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Himanshu Desai For The Good Times comes second in Rémy Martin competition
Friday, 30 November, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
Mumbai-based mixologist Himanshu Desai, the first participant to represent India at the Rémy Martin Bartending Talent Academy (BTA), won the second spot in the competition held in Cognac and Paris, for his cocktail, called For The Good Times.

The cocktail is a delicate, balanced creation that uses Rémy Martin VSOP, along with ingredients chronicled in his adventures as an amateur photographer, including apricot puree, aperol sous vide with pandan leaf, lemon juice and a few drops of sandalwood tincture.

Commenting on experience, Desai said, “The opportunity to not only compete against the best-in-class emerging mixologists from around the world, but also exchanging ideas with them has made this competition once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

“We were asked to create a cocktail inspired by one of our childhood hobbies. If not a mixologist, I would definitely have been a photographer, so that is the hobby I selected as my inspiration,” he added.

“I went on the trip with a travel journal and a Polaroid camera, documenting my experience there. My presentation at the event was also Indianised, with my choice of glass and the placement of a miniature sword atop it. My cocktail was served on my journal. I shot a picture of the judges on the spot, and attached it to the presentation to justify my hobby,” Desai stated.

Abhishek Parameswaran, country manager, India and Sub-continent, Rémy Cointreau, said, “We are delighted to have selected a bartender of Desai’s calibre to represent India at this coveted global platform.”

“This opportunity has helped him to connect with the bartenders’ community in a unique way and gave him a chance to display his skills to a global audience,” he added.

“The Rémy Martin BTA selects rising stars from the mixology industry, and we are extremely proud that Desai bagged the second prize,” Parameswaran said.

He added, “We strongly believe in etching a long-term and genuine relationship with the bartending community, and support them as they aspire to become the most influential talents in the industry.”

A brave new wave of up-and-coming bartenders, such as Desai in India, are signalling a new dawn for this fine spirit. The way that cognac is being used in cocktails at top bars in India, is encouraging the industry to step out of its self-made box.

Rémy Martin India was extremely proud to have selected Desai, one of India's talented bartenders for this coveted competition, and looked forward to more talent from the Indian market to represent the country at the Rémy Martin BTA and hone their bartending skills. The BTA is a truly exceptional experience with a truly exceptional brand.

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