Pat battled it out along with the other 10 finalists from across the country who’d created their own bespoke cocktails to impress the judges: Rafael Agapito of the Alan Clancy Group, independent.ie’s Patricia Murphy, the Bartenders Association of Ireland’s Declan Byrne and Dublin Hang Dai Restaurant and Music Bar’s Gillian Boyle.
In the end it was Pat’s ‘Duke Mantuano’ cocktail that won the judges’ favour. The recipe combined Diplomático Mantuano Rum with Amontillado Sherry, Fossinola syrup and lime juice.
“We’re looking for the best bartender in the world” explained Patrick Rabion, Diplomático’s Export Director, “one who, in addition to his or her technical skills, embodies Diplomático’s values. Diplomático Rum strongly believes that the best bartender in the world is one who combines all these elements.”
Pat will now go up against the world’s top mixologists from 40 different countries at the third Diplomático Rum World Tournament semi-finals, to be held in Venezuela in April 2017.
He’ll compete to secure a place in the $10,000 global finals in London in June 2017 where second place will receive $5,000 and third place $2,500.
The other national finalists were: Fabio Ciccarelli of The Horse Shoe Bar at The Shelbourne Dublin, Edvinas Rudzinskas of The Westenra Arms Hotel Monaghan, Michal Lis of The Sidecar at The Westbury, Dublin, Ryan Sheridan of Billy Byrnes in Kilkenny, Chris Simon of JT Pim’s in Dublin, Matthew Cahill of McCambridges of Galway, Phoebe Fairbairn of Wigwam in Dublin, Michael Gadzala of the Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Richard Delahoyde of VCC in Dublin and Chris Crowley of Sophie’s at The Dean Hotel.
Diplomático Rum is distributed in Ireland by Dalcassian Wines & Spirits.