The Malta Independent 23 September 2023, Saturday
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Island Hotels Group Employee awarded Malta’s World Cocktail Champion

Malta Independent Sunday, 19 December 2004, 00:00 Last update: about 11 years ago

Neville Azzopardi came first in the World Cocktail Competition held in Las Vegas last month. Mr Azzopardi has been employed with Island Hotels Group for the past 10 years and is currently Bars Manager at the Bugibba Holiday Complex. He is also a member of the Maltese Bartenders Guild. Mr Gaetano Cristina, president of the Maltese Bartenders Guild commented, “This is the highest achievement that any of the Guild’s members have ever achieved since its inception way back in 1974. This augurs well for the future of bartending on the island.”

Mr Azzopardi represented Malta after winning the local heats organised in Malta by the Maltese Bartenders Guild. He competed with some of the best bartenders on the island, all of whom are members of the Guild. His winning cocktail “RECALL” won him this prestigious award following intense competition with 45 other countries.

The event was organised by The International Bartenders Association. Mr Azzopardi also competed in and won the 1996 Mediterranean Amaretto cocktail competition, the 1997 International dietetic cocktail competition as well as various other national cocktail competitions.

Commenting about Mr Azzopardi’s achievement, Winston J. Zahra, Director of Operations of Island Hotels Group said this is an excellent achievement for Neville personally and also an honour for Island Hotels Group and Malta. “Such a result should help inspire local barmen and other employees within the hospitality industry. For someone Maltese to win a worldwide competition such as this is indeed an achievement that we should all be proud of,” Mr Zahra concluded.

Neville’s winning recipe

2cl Vodka – Aristoff

1cl Granadine – George Monin

1cl Passion – George Monin

1cl Apricot Brandy – De Kuyper Liquers

2cl Fresh Orange Juice

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