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Gin a real tonic for winners of Shortcross Gin cocktail competition

By Lesley Houston

Northern Ireland's best gin cocktails have been unveiled, with the winning 'serves' shaken and stirred by some of the province's best bartenders.

The Shortcross Gin event put some of the best cocktail creators up against each other at Belfast's Sixty6.

Their craft gin was launched a year ago from the Rademon Estate Distillery near Downpatrick in Co Down. And the finale was judged by David-Boyd Armstrong, co-founder of Rademon Estate Distillery, Oliver Ward from Channel 4's Sunday Brunch and Caroline Wilson, founder of Belfast Food Tours.

Stuart Podmore, of Muriel's Cafe Bar in Belfast, triumphed with his Shortcross gin and Fever-Tree elderflower tonic water entry, imaginatively accompanied by fresh orange ice cubes and garnished with a sprig of fresh mint.

The Merchant Hotel's Micheal Brown won the cocktail category with his '9 Hour Bill', which included gin with orange and lemon juice, Campari and egg white.

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