42BELOW reveals top finalists in cocktail showcase

42BELOW has revealed 21 Australian and 21 New Zealand finalists in its sustainable cocktail showcase, who will now battle it out to win the “eco-trip of a lifetime” to Bali.

The 42 finalists demonstrated their commitment to sustainability with a variety of creative cocktails. Ideas included reducing, reusing and recycling regular cocktail ingredients; using ingredients that would normally be tossed after service; upcycling fruits; using old donuts, and giving a second life to spent coffee grinds.

“They’re all winners in our mind, but now, the Top 42 finalists start their journey to become one of 42BELOW’s Top 4 Australian and New Zealand sustainable bartenders,” said 42BELOW ‘Vodka Professor’ Jacob Briars.

The 42 finalists must now be reduced to just four and will be judged on the following criteria: sustainability (is it genuinely doing good, through planet-friendly practices?); creativity (inspiration, visually appealing, name, taste?); and popularity.

The final element, popularity, will see consumers and trade voting for their favourite cocktails via the 42BELOW Facebook or Instagram pages, ahead of two Australian and two New Zealand winners being announced on 8 February 2019.

The deserving four will partake in a sustainability-focused trip to Bali, shipped off on a carbon-offset flight for a ‘Tour de Trash’ with Gringgo – a start-up that is disrupting the waste sector in the fight against ocean plastic.

The 21 Australian finalists:


  • Hester Britton, Jacoby’s Tiki Bar
  • Prudence Farquhar, Blue Kahunas
  • Joel Kallmeyer, Barangaroo House
  • Drue Stevens, Marlborough Hotel
  • Chiharu Tomizawa, Chiswick
  • Vincent Valliere, Pelicano Bar
  • Alexia Vrignon, The Duke of Clarence


  • Alexandra Hooker, Savile Row


  • Mitchell Clarke, Hades Hula House
  • Nick Corletto, Maybe Mae
  • Honni Cox, Hades Hula House
  • Brent Giles, Nineteen Ten
  • Kayla Grigoriou, Maybe Mae
  • Adam Hingston, Maybe Mae
  • Michael Litynsky, Hains & Co
  • Joshua McElhinney, Hains & Co
  • Chris Mons, The Propaganda
  • Gregory Perrot, NOLA
  • Will Turner, Maybe Mae


  • Tioni Naslund, Flaggerdoot
  • Anthony Silvestre, Riserva Wine Bar

The 21 New Zealand finalists

  • Alex Dunn, Revelry Bar
  • Alex Vowles, Hawthorn Lounge
  • Ben Newman, Bedford Soda & Liquor
  • Benjamin Taylor, Revelry Bar
  • Bill Scott, Longroom
  • Campbell Bond, Fhloston Paradise
  • Geordie Holibar, Mea Culpa
  • Guy Jacobson, Cuba Libre
  • Jeremy Nivern, Mea Culpa
  • Jonny Park, Seafarers Seven
  • Jordan Allen, Revelry bar
  • Juleon Green, Bedford Soda & Liquor
  • Julien Maddalon, Revelry Bar
  • Madeleine Tate, Teddy’s
  • Jason Rosen, The Parasol & Swing Company
  • Pete Coates, Cod & Lobster Brasserie
  • Rajitha Dilown Mapitigama, Emporium Eatery Bar & Lounge
  • Rob Chacon, Teddy’s
  • Stanley Simpson-Wells, The Club (Queenstown)
  • Vincent Edfeldt, Revelry Bar
  • Zac Goy, Red Light District
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