Winning Cocktails From The First The Wild Geese UK Cocktail Competition

Our search for the Ultimate Cafe Creme brought together some of London’s top bartenders, who each shared some exciting ideas about the Cafe Creme cocktail.

Our wonderful judges – Neil Davey representing Square Mile magazine, Louise from BarChic.com and Martin Bell who has been working with the brand during its UK launch – were all treated to variations of the classic cocktail, each with a very prominent Wild Geese twist! The judges took into account taste, presentation and replicability.

WINNING COCKTAIL: Tim from Hawksmoor

 35ml The Wild Geese Classic Blend
15ml Clove Chocolate bitter syrup
Double shot Climpsons Irish Coffee
Cream shaken with 2 dashes angostura bitter
1 dash Maraschino

Add The Wild Geese Classic Blend, clove syrup, coffee and a dash of hot water (20ml), all poured into a milk pitcher and gently heated with the steam wand from the coffee machine, until the pitcher has become too hot to hold.

The pour the contents into a warm glass. Top with cream shaken with 2 dashes Angostura bitter and 1 dash Maraschino.

Tim: ‘I’m delighted. I wanted to look after the strong ingredients in the drink. The Wild Geese is a great drink on its own’

SECOND PLACE: Kasia from The Royal Exchange

Kasia gave a ver theatrical presentation, paring undeniable with skill with an impressive knowledge.

- Flambé  1 teaspoon brown sugar and 25ml The Wild Geese Classic Blend to make a whiskey syrup. Wet rim of glass with this whiskey syrup.

Then mix:
75ml The Wild Geese Classic Blend
Double espresso
Half teaspoon brown sugar
Double cream, shaken gently

Garnish with 3 coffee beans.

Kasia: ‘Thank you for a really great event and an opportunity to perform’

THIRD PLACE: Pawel from Coq d’Argent 

Pawel delivered an original recipe with great balance and an exceptional performance.

American coffee infused with vanilla pods, cassia bark, cloves and chocolate bitters.
50ml The Wild Geese Classic Blend
20ml Orange flavour cream

Garnish with caramelised hazel nuts.

Pawel: ‘Really great whiskey, with wonderful citrus and spice’

Brand New Video: The Exile

The festive season is now upon us. At this time of year we come together with loved ones, sometimes fighting time and distance to spend the season with them.

Our latest video draws inspiration from what The Wild Geese left behind. Although these Men of Action stood strong in 1691 and achieved some remarkable things in their adopted communities, many left behind families. The took the name ‘The Wild Geese’ in the hope and belief that they would one day return. Their hearts remained focused on Ireland.

Wherever you are in the world, if you are of Irish descent you are part of this story and entitled to call yourself Wild Geese. 

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The Wild Geese Search for The Ultimate Cafe Creme

The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Collection launched our first cocktail competition on Monday 12th November!

We invited a selection of London’s top bartenders to The Royal Exchange in London to create the Ultimate Cafe Creme. We had a great turn out with 9 highly skilled barmen from the Square Mile of London. They all brought with them fresh ideas and we loved seeing them engage with the brand so passionately.

To give them some Irish courage, we provided the participants with a sample of each of our multi award winning Irish Whiskeys – the Classic Blend, the Rare Irish, the Limited Edition and the superb Single Malt.

There was a consensus around the room that each whiskey had its own distinct personality, but did share some characteristics: a richer, rounder, smoother flavour. It was exciting to present an independent Irish whiskey.

Each participant then came forward and presented their ideas to a warm crowd that enjoyed hearing different takes on the recipe.

Huge thanks go to all our participants, but specifically to the panel of judges who chose the winning recipes:

  • Neil Davey representing Square Mile Magazine
  • Louise Corbin from BarChic.com
  • Martin Bell who has been working with the brand during its UK launch

Our fabulous judges decided the winner based on taste, presentation and replicability.

The Winning Cocktail came from Tim from Hawksmoor:

35ml The Wild Geese Classic Blend
15ml Clove Chocolate Bittet Syrup
Double shot Climpsons Irish Coffee
Cream shaken with 2 dashes Angostura Bitter
1 dash Maraschino

Add The Wild Geese Classic Blend, clove syrup, coffee and a dash of hot water (20ml) all poured into a milk pitcher and gently heated with a steam wand from the coffee machine, until the pitcher had become too hot to hold.

Then pour the contents into a warm glass. Top with cream shaken with 2 dashes Angostura bitters and 1 dash Maraschino. Enjoy!

Tim showed his extensive knowledge in his presentation. His Ultimate Cafe Creme was a beautiful recipe in its simplicity. His mixture let the flavours do the talking, and complimented our Classic Blend perfectly. Proving that our whiskey is versatile and very engaging.

Here are some of the other participants – each brought a really special spin to the competition!

Thank you to all our competitors and The Royal Exchange for providing the venue.

Extra special thanks go to the judges and Square Mile magazine and The Drink Shop for helping run the competition.

TASTING INVITATION : The Wild Geese Cocktail Competition at The Royal Exchange, London

The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Collection is delighted to present the first in a series of innovative cocktail competitions in the UK!

Join us and 12 of London’s top bartenders in creating the best for this seasons challenge: “The ultimate Cafe Creme” using The Wild Geese Classic Blend. There will be a chance to sample our multi award winning, three times voted “Best Irish Whiskey”, The Wild Geese Collection and win a bottle of our superb Single Malt (SRP £54.99), so come along for a fun after work drink.

Also check out the free offer with the Wild Geese Classic Blend at Rex’s Restaurant, The Royal Exchange throughout next week.
The wild geese whiskey cocktail