Ariel’s Japanese Garden a winner

Ariel Sanecki of Adare Manor Hotel in Limerick scooped the top award at the National Championships & Bartender Awards 2018 held at the Food & Bev Live in Citywest, Dublin, with his cocktail ‘Japanese Garden’.

This annual event was organised by the Bartenders Association of Ireland and sponsored by Edward Dillon & Co for the ninth year in a row.

Ariel will now represent Ireland at the World Cocktail Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, between 1st and 6th October this year having previously represented Ireland at the World Cocktail Championships in Tokyo in 2016 where he won a Silver Medal.

Some 42 bartenders competed out of an entry of 51 recipes received.

This year the BAI invited Hidetsugu Ueno from Bar High Five, Ginza, Tokyo, to judge the Championships.

Hidetsugu, famous for his diamonds carved from ice and his unique Japanese style of bartending, won the title of International Bartender of the Year at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans.

Finishing in second and third place were Federico Destro of The Blind Pig Speakeasy and Oisin Kelly of The Little Pig Speakeasy, both in Dublin.

Edward Dillon’s Commercial Director John Cassidy was on hand to present the awards to the winning bartenders accompanied by Dillon’s Brand Advocacy Manager Alan Kavanagh.

Full List of Award Winners & Recipes

Overall Winner
Ariel Sanecki, Adare Manor, Limerick, with
Japanese Garden
40ml Star of Bombay Gin
20ml Sake
20ml Matcha Green Tea Syrup
10ml Yuzu Puree
20ml Fresh Lime Juice
50ml Rice Milk


2nd Place – Frederico Destro, The Blind Pig Speakeasy, Dublin, with Moonlight Shadow
40ml Bacardi Carta Blanca Rum
15ml Amaretto Liqueur
15ml Basil Syrup
15ml Lemon Juice
10ml Egg White
Dash Plum Bitters


3rd Place – Oisin Kelly, The Little Pig Speakeasy, Dublin, with All Year Round
20ml Bacardi Carta Oro
20ml Port
20ml Falernum
20ml Fresh Lemon Juice
5ml Absinthe


Best Hotel Bartender Award
Ariel Sanecki, Adare Manor, Limerick

Best Restaurant Bartender Award
Oisin Kelly, The Little Pig Speakeasy, Dublin

Best Pub/Gastro Pub Bartender Award
Andrew Kennedy, Carrolls Pub, Lucan, Dublin

Best New Bartender Award (Junior)
Skirmantas Lelys, Adare Manor, Limerick

Best New Bartender Award (Senior)
Daniel Savan, Sidecar Bar, Westbury Hotel, Dublin

Best Technical Bartender Award
Ariel Sanecki, Adare Manor, Limerick

Best Art Deco Bartender Award
Finbar Collins, Adare Manor, Limerick

Best DNA Bartender Award
Shane McCrann, The Blind Tiger, Sligo

Best Social Media Bartender Award
Aaron Mulligan, Russell’s Saloon & Gin Emporium, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Best Hospitality Student Award
Mina, Bao Minh Ngoc Le, Shannon College of Hotel Management, Clare.




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