Former Lismore swan Australia’s cocktail king

A FORMER Lismore Swans AFL player will take on the world's best bartenders after taking out the 2015 Disaronno Mixing Star competition.

Ben Greenham, who now lives in Perth, beat some of Australia's best to take the title in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Greenham won with his drink, La Renaissance Providore, which impressed the judges Club Suntory manager Hayley Morison, Disaronno brand ambassador Matteo Fabbris, and Australian Bartender editor Sam Bygrave.

Disaronno is an Italian, amaretto flavoured liqueur.

Greenham now works for Perth bar, Enrique's School For To Bullfighting.

Each of the finalists had seven minutes to create four serves of their recipes and were judged on taste, balance, technique and presentation, Australian Bartender reported.

"It's still settling in," Greenham told Australian Bartender.

"I've just been hearing from people back home, touching base with my mum - you know it, but you don't feel it yet."

For winning his first national competition, Greenham will fly to New Orleans in July to compete against Disaronno

Mixing Star winners from around the world.


Ben's winning recipe

  • La Renaissance Providore
  • 45ml Disaronno
  • 20ml La Goya Manzanilla Sherry
  • 10ml lemon juice
  • 1 sprig dill
  • 2 Bar spoons Providore Margaret River Lemon Curd
  • 2 drops Salt Water Tincture
  • Dash of orange blossom water

Shake and strain into a tankard filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a dehydrated lemon wheel and a sprig of dill.

Recipe by Ben Greenham, Enrique's School For To Bullfighting, Perth


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