Word came in yesterday from Wellington, New Zealand that Team USA had topped everyone else in the world and been named the best bartenders in the world at the 6th annual 42Below World Cocktail Cup. From a field of two thousand, the three fellas from the United States battled their way into the finals and, over five days of grueling competition between twenty-four bartenders from seven different countries, didn't just win the competition, but did so handily with their rather verbose final cocktail, called the "I have too much thyme on my hands right now at this point in my life."
Yeah, I know. Weird.
Wanna know what's even weirder (by which I mean super-fucking-cool)? According to reports out of New Zealand, Team USA made their final presentation while being backed up on stage by Run DMC.
|Ladies and gentlemen, the best bartenders in the world...|
For those of you who are interested, the recipe for the winning American cocktail is below. You can also check out the drink that got Stoddard onto Team USA by clicking here. And I'm still trying to get my hands on a prep sheet for Team New Zealand's entry--and one of those bomb-suits to wear while making it.
42BELOW COCKTAIL WORLD CUP 2010 WINNING RECIPE
"I Have Too Much Thyme On My Hands Right Now At This Point In My Life"
(1 oz) 42BELOW vodka
(1/2 oz) aritchoke aperitif
(1 1/2 oz) lime thyme syrup
Liberal dash of apple bitters
Compressed apple thyme balls to garnish