Limerick's Adare Manor is all shook up as cocktail creator is crowned champion

Maria Flannery

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Maria Flannery

Ariel Sanecki, National Cocktail Champion, Best Technical Bartender, Best Hotel Bartender, Finbar Collins, Best Cocktail Garnish and Skirmantas Lelys, Best Junior Bartender, at the bar in Adare Manor

Ariel Sanecki, National Cocktail Champion, Best Technical Bartender, Best Hotel Bartender, Finbar Collins, Best Cocktail Garnish and Skirmantas Lelys, Best Junior Bartender, at the bar in Adare Manor

AN EXPERT mixologist at Adare Manor in Limerick has been crowned the country’s cocktail champion, with the hotel itself winning a total of six accolades at the National Cocktail Championships and Bartender Awards.

Expert cocktail creator Ariel Sanecki was responsible for three of the awards: Best Technical Bartender, Best Hotel Bartender and the overall cocktail prize, National Cocktail Champion 2018, for his own creation, the Japanese Garden.

Ariel’s winning cocktail included a unique mix of ingredients, including Star of Bombay Gin, sake, fresh lime, rice milk, yuzu puree and matcha green tea syrup, was beautifully and unusually served in a round glass bowl.

But that wasn’t all for the Adare Manor team. Skirmantas Lelys scooped Best Junior Bartender, Finbar Collins was recognised for the Best Cocktail Garnish and Aaron Flynn won 2nd place at the National Students Cocktail Competition.

“We are delighted for Ariel, Skirmantas, Finbar and Aaron, and the wider Adare Manor team. Ariel’s passion and reputation for crafting the perfect cocktail and his boundless creativity inform his work at Adare Manor,” said general manager Paul Heery.

“From new twists on traditional favourites to ever-changing menus of seasonal cocktails, many of Ariel’s creations feature special ingredients sourced from Adare Manor’s own gardens and grounds. Ariel and his team have a lot of interesting cocktails, which they will exclusively unveil to Adare Manor guests over the months ahead,” he added.

Ariel, who has studied mixology in depth at bartending schools around Europe, has already been named the country’s cocktail champion in 2012 and 2016.

He has a host of other awards already on his shelves, including the International Bartender Association World Vice Champion 2016 (Japan), Relais & Chateau Cocktail Trophy winner, National Vice Champion 2015, and National Gold Shaker Champion 2016.