A version of this article originally appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 14, 2013, on page 2.
BEIRUT: In the final round of Diageo Lebanon’s World Class bartending competition at Iris Beach Club, six mixologists combined creativity and precision for a chance at the coveted title of Lebanon’s best bartender. In the end, ingredients straight from traditional Lebanese cooking held true when Jad Ballout’s fattoush cocktail caught the eyes of the judges. An unconventional blend of tomato, cucumber, sumac and Ketel One vodka, served with crispy bread on the side, the unique drink secured Ballout a spot in the international competition.
Ballout has since returned from the Diageo World Class Finals. Though he didn’t bring a title home, Ballout told The Daily Star the competition was a life-changing event and has opened new doors for the young mixologist.
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(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)