David Arrebola preparing his Mattoni Fresh cocktail
Fresh(!) from Adeje
Whether you like your cocktails shaken or stirred, David Arrebola is Adeje’s man.
The barman who works in the Palacio de Isora, came third in the Spanish National Barman championships in November of last year, and therefore is off to Prague this weekend to represent Costa Adeje, and Spain in the 4th IBA World Championship in non-alcoholic drinks.
At the press conference in advance of his departure, David mixed a sample of what he hopes will be his winning cocktail for the Adeje mayor, Jose Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, the councillor for Sport Adolfo Alonso Ferrera and the president of the Tenerife Barman Association, Jose Antonio Mesa Mendoza.
For competitions at this level there are very specific rules about amounts and types of ingredients with a number of obligatory additions. As this is sponsored by Mattoni, the drink must include at least 10cc of the original Grand Mattoni mineral sparkling or light sparkling water in the recipe. David’s drink, Mattoni Fresh! also includes puree of apple and passion fruit and apple and lime juice. Judging is based on a number of criteria including appearance, aroma, taste and innovation.
Over 70 countries have been invited to take part in the opening round on June 21st , and the best six will be invited to take part in the final on June 22. David said he is going to Prague “hoping to win, to win for Adeje and for Tenerife and Spain”. He added that while he might be a little bit nervous he is no stranger to competition and has won four national and one international title during his years as a professional and member of the Tenerife Barman Association.
The Association president Mesa Mendoza expressed his gratitude to the Adeje council and mayor for their continuing support and help in this regard – in 2011 Costa Adeje hosted the Pan American World Championships – adding that this level of backing was very important for the profession.
Mayor Jose Miguel Rodríguez Fraga wished David Arrebola luck, and praised him and the association for “the level of professionalism. It is a reflection of work well done, and also of the quality of service that is fundamental for a tourist destination such as ours.” He said the work of the Tenerife Barman Association was also vital in promoting the dignity of the profession. The other hugely important aspect of this competition, the Mayor added, was the promotional side of the trip, “this is about letting people know about the destination. David is taking the name of Costa Adeje with him, and of Tenerife, the Canary Islands, and bringing to Prague the level of professionalism that is a part of this tourist destination, and I have no doubt that he will do all of that very well”.