By Vanessa Cavasinni, editor Australian Hotelier
Kurtis Boseley and Ben Varela of The Collaroy have been selected as finalists for the 42 Below Cocktail Earth Cup, a cocktail competition that focuses on sustainability.
The pair, who are group mixologist and group head chef for Public House Management Group respectively, will be one of five duos who will represent Australia in the final round held in Queenstown, New Zealand from 21-24 August.
Boseley and Varela advanced to the final round with the cocktail ‘Foraged Lilly-Man’s Beach’, which uses foraged lilly-pilly berries and tart lemon aspen fruit from the nearby areas of Fisherman’s Beach and Manly.
They are the only duo of five representing Australia in the finals that represent a pub. They are joined by pairs from Australian small bars and restaurants, This Must Be The Place, Press Club, Halford Bar and Quban.
Outside of the competition, Boseley said that sustainability plays an important part in the hotel’s bar operations.
“Sustainability in the hotel for us is closing the loop. Bar culture doesn’t traditionally focus on key sustainable practices, with use of numerous consumables and not properly utilising fresh produce to its full extent.
“With a renewed knowledge and relationship between kitchen and bar, we now have the ability to ensure our bars are efficiently using products to their full extent, and minimising wasteful habits within our bars.”
The Foraged Lilly-Man’s Beach is exclusively available at The Collaroy for $18.