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Feeling inspired by our first live cocktail competition?

April 20, 2023

The 2023 Australasian Hospitality and Gaming Expo, presented by TAB, MAX & SKY, saw a lot of firsts – among them, our first live cocktail competition. Held in partnership with Diageo on day two of the expo, the competition gave three talented mixologists the chance to go head-to-head for some amazing prizes.

Here’s what happened…

First Prize: Melissa Blanco

Callum from Wynnum Manly Leagues Club took home a $2000 travel voucher for his Melissa Blanco cocktail (Portugal, here he comes!).


  • 45ml Don Julio blanco
  • 30ml cream of coconut
  • 45ml fresh lime juice
  • 30ml fresh passion fruit extract
  • 10ml vanilla extract


  • Shake double strain all ingredients into cocktail coupe.
  • Garnish with passion fruit float and burnt cinnamon stick.


“Melissa Blanco, Melissa being a passion fruit farm located in Cooloolabin. I wanted to highlight passion fruit farming in Queensland by developing a taste and perfect flavour paring to do justice to Queensland’s beautiful fresh produce. A true testament to our hard-working farmers demonstrating the Queensland spirit.”

– Callum

Second Prize: Strawberry Queen

Imogen from Broncos Leagues Club scored a $500 travel voucher with her creation, the Strawberry Cream.


  • 30ml Don Julio Blanco Tequila
  • 30ml Baileys
  • 15ml Coconut Syrup
  • 10ml Coconut Water
  • Strawberries, Whipped Cream, Sprinkles & Strawberry Syrup (to garnish)


  • Put a small amount of strawberry syrup on a plate and dip the glass into the plate, then dip into the sprinkles.
  • In a blender, add 1 cup of ice, Don Julio Blanco, Baileys Strawberries and Cream, Coconut Syrup and Coconut Water. Blitz in blender 2-3 times.
  • Pour into glass and top with Whipped Cream, Strawberries and Sprinkles.

Third Prize: The Sunshine State

Emma from Broncos Leagues Club won the entire Don Julio range with her drink, The Sunshine State.


  • 30ml Don Julio Blanco Tequila
  • 30ml pink grapefruit cordial
  • 60 ml pineapple juice
  • ½ of a fresh lime
  • A slice of pineapple


  • In a Boston shaker, muddle 3 slices of lime
  • Add 30 ml of pink grapefruit cordial, 30 ml of Don Julio Blanco tequila and 60 ml of pineapple juice.
  • Add a large scoop of ice.
  • Shake and then shake again.
  • Single strain into a short glass and serve with a slice of lime and a slice of pineapple.

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