Bartenders Choice – Simon Sjødahl

Sometimes a guests walks into the bar for a cocktail not feeling like reading the entire cocktail menu through, not able to figure out how the cocktails on the menu will taste, or maybe have chosen a cocktail based solely on the name (and been disappointed subsequently) too many times, and instead give the bartender free hands and some key words to what he or she is looking for and want.

Based on the same key words we passed that challenge on to some of the best bartenders of Copenhagen. The challenge was not to invent a new cocktail, but based on the keywords to propose a classic cocktail, a classic cocktail with a twist, a cocktail from the current menu, or perhaps a new cocktail the bar or bartender were currently working on.

Check out previously bartenders in Bartenders Choice here
Ida, Honey Ryder
Mikkel, Blume
Jimmy, K-Bar

Simon Sjødahl, Barmanager at Mash, Odense was put to the test. The keywords for the cocktail he was to serve were; “Suggest a cocktail that is bold, fresh and fruity – preferably without dairy products.”

Simon faced the challenge head on and decided to serve his drink called El Ancho

“This drink is a tribute cocktail in honour of Rubén Peucelle (El Ancho), who was a famous Argentine wrestler. He began his career as a professional wrestler in 1962, in the TV show Lucha Libre. In 1968 El Ancho made his debut in Titanes en el Ring, the most famous wrestling show in Argentina. He stayed for 20 years with the Titanes making memorable wrestling matches.”

2,5 cl. Ancho Reyes
0,5 cl. Del Maguey Mezcal
0,5 cl. Estancia Raicilla
2 cl. Ocho Reposado
1,5 cl. Beso Agave
Red Bell pepper.
Mixed and shaken, served in a rockglass.
Thank you for the drink, Simon! Without revealing to much, next up for Bartenders Choice is a guy from Aarhus…

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