photos by Shahryar Rafiei
article by Sari Colt

World Class Cocktail Week, sponsored by Diageo Canada, brought together Canada’s top mixologists and industry experts working with Diageo Reserve Collection spirits including Bulleit Bourbon, Tanqueray Gin, Ketel One Vodka, Zacapa Rum, Don Julio Tequila and Johnnie Walker Blended Scotch Whisky. The event was held at the historic Campbell Museum in Toronto.

World Class is an international bartender training program and hosts an annual competition. It started in 2009 and over 300,000 bartenders, covering 60 countries, have participated in the program. Winners from each country compete in the finals to be awarded the global World Class Bartender of the Year.
At Toronto’s World Class Cocktail Week opening and closing parties, the current and previous World Class Canada Bartenders of the Year showcased their talents in creating unique cocktails form these fine spirits.

Christoper Enns (2018 World Class Canada Winner) created his cocktail entitled “All In” featuring Tanqueray No. TEN gin, Fino Sherry, Chamomile Cordial, Tiny Ten Lime Juice, Bittered Sling Cascade Celery and Absinthe. Kaitlyn Stewart (2017 World Class Canada and Global Bartender of the Year Winner ) had “The Love Below” with Zacapa Rum, Amaro Montenegro, Aperol, Lemon Juice, and Angostura Bitters. Shane Mulvany ( 2016 World Class Canada Winner) had “Barley Highball” with Johnnie Walker Black Label, Lemon Juice, Fresh Barley Water and Lemon Water. Lauren Mote ( 2015 World Class Canada Winner) had ” Dutch Swizzle” with Ketel One Citroen Vodka, Cardamom Infused Orange Liqueur, Lime Juice, Grenadine Syrup, Bittered Sling Arabica Coffee Bitters, and Cinnamon and Lime Threads. Grant Sceney ( 2014 World Class Canada Winner) had “Louisville Slugger” with Bulleit Rye, Oloroso Sherry, Cynar, Spiced Tea Cordial, Bittered Sling Kensington Bitters, Lagavulin Rinse and Lemon Twist. Jenner Cormier (2013 World Class Canada Winner) had ” Don’t Stop Bay-Leafing” with Don Julio Blanco, Absinthe, and Orange Bitters, Suze, Fleur Sauvage, Quinine Aperitif with a Bayberry Leaf. The drinks all tasted so excellent.

To complement the cocktails, some delicious bites were served. Some of the most interesting ones served were the Ketel One Popsicles, Chocolate Maki Mouthfuls and the Churros served with whipped cream infused with Zacapa Rum. Guests were entertained by live music.

During the week, there were several educational seminars entitled “The Frontier of Whisky” with Tom Bulleit (Founder of Bulleit Bourbon), “Zacapa and Flavour Pairing” with Lorena Vasquez, (Master Distiller of Zacapa Rum) , Kaitlyn Stewart, (2017 World Class Bartender of the Year) and Vanessa Leon, “All Things Vodka” with Dennis Tamse (Nolet Distillery Ambassador, Ketel One Vodka), “Tequila and the Don Julio Experience” with Enrique de Colsa ( Master Distiller Don Julio Tequila) , “The History of Gin” with Jo Mckerchar ( Global Gin and Malts Historian and Archivist for Diageo), “The Johnnie Walker Story” with Stuart Brown (National Whiskey Ambassador for Johnnie Walker and the Classic Malts), “Cocktails at Home” with Dante & Simon, “The Ice Butcher” with Joel Virginillo ( Diageo’s Reserve Spirit Specialist ), ” The Resourceful Bartender & Kait’s Mexico” with Lauren Mote, Grant Sceney, Kaitlyn Stewart and Jenner Cormier, and “The Business of Flavour: Creating Bitters & Ketel One Workshop” with Lauren Mote and Dennis Tamse.
Christopher Enns (who works at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver) will head to the Global World Class finals in Berlin in Oct 2018. We wish him the best of luck and hope he is awarded the well-deserved title.

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