo was a suitably fitting venue, with NOLA being an abbreviation of Southern Comfort’s birthplace, New Orleans.

South Trade International have recently added Southern Comfort to their impressive portfolio and are on a mission to bring some authenticity back to the brand. Prior to the takeover Southern Comfort didn’t actually contain any whiskey, and for this reason was discredited by many bartenders. South trade International have brought the spirit back to its roots and returned it to it’s rightful whiskey shelf, much to the delight of everyone in the room at NOLA.

Bartenders across the country entered the Southern Comfort Travelling Tales Cocktail Competition by submitting an original Southern Comfort-based cocktail inspired by an authentic story for their chance to be crowned Australia’s national champion.

Ten of Australia’s finest mixologists made it through their respective state finals, two from each state. On the night of the final, each finalist presented their cocktail by creating it live in front of a panel of judges, whilst describing the story that inspired it.

The top ten finalists were:

  1. Wen Yu Wang, Bro Fist (NOLA smokehouse & bar, NSW)
  2. Emma Burns, The Shoreditch Sazzy (The Clock Hotel, NSW)
  3. Jacob Cohen, The Bootlegger (Three Wolves, QLD)
  4. Ryan Lane, Lalaurie Zoom (The Gresham, QLD)
  5. Gregory Perrot, Southern Comfort Hot Toddy(Skycity Casino, NT)
  6. Dan Wall, Saving Grace (Nola, SA)
  7. Genevieve Maladay, Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (Garden State Hotel, VIC)
  8. Hayley Dixon, Battle & Hum (Lily Blacks, VIC)
  9. Peter Van Zeller, Blazing Heron (Daddy Long Legs, WA)
  10. James Mason, Berry Herbed (Ku De Ta, WA)

The winning cocktail was The Bootlegger created by Jacob Cohen from Three Wolves in Queensland. His cocktail was made with 60ml Southern Comfort, 25ml NOLA rebirth pale ale/aperol/honey reduction, 20ml lemon juice, one barspoon of saline solution. He will receive an all-expenses paid trip to New Orleans including tickets to ‘Tales of the Cocktail’ and an honorary bartending spot at one of the city’s top bars.

There were three refreshing cocktails created for those who came to see the Southern Comfort Travelling Tales Cocktail Competition final: Southern Hurricane (made with Southern Comfort, fresh lemon juice, orange juice, pineapple juice and a splash of grenadine), Southern Lousiana Lemonade (made with Southern Comfort, triple sec, sour mix, a dash of bitters and topped with lemonade), and Southern Comfort Old Fashioned (made with Southern Comfort, soda water and bitters).

The delicious canapes on offer were oysters rocks and pacific, wood fired capsicum tartlet, hiramasa kingfish pastrami, blackened voodoo wings, tuna sashimi lightly torched, seared scallops, chargrilled lamb ribs, buttermilk fried chicken bites, smoked garlic potato croquettes and a selection of sliders.

For more information of Southern Comfort travelling tales cocktail competition visit: https://southerntalesau.southerncomfort.com/

Post was written by Abigail Andrews.

Sydney Event Blogger was an invited guest