Capital cocktail maestro crowned champ
Wellington bartender Jason Clark has been named the 2012 Appleton Estate national cocktail champion.
Clark, from Betty's Function House & Bar and Hummingbird Eatery, blitzed the competition by making 'Hot Banana Buttered Rum', which he mixed to the Banana Boat song.
Clark will now represent New Zealand at the 2012 Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum Bartender Challenge in Jamaica in November.
If you fancy your own cocktail skills, here's Clark's winning recipe.
HOT BANANA BUTTERED RUM
5x 5mm thick slices of fresh banana
Large pinch spice mix (equal parts nutmeg & cinnamon)
15ml Butterscotch liqueur
45ml Appleton Estate 8yr Rum
1.0g butter (little fingernail size)
45ml *Banana Cream (30ml Banana Liqueur to 300ml cream)
Fry and 'muddle' (crush) the banana slices in a hot pan for 20 seconds. Add the spice and let it toast briefly, then add the butterscotch to caramelise sugars and stir for another 20 seconds.
Add water and bring to the boil, then add the rum. Heat until just before boiling point, then remove from the heat.
Strain into a heated vintage martini glass (or similar) and add the butter. Layer the banana cream on top and garnish with grated dark chocolate. Accompany with a gingernut biscuit - dip into the Hot Banana Buttered Rum and enjoy!