Rockliffe barman shakes up shortlist for top cocktail award


The bar tender at Rockliffe Hall has been shortlisted for a top cocktail making award.

Thomas Moore has been causing a stir at the five AA red-star property near Darlington after creating a special tequila-based drink that has gone down exceptionally well with punters.

Moore was spurred to make the beverage after the firm, Tequila Patron, announced it was looking for a bartender who works with passion, care and precision for the competition.

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Moore submitted the ingredients, method and description for his creation, The Pamplemousse Zingarita.

The special creation was shortlisted for the first round and a mystery judge then visited Rockliffe Hall in October to taste his tipple.

The top ten cocktails will be profiled and celebrated in The Perfectionist’s Yearbook 2016, before they are each pitted against each other to find an overall winner.

The winner will be jetted off to the Hacienda Patrón in Mexico in February, to see the tequila being produced.

Moore’s cocktail particularly stood out because of the special salt he puts on the rim of the glass, which is a combination of Himalayan pink salt mixed with lime zest and chipotle. The cocktail itself is a mixture of Patrón Anejo tequila, pink grapefruit liqueur and a special sugar syrup.

Shaun Corrigan, Old Hall food and beverage manager at Rockliffe Hall, says: “This is great news for Thomas, it’s a fabulous achievement. He’s an incredibly creative cocktail maker. He has an excellent understanding of which flavours work well together, and a keen eye for what looks fantastic in the glass.”