Daniele Cordoni, bartender at the five star Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real in Fuerteventura, has been named the ‘Best Bartender in Spain 2018’ at the national finals of the prestigious Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS 2018 competition, held in Madrid.
Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS competitions have been a driving force behind the transformation of fine drinking and cocktail culture globally, hosting competitions in over 60 countries in search of the best bartenders and cocktail makers. This year’s theme required Cordoni to explore his culinary skills, by applying the ingredients and techniques a chef would use to create flavours, whilst incorporating sustainability into his closed loop cocktails- otherwise known as a ‘no-waste’ cocktail.
In a bid to place Fuerteventura on the global mixology map, Cordoni’s winning cocktail incorporated the regional ‘Tuna Indio’ cactus in three different ways to minimise waste. His winning formula also included herbs, fruits and wines typically used in the island’s cuisine, as well as a cocktail strainer handmade by artisans using volcanic rock native to Fuerteventura. Cordoni also served his cocktail menu in recycled glass, carved cacti and re-purposed Tetra Brik cartons, demonstrating his support for responsible sourcing and the sustainability movement.
Bartending and practicing his mixology skills at the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real, Cordoni’s techniques and flair can be seen in each exotic cocktail served at the five-star property. Guests can indulge in the award winning cocktails at the Ibiza style Coco Bahia Lounge & Club, which offers Balinese beds, a beachfront bar and direct access to the white sand beaches of Corralejo. For those in search of a more relaxing evening tipple, the Piano Mirador Bar boasts stunning terrace with views of the nearby islands of Lobos and Lanzarote, making it an ideal hot spot to enjoy a delicious drink in style.
In October 2018, Daniele Cordoni will put his skills to the final test and travel to Berlin to compete in the WORLD CLASS bartender of the year finals. Considered the Olympics of cocktail making, the competition will bring together the best bartending talent from around to globe, to fight for the title of World’s Best Bartender 2018.
Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real offers rooms from £145/ 165€ per night on a bed and breakfast basis. Flights to Fuerteventura are available from 13 UK airports.
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