Does the perfect cocktail even exist? Yes, and you can thank Orlando Marzo for not one, but seven perfectly balanced and sophisticated creations. The newly-crowned World Class Global Bartender of the Year, hailing from Melbourne’s acclaimed Lûmé restaurant wowed a potentially demanding panel of judges — including Diageo’s Global Cocktailian Lauren Mote, no less — to beat 10,000 other bartenders from all over the world to take home the coveted title.

It wasn’t a walk in the park for the Italian native either. Challenges such as the ‘Cocktail Clash’ finale proved to be a true battle of wits and nerves, but Marzo’s calm demeanour helped him pull through.

Orlando Marzo and his winning cocktails.

Here, Marzo has graciously shared the recipes to his winning cocktails, each looking extremely inviting for long balmy evenings. Tailored specifically with the challenges at the Diageo World Class Berlin 2018 in mind — which includes working with Ketel One, Tanqueray No. Ten, Johnnie Walker Black Label, and Ron Zacapa — these cocktails embody the best of their spirits with cleverly thought-out flavour pairings and refreshing techniques.

Here’s how you can recreate them.

1
Down to the Orchard

40ml Johnnie Walker Black Label

20ml Homemade Granny Smith Apple (Clarified apple juice & adjusted with malic & citric acid)

15ml Anise Myrtle Verjus

110ml Orchard Wine Soda*

Garnish: Anise Myrtle-Laced Pear

2
Midnight Melody

40ml Zacapa 23

35ml Banana and long pepper cordial

10ml spiced Madeira

Garnish: Golden Crust Brush (pistachios, long pepper, salt, sugar)

3
Garigue Fizz 

40ml Tanqueray No. TEN

10ml Cocchi Americano

20ml Cardamom Syrup

15ml Strawberry Vinegar*

100ml Fever-Tree Lemonade

Garnish: Lemon Spiral, Strawberry

(*Strawberry vinegar: strawberries compressed/macerated into apple vinegar for 12 hours, then strained through V60 filter)

 

4
Golden Trader

45ml Johnnie Walker Black Label

15ml Wattleseed-laced Apricot Liqueur

10ml Macademia Distillate

Wattleseed

Macadamia

Oranges

Wattleseed and Orange Aroma

No garnish

5
Bora

40ml Tanqueray No. TEN

100ml CO2 charged Lemongrass Laced Belsazar White Vermouth

10ml Black Pepper Aroma

Garnish: Lemon spiral

(*Improved grapefruit juice: peel grapefruit and make a saccharum by adding 3% apple vinegar to it, rest for 24 hours. Clarify grapefruit juice)

6
The Agrarian

40ml Tanqueray No. TEN

20ml Cold Vacuum Distilled Grapefruit Belsazar Rosso

20ml Grapefruit Stock

Plum-laced Fino sherry

Garnish: Plum disk

7
Twilight

40ml Zacapa 23

30ml acidulated buttered cider

15ml mountain marigold

Lemon oil spray

No garnish

Shatricia Nair
Senior Writer
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.