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La Maison Cointreau Manila 2016 Cocktail Champion Cedric Cello

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La Maison Cointreau Manila 2016 Cocktail Champion Cedric Cello 1

What started as just another bar competition turned out to be an exclusive, by-invitation only La Maison Cointreau Manila 2016 bartender’s competition, aptly called Bartenders Battle Royale, where the best innovative talents in the Metro’s hot cocktail scene produced a champion some months back. The challenge then was to serve their original Cointreau-based cocktail with outstanding taste and flavor, technique, presentation and consistency. This champion is no other than Cedric Cello of the Smith Butcher and Grill Room, and his winning cocktail for this year’s La Maison Cointreau is called “Gossip.”

Cedric Cello was asked what would be the Filipino Bartender’s winning edge on the international stage: “Filipino bartenders are creative, passionate and dedicated in what they do and at the same time they easily relate to other people. A bartender should love what he’s doing with a passion and heart to develop his craft. (I love) creating things while using my hands and crafting a piece of art for others to experience. Early on, I didn’t really consciously decide to become a bartender, it was more of a gut-feel that this profession will lead me to greater experiences.”

When asked how he could be able to hold his own in competing with Asia’s top mixologists, he answered simply that “It would all be a matter of the right employment of the craft, reading the room and properly, gauging the mood of the moment, and hopefully the right mix of spirits and flavors would hit the right spot.”

La Maison Cointreau Manila 2016 Cocktail Champion Cedric Cello 2

Cointreau is the French orange liqueur brand established in Loire Valley, France over 165 years ago. It will be holding its Regional Finals this October 24 & 25,  2016 in Phuket, Thailand.

Here is Cedric Cello’s winning cocktail served during last night’s send-off party:

Gossip by Cedric Cello
Inspiration: Marion Cotillard

The Mix:

  • Cointreau 30ml; Greygoose L’ Orange 30ml
  • Basil leaves-3sprigs
  • Green mango-30ml
  • Watermelon-100gms
  • Giffard watermelon syrup-20ml
  • A dash of Angostura bitters; serve in dbl rock glass
  • Garnish: basil, green mango and watermelon

The Procedure:

Muddle 1 slice of fresh watermelon in a dbl rockglass. Add in the mix and shake vigorously, then add some ice.  Garnish with basil, green mango and watermelon.


About Cointreau

Cointreau was created nearly 165 years ago in Angers, deep in the heart of the Loire Valley, but has always retained a profoundly Parisian and chic soul. Its iconic amber bottle presents the perfect balance between sweet and bitter oranges, a subtle taste uncovering incredible strength of character. Cointreau combined with fresh lemon or lime, is the base for Cointreau Fizz and a whole host of classic cocktails like the Margarita, the Cosmopolitan, the White Lady, or the Sidecar.

Uniquely, Cointreau is more than a liqueur, its orange fragrance reveals the true soul of a delicious cocktail, an enticing taste of Parisian art de vivre: authentic, elegant and always avant-garde.

About Rémy Cointreau International

The French-based Rémy Cointreau Group is the global leading manufacturer and distributor of ultra-premium spirits and champagnes. With an annual turnover of over 1.2 billion euros, the Group is backed by an outstanding portfolio of brands leading the premium and ultra-premium spirits markets.

These brands include Rémy Martin cognac, Louis XIII by Rémy Martin, Cointreau orange liqueur, St Rémy brandy, Mount Gay rum, Bruichladdich single malt whisky and The Botanist gin.

Today Rémy Cointreau has a presence in more than 150 countries around the world. Increasingly, Rémy Cointreau brands are regarded as worldwide benchmarks for premium wines and spirits by elite customers, with solid product reputations resulting from strong traditions which have been meticulously upheld. Strong tradition and a passion for developing the potential of its premium brands, Rémy Cointreau is set to continue its growth in both existing and new markets, as it remains committed to its customers, retaining the extraordinary quality and sustainability of its well-loved brands.

Source: Press Release from Rémy Cointreau’s Philippine Office

Title photo from Vimeo | Insert photo from source



Written by Raffy Pekson II

October 21, 2016 at 11:30 pm

Posted in Food & Beverage, Press Release

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