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#LaMaisonCointreau makes its India debut -Finals Tomorrow

10384347_791960667506928_3728608158049631132_nJudging the Mumbai Round   Mumbai round semifinalistsMumbai round of #LaMaisoncointreau

Delhi and Bangalore round semi-finalists

The orange liqueur brand Cointreau which is also known for it’s Cointreau-versial nights, international mixology competition and specially curated events for the ladies, recently introduced its #LaMaisonCointreau concept in the Asian market. In India, the Cointreau team has moved further ahead and introduced the first ever bar tending competition for the lady mixologists.

The three semi-finals that took place in New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai in November this year had in total 18 participants judged by 9 industry professionals (all women). The 8 finalists selected from these three city events are going to compete for the ‘Lady Mixologist of the Year’ title tomorrow (13 Dec 2014) in Gurgaon. I was honoured to be a part of the jury for the Mumbai round competition along side India’s first lady mixologist and wine and spirits educator, Shatbhi Basu and wine and spirits writer and trainer etiquettes- Suneeta Sodhi Kanga. The eight participants in the Mumbai round were asked to prepare classic Cointreau cocktails like the cosmopolitan, Margarita, Side Car, White Lady and Daiquiri. All the contestants were judged on the parameters such as knowledge of the recipe bar-set up, presentation skills, bartending skills and of course taste.

Mumbai round of #LaMaisonCointreau which took place in Hakkasan, Bandra, saw some great talents like Ami Shroff, Ngalaton (Amy) Chithung, Dhanashree Punekar and Priyanka Kandalkar who have made it to the final round. The list of finalists includes eight female mixologists, Amara Reshi of The Leela, Delhi, Ami Shroff (Freelancer), Ngalaton (Amy) Chithung of Grand Mercure, Goa, Ashuli Saini of OCLD, Dhanashree Punekar (Freelancer), Jenika Sapam of The Oberoi, Bangalore, Priyanka Kandalkar (Freelancer) and Shikha Purohit of The Westin, Gurgaon. According to the Cointreau India team, there are some twists and turns in the final leg of the competition. The contestants will have more than just one round to showcase their talents and woo the judges. After all, the winner gets to represent India in the International La Maison to be held in Bangkok, Thailand in January 2015. So, if you are in town, go cheer for the ladies tomorrow at the Leela Hotel, Gurgaon.

About Rojita Tiwari

Drinks & Destinations is all about news, views, podcast, and stories from the world of drinks, travel, and hospitality…served just the way you like it. Rojita Tiwari is an independent writer, trainer, and consultant in the fields of wine & spirits, travel & hospitality. She is a WSET Level 3 certified professional and listed twice (2013 and 2015) as one of the TOP TEN WOMEN OF WINE IN INDIA by the Indian Wine Academy. With 14 years of experience of working for several publications including a decade-long experience of heading the editorial of a leading alco bev magazine, now she is mostly busy- tasting, traveling, writing, training and educating people about the wonderful world of wine & spirits. She also hosts India's first podcast on drinks and travel - The Drinks & Destinations Podcast. Tweet @rojitatiwari or connect with her on drinksanddestinations@gmail.com Cheers & Happy Reading!

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