Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Cocktail Earth Cup Kick Carbon To The Curb

42BELOW® Cocktail Earth Cup Competition 2016


QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND, 25th AUGUST 2016 -- The results are in and whilst Australia has the overall bragging rights, with the highest score across their five teams, James Millar and Cameron Attfield from The Gin Room in Auckland, New Zealand are the 42BELOW® Cocktail Earth Cup 2016 champions.

The Cocktail Earth Cup, the Trans-Tasman sustainability focused cocktail competition, took place in Queenstown, NZ, from Monday 22nd August and ended last night on Wednesday 24th August. Cocktail Earth Cup is an evolution of the famous 42BELOW Cocktail World Cup. Jacob Briars, the legendary (but retired) ‘Vodka Professor’ and director of global trade advocacy for Bacardi, explains, “Bartenders are extremely important to 42BELOW, and have always been our biggest supporters. We want to give them an opportunity to grow as bartenders, have some fun and compete against one another. It’s been a fantastic occasion to learn how to make drinks in a more sustainable way with some great speakers. All with the backdrop of Queenstown, which is the best example of the kiwi spirit. Great times in our beautiful backyard.”

The ‘up-cycled’ Sherwood Hotel was home-base for the event that comprised of challenges and activities to test the five Australian and five New Zealand teams’ cocktail-making, showmanship and dedication to sustainable bar practices.

The first challenge inspired the finalists to develop a brand new ‘green’ cocktail using 42BELOW vodka at the heart of the drink. To ensure sustainability was at the forefront, points were deducted according to how many grams of waste were produced during the process.

From there, competitors were treated to a spectacular summit of Cecil Peak via helicopter where the ‘Sustainable You’ seminar explored the industry demands and how to keep one healthy in body and mind. Keeping environmental consideration at heart, all CO2 emissions during the week, including flights, were offset thanks to the Ekos Rainforest Carbon Boutique, a carbon offsetting organization with rainforest conservation projects in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

However, it would not be a true visit to New Zealand without an adrenaline spiking bungy jump off Kawarau Bridge. After which the teams competed in a mystery box challenge calling for a twist on a classic tiki cocktail. No power was necessary as the cocktails were blended via foot pedaling with a specially equipped ‘blender push-bike’.

The final showdown then saw the teams compete head-to-head in the ultimate bar takeover. The judging panel comprised of Jacob Briars, 2012 42BELOW Cocktail World Cup winner Steve Schneider, and owner of Red Hook and Coppa Spuntino in Brisbane Bonnie Shearston.

Getting behind the bar at five of Queenstown’s most popular institutions, with each bar hosting one team from New Zealand and one team from Australia. Participating bars were Jervois Steakhouse Queenstown, Bardeaux, Bunker, Bar Up and The Brecon St Merchant. It was up the teams to convince the good people of Queenstown to try their 42BELOW creations served in a compostable paper cup. The final opportunity to score vital points relied on the number of drinks sold, total takings and overall cocktail appeal.

Finally, World Bar hosted the official after party featuring NZ DMC Champion, DJ Spell where the winners were announced and the competitors partied in to the night.

Congratulations to all the competitors and we look forward to seeing winners, James Millar and Cameron Attfield from The Gin Room back in Queenstown next year as official judges for the 2017 42BELOW Cocktail Earth Cup.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


It’s All In The Genomes: New Study Reveals Scale Of Havelock North Campylobacteriosis Outbreak

When the campylobacteria outbreak hit Havelock North in 2016, no-one fully understood how widely it affected the local communities. Gene-sequencing technology used by scientists has shown the true scale of the outbreak. The joint study from ESR, Massey ... More>>


Tiwai Point: Rio Tinto Announces Plans To Close Tiwai Point Smelter

Rio Tinto has just announced that it will wind down New Zealand Aluminium Smelters - the Tiwai Point smelter - saying the business is no longer viable. More>>


Freight: New Report On Auckland Port Relocation

The Government has released a major new report on the options for relocating the Port of Auckland’s freight operations while deferring any decision on the issue. More>>


Taxation: Black-Market Tobacco Sidesteps $287 Million In Excise Tax

Year-on-year increases in consumption of illicit tobacco in New Zealand have seen illegal trade swell to 11.5% of the total market. If consumed legally, illicit products would have netted the Government $287 million in excise tax during 2019. Independent ... More>>


Energy Sector: Meridian Spilled Water To Hike Electricity Prices - Authority Ruling

The Electricity Authority has found that generator Meridian Energy manipulated the power market, costing consumers about $80 million. More>>


XE Data Update: RBNZ Official Cash Rate Decision

The RBNZ will keep the Official Cash Rate (OCR) at 0.25%. T he key points in the RBNZ statement are: RBNZ keeps the OCR unchanged at 0.25% Maintain the LSAP (large scale asset purchase) at NZD$60 billion. Committee prepared to use additional monetary ... More>>


Electricity: Kiwis Ignore Promise Of Cheaper Power

Electric Kiwi and Flick Electric Co are joint winners of Canstar Blue’s award for Most Satisfied Customers | Electricity Providers From putting on an extra layer – rather than turning on a heater – to turning off lights and choosing the energy-saving ... More>>


ASB: Regional Economic Scoreboard Q1 2020

ASB NZ Regional Economic Scoreboard Gisborne still the place to be It has been Gisborne’s year, and the region comes out tops on our regional rankings for the fourth successive quarter. Like everywhere, question marks are about the COVID-19 impact on the future. ... More>>

RNZ: Economic Activity And Business Confidence Bouncing Back

Two surveys from ANZ show business confidence and economic activity have rebounded, but uncertainty about the future remains extreme. More>>


NIWA: The Climate Record That Keeps Getting Broken

Among the multitude of New Zealand climate statistics there is one record that continues to be broken month after month. Since January 2017 there has not been one month that recorded a below average nationwide temperature, according to NIWA’s seven station ... More>>


Govt: Extended Loan Scheme Keeps Business Afloat

Small businesses are getting greater certainty about access to finance with an extension to the interest-free cashflow loan scheme to the end of the year. The Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme has already been extended once, to 24 July. Revenue and Small ... More>>


Science: 2019 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes Announced

The 2019 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes have been announced in a digital livestream event today. The Prizes recognise the impact of science on New Zealanders’ lives, celebrate the achievements of current scientists and encourage scientists of the ... More>>


Stardome Observatory: Young Kiwi Astro-Photographer Shoots For The Stars

Matariki by Josh Kirkley. The stars are aligning for up-and-coming Auckland-based astro-photographer Josh Kirkley (Kāi Tahu). During lockdown, one of his images was picked up by NASA and shared on the space agency’s Instagram to its 59.2 million ... More>>

DCANZ: Time For EU To Commit To A Level Playing Field For Trade

The Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand (DCANZ) has welcomed New Zealand Trade Minister David Parker’s statement that it is unacceptable for New Zealand exporters to continue facing an ‘unlevel playing field’ in the EU. Details leaked ... More>>


New Zealand Government: Supporting Kiwi Businesses To Resolve Rent Disputes

The Government will legislate to ensure businesses that suffered as a result of the COVID-19 response will get help to resolve disputes over commercial rent issues, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. More>>