On the day before the last in the G'Vine Gin Connoisseur 2011 World Finals here in Cognac, France, the contestants entered the Speed Pouring Challenge.
The contestants had to make the same drinks as in the speed mixing competition - two Gin and Tonics with different tonics, a Jasmine (gin, Campari, Cointreau, lemon), Floral Martini, and a Negroni. This time, however, they needed only to pour the spirits in the glasses they'd be served in without jiggering.
They were then measured for accuracy in quantity. I believe the slowest time was around 21.5 seconds and the fastest at 54 or so seconds. (The slowest time was by celebrity guest Gary Regan!)
After the competition, we took a boat ride down the Charente River to the La Ribaudiere restaurant.
We took the opportunity to use the boat ride for a capella karaoke.
Then at the restaurant the bastards had the non-competing bartenders (the hangers-on like myself and Gaz Regan) make the punch. Nobody told me this trip was going to be hard labor.
Currently it's Friday, the last day of the contest. The bartenders are taking a two-hour written exam while the bloggers are blogging. Tonight is the grand finale Summer Ball - more to follow - along with the name of the winner - tonight or tomorrow!