MadeWithLove National Mixologist Competition Takes Over Montreal

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MadeWithLove Montreal

MadeWithLove is the name, and serious, handcrafted cocktails is the game.


MadeWithLove National Mixology Competition finals happened in the Vieux-Montréal hotspot, Auberge Saint-Gabriel, and the lineup was smokin’ hot! Incidentally, the event is also the closing party for Montreal’s Invasion Cocktail, where cocktail lovers armed with a drink passport, sampled some of the city’s finest adult beverages at participating bars for one full week. Taking in the breathtaking surroundings and geared with a camera in one hand and a cocktail in the other, we were challenged to taste 14 new and exotic drinks and treated to cocktail-paired bites from Auberge Saint-Gabriel’s chef, Émilie Rizzetto.


The drinks were made by 14 of Canada’s finest mixologists, finalists in a week-long competition that spanned seven different Canadian cities since May 2013.


Here are some of the Nuda-lights of the evening:


One of Jessica’s top picks was the mango-pineapple-jalepeno cocktail made by Dan Vorsterman, known as Field Guide.

The ingredients included:

1800 tequila
Lime juice
Grapefruit juice
Charred jalapeno & pineapple cordial
Orange bitters
Sea salt

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This one was absolutely FAB-ulous as well. We would recommend it as an alternative to dessert Any.Day. Just check out that perfect layering :3

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Mike Shum (of Pacific Rim Fairmont Hotel, Vancouver) stole the show with his 1st place win. 

His drink was known as La Maison d’Escoffier and you can try to make it at home with the following recipe: 

1 1/2 oz Courvoisier VS cognac
1/2 oz Cinzano Rosso vermouth
1/2 oz Alvear fino sherry
1/2 oz homemade spiced and bittered maple syrup
1 dash Scrappy’s cardamom bitters

Stir over hand cracked ice and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish
lovingly with a shaving of white truffle.

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Mike Shum: Winner of the MadeWithLove Montreal competition.


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MadeWithLove Montreal

Another one of our favourites was a drink by Matt Boyle, known as Tulum Engagement

1800 Tequila
Strawberry-pepper infused Cinzano
Homemade tomato water
Garnished with a strawberry and cilantro sprig


Check out this nifty video for an overview of the competition.



MadeWithLove Montreal
MadeWithLove Montreal


Maude’s top pick was a white-russian variety made by Jay Meyers, from Toronto’s Hudson Kitchen. It went along the lines of (let’s face it, I’d had a few by this point): chai tea infusion, cream, vodka, and nutmeg. Dessert in a glass! See also: tastes like Christmas.


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MadeWithLove Montreal
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MadeWithLove Montreal

All Competitors :

Philippe Grandbois – Calgary,

James Nguyen – Calgary, Model Milk

Matt Boyle – Halifax, The Bicycle Thief

Dan Vorstermans – Halifax, Field Guide

Pierre Gadouas – Montreal, Le Saint Édouard – Bar de quartier & Crowd Bar & FLair

Eddy Germain – Montreal, Le LAB, Comptoir à Cocktails

Remi Bernard – Quebec City, Bistro B

Simon Faucher – Quebec City, Restaurant Le Saint-Amour

Jay Meyers – Toronto, Hudson Kitchen

Michael Mooney – Toronto, Geraldine

Mike Shum – Vancouver, Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel

Shea Hogan – Vancouver, The Shameful Tiki Room

Marc Tessier – Winnipeg, Hermanos Restaurant & Wine Bar

Erik K Thordarson – Winnipeg, Deseo Bistro
Member of the jury:

Brynley Leach – Montreal Ambassador,MadeWithLove

Louis Turmel – Quebec City Ambassador,MadeWithLove

Nishan Nepulongoda – Toronto Ambassador,MadeWithLove

Pierre-Olivier Trempe – Producer & Founder,MadeWithLove


is proud to work with the following exclusive sponsors:

1800 Tequila

Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum


Canadian Club Whisky

Courvoisier cognac

Hendrick’s Gin

Jim Beam

SKYY Vodka


How do you prefer your poison: shaken, or stirred?


Article written by: Maude, Clare and Jessica.

Special thanks to Katherine Boushel (PR) and Pierre Gadouras for the photos. 

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