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A couple of faces were conspicuously absent the launch of Diageo’s Australian finals of World Class last night.

Chris Hysted was busting out cantinero style drinks on the island of Cuba. The man from Melbourne took out third spot in the global comp. Well deserved recognition at a global level.

 The second omission from proceedings was Jess Arnott of Victoria Room in Sydney, who was at that moment in flight as a wild card entry for the G’vine global comp kicking off in Cognac today. Can’t wait to see her name in lights at the end of the week.

Great to see Australasian talent stepping up on a world stage.

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Cocktail

The Third Drink of Christmas:The Cummins Cocktail (or the Great Australian Hope Cocktail)

An evening with Chris Hysted has to be one of the most enjoyable experiences in Australian drinking. The cheeky Melburnian brings flavour and chat in spades to any drink you’re lucky enough to tease out of his head and hands and into your gullet, as it were. These days, you can find him tucked away upstairs in the Attic, or resplendent downstairs at the Black Pearl.
When I asked him to contribute a fine beverage for this little experiment in networked drinking, I had high expectations. High like my adopted home of Australia has in it’s cricket team, high like a donkey grazing in a field of marijuana, high like Charlie Sheen on a Monday morning, High, well, you get the idea.
Unsurprisingly, I’ve not been disappointed. The cocktail he’s delivered is not only the first in the wild mention I’ve seen of Bundaberg 5, but also has a healthy dose of Hysted’s cheek to boot. Served in a stubby, reminiscent of his signature creation, the grounds for divorce, this is a cocktail that could be unassumingly sipped at a poolside bbq, relaxed on the embankment or even nestled gently behind the stumps of a beach day cricket match of your own.
The true genius, and cheek, relies on the alternative carbonations of the cocktail, depending on who is winning the cricket between Australia and New Zealand. You’ll also need some quick hands to shake the drink at 154kmph, but don’t let that stop you from trying.
It’s my belief that the Cider forward variation is certainly superior, although it seems unlikely that many of you will get to try it out if you’re following the instructions that came with the drink to the letter. Maybe the Kiwi’s will bat first on boxing day, or you could sneak one in the next couple of hours while New Zealand has the lead in Hobart.
Either way, it has to be the best use of Fosters Lager this side of the Chapel in London.
The Cummins Cocktail (or the Great Australian Hope Cocktail)
30ml Bundaberg 5
75ml Mildura Brand Apple and Guava Juice
Dash of Bitters.
Shake at 154kph and Fine Strain in to a Beer cup/Stubby of your choice.
Then add 60ml Carbonation.
Being…
40ml Fosters Lager / 20ml Monteiths Crushed Apple Cider when the Aussies are up.
or
40ml Monteiths Cider / 20ml Fosters Lager on the rare chance the Kiwis are ahead.
Consume on Boxing Day with either a cold snag in bread or a cold chicken wing along side your chilled beverage.
Boom shanka!
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Event, New Zealand

Mocktail Challenge on the Shotover Jet

Challenge One is done and dusted, with teams mixing up a modern mocktail using fresh fruits, Monin syrups and juices. Team Australia came away with the win, with Chris Hysted managing to keep at least some of the drink in the glass and get it to Justin Mackenzie and get top scores.

Tonight they’ll ride to the Punch Party on Harley Davisons, like the rockstars they are.

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