Since 2011, Absolut Invite, an annual cocktail competition, has challenged top bartenders from across Europe to push the boundaries of cocktail creativity as some of the most respected names in the industry choose the winners. In its fourth year, the competition attracted 183 bartenders from 12 countries, with the finals hosted at the Absolut Atelier in Stockholm.
In addition to inviting the bartenders to demonstrate their most creative instincts behind the bar, they were also challenged on their spirits knowledge and sensory ability, — rewarding not just who could pour out the most innovative drink, but the drink makers’ overall skill set.
This year, these cocktail masters presented an array of artful drinks, blending new flavor profiles with exciting presentations.
After it was all said and done, Andreas Künster from Germany was the overall winner. If you dare to recreate it, click over for the recipe!