Domenico De Lorenzo: raising the bar

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Domenico De Lorenzo in action

Whether you like it shaken, stirred or on the rocks, there’s nothing like your favourite drink prepared by the best bartender in South Africa (well, one of them anyway). Domenico De Lorenzo from Molecular Bars in Johannesburg has made it onto a very prestigious list of booze gurus who know that pouring the perfect drink really is an art form.

He will be representing SA at the 2015 Diageo Reserve World Class™ Bartender of the Year Global Competition after a gruelling preliminary round which saw 6 000 bartenders from more than 50 countries compete at local level.

Domenico, emerged as the champion for SA with his original drinks of the “Curious Case of the Malted Man” and “Lady in Red”. The Curious Case of the Malted Man is a hot cocktail made from fig and ginger tea, singleton of Dufftown, Lagavulin and vanilla. The Lady in Red drink is a mixture of beetroot puree, poached pear syrup, Ketel One and a splash of lemon. [See recipes below].

The Curious Case of the Malted Man.

The Curious Case of the Malted Man.

The finalists represent some of the world’s exceptional restaurants and bars so there’s no doubt that competition will be tough.

The finals will be taking at the City Hall in Cape Town on Friday, 4 September 2015. Cheers! (Watch this space).

The Curious Case of the Malted Man

35ml Lagavulin 16 YO

25ml Singleton of Dufftown

10ml Lime Juice

Half a vanilla pod

50ml fig and ginger tea

a pinch of dried thyme

Add all the ingredients into a turkish pot and then blue blazer from pot to pot to heat up all the ingredients. After blazing for 15 seconds, extinguish the flame and serve in a cast-iron tea cup.

The Lady in Red

60ml Ketel One

20ml lemon juice

35ml poached pear liquid

2 spoons beetroot puree

12,5ml egg whites

Add all the ingredients into a shaker and shake. Strain into an ice-filled glass (or jar) and add a candied beetroot disk to the side.

Lady in Red. Images courtesy WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year Competition.

Lady in Red. Images courtesy WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year Competition.

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