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Finlandia Vodka Cup
January 16, 2008   
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The arctic homeland of Finlandia Vodka will once again serve as the battleground for the best bartenders from around the world competing in the annual Finlandia Vodka Cup.

The 10th Annual Finlandia Vodka Cup Competition Finals will take place Feb. 12 in Lapland, Finland, bringing together top bartenders from around the world to test their cocktail-making abilities.

During the contest, the competitors will be assessed by a distinguished panel of judges on their art, style and craft, while making three cocktails: an aperitif, a long drink and a "quick fix."

In the new "quick fix" category, contestants will be given the drink ingredients 10 minutes prior to the competition. During that time, each contestant will invent a new drink recipe and be given five more minutes to mix the concoction. Any extra time will result in losing valuable points.

Every drink the bartenders craft must be a new creation based on Finlandia Vodka, or a member of its "flavor range": Cranberry Fusion, Lime Fusion, Mango Fusion, Wild Berries Fusion, Redberry Fusion, or Grapefruit Fusion.

However, the Finlandia Vodka Cup is not about finding the perfect drink. It is about finding the best bartender who understands the age-old art of crafting a cocktail using only natural ingredients. The points from each category are added up and the winner is the contestant who scores most.

The professional approach that last year's Finlandia Vodka Cup winner, Leszek Kraszewski of Poland, showed in all three categories was exactly what was needed to impress the judges.

In order to compete in Finland, bartenders must first win regional competitions in cities around the world. Each regional winner will then move on to the finals in Lapland for the International Finlandia Vodka Cup.

"Ten years-what an exciting milestone for this competition," said Maureen Brekka, senior vice-president for Finlandia Vodka. "We are proud to sponsor this competition, and there is no better place to do it than the birthplace of Finlandia Vodka."

In addition to the creation of a record number of new drinks, the Finlandia Vodka Cup also aims to break another, slightly different record: to create the largest human-made snow picture by Finlandia Vodka Cup contestants. If successful, this achievement will be noted in the Guinness World Book of Records.
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