Samuel Treadway from Boston, USA Wins the 2019 Giffard West Cup. On May 27 and 28, 2019, Giffard held the 21st edition of its cocktail competition, bringing together 17 bartenders from all over the world at Château d’Angers.
From September 2018 to March 2019, each country organized its own pre-selections to pick the champion who would represent them at the grand international final. Over 1,200 bartenders took part in the 24 events organized and 17 competitors qualified for the final in Angers.
Over the course of two days, contestants faced off over two rounds:
- LESS IS MORE, a minimalist and topical theme intended to showcase Giffard liqueurs in a creation composed of only two main ingredients.
- BORN TO REFRESH, a nod to the story of Menthe-Pastille, the objective was to create a refreshing long drink using Giffard’s iconic liqueur.
Following the two days of competition, one winner was chosen by an international jury composed of:
- Simon Difford (Creator of Difford’s Guide, an internationally renowned blog in the spirits world)
- Yana Volfson (Beverage Director for Cosme and Atla in New York)
- David Hans (Winner of the Giffard West Cup in 2017)
- Jen Riley (Owner of Red House and Sister Midnight in Paris)
- Bruno and Edith Giffard
The winners’ podium was composed of:
- Samuel Treadway from Backbar Union – Boston (US) in first place with his “B²” and “Sailor’s Apothecary” cocktails
- Matteo Mosetti from Nocturnal Animals – Birmingham (UK) in second with the “Brasilian Highball” and the “1885 Breeze.”.
- Sebastian Bauer from Gelbes Haus – Nürnberg (Germany) took third place thanks to the exquisite “Appartment No.74” and “Once Upon a Thyme.”
The candidates first gathered on the Giffard stand at the Cocktail Spirits Fair for a special series of Guest Shifts, before heading to Angers for two days of competition. Joined by about a hundred guests, they had the chance to enjoy the exceptional setting of the Château d’Angers, a 13th century medieval fortress.
The competition brought together 17 candidates:
- Samuel Treadway – Boston, USA – Backbar Union
- Christopher Day – Oakland, USA – Tartine Manufactory
- Olivia Povarchook – Vancouver, Canada – Juke Fried Chicken
- Matteo Mosetti – Birmingham, UK – Nocturnal Animals
- Marco Baricchi – Brussels, Belgium – The Twelve Bar
- Adam Fernandez – Copenhagen, Denmark – The Blume
- Piotr Sawlan – Warsaw, Poland – Cocktail Bar Max
- Petr Novotny – Prague, Czech Republic – Hemingway Bar
- Sharam Mohebbi – Gothenburg, Sweden – Brasserie Lipp
- Wilmer Achata – Bilbao, Spain – Hotel Tayko
- Sebastian Bauer – Nürnberg, Germany – Gelbes Haus
- Dimitrios Filippou – Heraklion, Greece – The Garden
- Mirco Guizzardi – Modena, Italy – Freccia Bar
- Shirmy Chan – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 61 Monarchy
- Francis Gerard Carag – Singapore, Singapore – Cé La Vi
- Duc Duong – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam – Basta Hiro
- Chirine Cabaret – Paris, France – Kouto
Sam Treadway’s Winning Recipes:
- 30 ml Giffard Banane du Brésil
- 60 ml Avuà Prata Cachaça
- 1 barspoon lime juice
- 1 barspoon Angostura bitters
- 20 ml Giffard Menthe Pastille
- 60 ml Clément Select Barrel
- 40 ml Sherry
- 20ml Liqueur Giffard Banane du Brésil
- 20 ml freshly squeezed lime juice
- 10 ml Sirop Orgeat Giffard
- 1 dash Angostura bitter
- Pinch of sea salt
- 40 ml of soda water
About Giffard and the West Cup
Giffard, an independent family business founded in Angers 1885 by Emile Giffard with the Menthe Pastille, produces liqueurs, fruit creams, and syrups for cocktail bars and is distributed in France and abroad.
In 1997, Giffard launched its own cocktail competition open to professional bartenders from Western France, the Giffard West Cup. Soon after, this competition gained momentum and more countries were invited to participate.