Estonian bartender wins 2012 Monin Cup

20th December, 2012 by Becky Paskin

An Estonian bartender has been named the winner of the 2012 International Monin Cup this month, following a grand final held in Paris.

Maia Iljina Monin Cup 2012 winner Estonia

Maia Iljina from Estonia is the 2012 winner of the Monin International Cup

Maia Iljina impressed judges with an alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktail – both featuring Monin syrups – at the evnt held at the Montparnasse Tower in Paris.

Her alcoholic cocktail, La Vie en Rose, featured Le Fruit de Monin Strawberry, Monin Peach syrup, Amaretto syrup, dry gin and cream, while her non-alcoholic creation Oasis included Le Fruit de Monin Strawberry and Passion Fruit, Perrier and basil leaves.

Second place in the annual competition went to Miyuki Hongo of Japan, while Tadas Dvarvytis from Lithuania landed third.

James Coston, Monin UK brand ambassador, said: “It was an amazing competition, with plenty of innovation, flair and creativity on display. Monin syrups allow mixologists to use their skills to the full and the final showed just how imaginative and clever competitors could be. There were some truly delicious and fantastic-looking drinks produced.”

Iljina won the competition over 26 other bartenders from around the world, and will receive a trip to London for London Cocktail Week 2013 next October.

One Response to “Estonian bartender wins 2012 Monin Cup”

  1. Amanda says:

    What a great competition, if the Monin UK brand ambassador raves about it, it must be great!

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