Team Italy has prevailed in the 42Below Cocktail World Cup in New Zealand, edging out Team USA by a mere half percentage point.

After a week of challenges in and around Queenstown, the seven teams from London, Europe, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, the U.S. and Italy presented their signature drink to four judges including 42Below global vodka professor Jacob Briars, Australian Bartender of the Year Jason Williams, cocktail author and historian David Wondrich and the “godfather” of the UK drinks scene, Salvatore Calabrese.

Congrats to the Italian squad. Their winning cocktail recipe is below.

Elisir D’Amore

45 ml pineapple and black pepper-infused 42BELOW
5 ml lavender-infused 42BELOW
20 ml limoncello
15 ml orange, lemon and Ginger syrup
5 ml Chambord
50 ml fresh pineapple juice
2 dashes Fernet Branca

Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a bottle. The drink serves two.

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