Hello again from India, where I am wide awake far too early in the morning thanks to the 12.5 hour time difference between here and California. On the plus side, that gives me a spare second to share some info from the Diageo Reserve World Class Global Finals 2011.
I have been sitting in on one of the six challenges that the 32 bartenders are undertaking here at the competition: Cocktail Theater and the Stars.
There are two parts to it. They must present an original cocktail inspired by a woman and give it a dramatic presentation. Then they must give a unique tableside bottle serve presentation. Peter Dorelli, ex-head barman of the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel in London, is the judge of the competition.
I have been really impressed with both the cocktails and the serves, but here we'll just look at the latter.
This terrible photo shows one of the most creative and dramatic presentations of the day. Please goto Joerg Meyer's website to read about it.
Those are a lot of creative ways to present a glass of liquor - and that's on the first two out of five challenge time slots - 9 out of 32 competitors!
Still more to come from World Class in India...