Harrogate cocktail causes a stir

HIC receptionist Julie Bendelow, Mayor of Harrogate, Coun Michael Newby and Gareth Vowles, general manager of Banyan (s)
HIC receptionist Julie Bendelow, Mayor of Harrogate, Coun Michael Newby and Gareth Vowles, general manager of Banyan (s)
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A Harrogate cocktail has been jointly developed by town centre bars.

Gareth Vowles, of Banyan, Pippa Bradley-Dixon from The Pantry and Tony Walker and Carlos Novelli from Lure Bar this week won a Harrogate International Centre contest judged by Mayor of Harrogate Coun Mike Newby.

The tequila and cassis-based drink, named Harrogate SPArkle, beat five other offerings. The cocktail will now be sold to riase cash forSupporting Older People and Rwanda Child Project.

Coun Newby said: “It was a very close contest but I liked the name of the cocktail which seemed to sum up the drink itself nicely.

“The overall finesse and presentation from the team was great too considering they had just 30 minutes to come up with the cocktail and think of a name for it.”

Experienced cocktail maker Gareth said: “The drink comes in HIC’s red and white colours and is made up of half a measure of tequila and half a measure of cassis.

“We added a squeeze of lime, muddled it together then added a little bit of sugar syrup, gave it a mix then topped it up with champagne.

“We definitely weren’t expecting to win because there were a couple of strong teams out there so I’m really pleased we did it.”

The contest was part of last week’s Harrogate After Dark event, which was hosted by HIC to strengthen business links between the venue and the region’s night time leisure industry.

HIC director Simon Kent said: “Harrogate After Dark was all about HIC working together with the bars, restaurants and cafes which are all popular with event delegates coming to Harrogate.

“We sprung the contest on everyone as a bit of surprise but they all got straight into it. I suppose the Mayor had the best job on the day, getting to sample all these wonderful drinks which were created by some very talented people.”