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Pam's People: Bartenders a real tonic in battle of top drinks

By Pamela Ballantine

Published 01/06/2015

Michael Brown
Michael Brown
From left, Fiona Boyd-Armstrong, Shortcross Gin; Micheal, The Merchant Hotel (Shortcross Signature Summer Serve winner); Oliver Ward, Gin Foundry (judge); Stuart, Muriel’s Cafe Bar (winner of Shortcross Signature G&T Serve); Caroline Wilson (judge); David Boyd-Armstrong, Shortcross Gin
Stuart Podmore
Caroline Docherty and Zoe McComb
Ashleigh Coyle, Rebecca Maguire and Stevey Lennox
L-R; Brenda Shankey, Elizabeth Feehan and Karen McVeigh
Howard Hastings, managing director of Hastings Hotels, is joined by Michele Shirlow and Joanne Harvey
Julie Hastings of Hastings Hotels and Paula Gracey

You may think that all gin and tonics are the same but not so, as I found out in Club Sixty6. Bartenders and mixologists from across the UK and Ireland battled it out at the inaugural Shortcross Gin Signature Serve competition. Stuart Podmore from Muriel's Cafe Bar created the winner and in the Summer Serve category it was Micheal Brown from the Merchant who picked up the honours.

Who knew that you can make a shiraz sorbet, cover it in white chocolate and put it on a stick? Well, it was just one of the delicious dishes served to the guests at the Woodford Bourne wine dinner in the Hastings Stormont Hotel. Chef Jay Eisenstadt matched up seven different courses with the stunning Penfolds wines and each one was superb.

The name Jason Shankey may be synonymous with male grooming but he has branched out into looking after us ladies too and to launch Aesthetica in the Lisburn Road salon, his wife Brenda hosted an evening to showcase the exclusive beauty treatments on offer. With everything from collagen wave facials loved by celebrities to Minimi body wraps, I am going to be a shadow of my former self!

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