Meet the Girls
Moa Carlson is a girl simply used to working and being in front of a judging crowd. As a teacher at Bar Akademin she had confident and a very personal style in her skills and techniques. A professional and with a keen eye what was required. She also works at SAS Blu Waterfront in the bar – Stockholm.
Demonstrating understanding of the Rhuby brand she had also taken the route further towards the spice and flavour rather than simply the obvious going towards refreshing and summer berry. Although the name indicates the latter she had certainly spiced up the delivery. As seen on the picture some of the scores were lowered as people would have liked to have seen a double strain – taken the ‘bits’ of pepper and basil could be seen as a bit messy – although adding clearly to the delivery of the cocktail.
2 cl Plymouth Gin
4 cl Rhuby
2 cl lime
1.5 cl sugar syrup
Garnish: Basil Leaf
Shaken vs. muddled as the leaves cannot take too much of a Basil flavour advantage without losing the other ingredients.
Maybe not the most attractive cocktail to look at as Moa wanted to have the larger bits of Basil and pepper still available in the drink for the taste sensations in mouth. With the rhubarb the flavours balanced perfectly and the marriage with pepper, basil and rhubarb gave a savoury – yet refreshing delivery.
Moa was fast in her execution and the judges not as used to the competition and there as more of a consumer panel had some difficulty to hear her and to see the products being used. Charming behind the bar and a real professional while slightly silent and not too communicative in regards of why her selection and decisions on brands.
Her Classic cocktail was an immediate OK and she got shaking.
The personal cocktail showed the more Classic angle with a raspberry Collins which the bartender duo, although perfectly balanced and mixed, felt lacked some innovation and risk.
Judges highly on professional execution, while fell down a little on the explanation to what ingredient selection and a possibly not too innovative approach after her very flavourful first drink out. Some may say she played it a bit safe.