To celebrate the launch of the new Stoli Global Casting Call, Stoli Vodka’s bartender, Luke Ashton, is showcasing his creativity in the best way he knows how – by creating Stoli Australia’s most original cocktail. Dating101Sydney was there to go along for the ride.

Luke was set the challenge by Stoli to create a cocktail like no other – a drink that epitomises originality and encompasses the elements of the Casting Call competition, a worldwide search for creative individuals that will see one lucky Australian and a friend flown to LA for the trip of a lifetime. Once in LA, they will attend the exclusive Stoli party at the Playboy Mansion and experience a bold and daring zero gravity flight on the fringes of space with Zero G.

Luke has spent weeks behind the bar concocting a cocktail masterpiece – the Stoli Supernova.

Luke says; “Everyone expresses originality in different ways. For me, I express my creativity through the drinks I make. With the Stoli Supernova, I wanted to create a drink that is visually spectacular and illustrated the weightlessness of a zero gravity flight, but also had a flavour profile that was truly original.”

To create the Stoli Supernova I’ve combined chilled Stoli Original and the chocolate spirit Mozart Dry with gellan to create a fluid gel, and then poured cold Cherry Tea Mix over a large Ice Globe. This creates suspended red drops and swirls through the clear liquid to give the illusion of weightlessness in the cocktail as the red drops float throughout the drink. It’s spectacular to look at, and it tastes delicious as well!”

Just turned 30, Luke’s approach to bartending is truly original, and in June he was announced as the winner of Stoli Vodka’s national search for its first ever ‘Original’ bartender. Since then, Luke has worked with Stoli on the Original Fund Initiative, and now brings his expertise and creativity to the Global Casting competition.

From September 1, until October 15 2011, Stoli fans and original thinkers can visit the Stoli Vodka Australia Facebook page enter the Stoli Original Casting competition to prove you are a Stoli Original. Ten finalists chosen by the Stoli judging panel will be asked to upload a video showcasing their originality, and fans will have the chance to vote for the winner. The ultimate real Stoli Original will be announced on November 29 before jetting off to LA at the beginning of 2012. With a friend, they will be the only Australians to join others from across the globe to experience this amazing adventure!

Visit the Global Casting Call tab on Stoli’s Facebook page to enter the competition: and follow Stoli on Twitter for regular updates @StoliVodkaAu

Here’s some pics from the event for your perusal 😉



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