COCKTAILS WITH BALLS
Nobody understood why Stefan exactly came at festival 2011. asking around for small cooked pieces of balls, small cooked chicken bone.. We understood why he needs ice! In the moment of winning ceremony 2011. Stefan started to perform and make first cocktail with balls in the world which was served to the new champion! Cocktail had name 'Bourbon with balls'
Two years later, on festival 2013. Stefan came with friends, where chef Philip Paag Lund took cooking competition and Stefan prepared new cocktail with balls for the winner 2013.
New cocktail had name - 'Ceasar's Flaming Balls'.
We still don't know will Stefan come at festival 2014. but we know that winning ceremony will not be same without Stefan and cocktail with balls. By original idea since 2011. when Stefan came for the first time - to make new competition in cocktails with balls. We are now trying to make it real and we invited some bartenders! We believe that Stefan will come, so visitors and competitors will have chance to taste delicious cocktails with balls in hot summer afternoon.
HOW EXACTLY DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR A TESTICLE COCKTAIL?
Before leaving Denmark for the BallCup, I thought, ‘I’m a bartender, so why not make a cocktail with cooked balls in it – just for the fun of it?’ I came up with a recipe that I knew would work well, packed my bar tools, and asked if I could participate upon arrival. They’d never had a bartender make a cocktail with balls, but they were so happy with the idea that they thought the world’s first cocktail with testicles in it should be shared with everybody. I hope this year there will be space for a separate bartending competition and that bartenders with balls from around the world will enter!
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH TESTICLE EATING ?
I was fortunate to taste them for the first time in the jungles of Sumatra, while living with the Mentawai people last year. Every time we castrated a pig, we ate the balls right after. We would boil them for a few minutes in bamboo pipes while the pig ran squealing around our hut in the deep of the forest.
DO YOU FEEL IT WHEN YOU ’RE SKEWERING THE NUTS FOR YOUR COCKTAIL ?
Not at all. It’s like cutting any kind of meat but you’ve got a cheaky smile during it.
WHAT DID EVERYONE THINK OF BOURBON WITH BALLS?
Judges, special guests, and the audience members who tried it loved it and raved about it. Everybody went crazy and so many people came to congratulate me. No prize, but it was a star moment for me and was definitely worth the trip.
RECKON A SHOT OF BALLS COULD WORK ?
It could actually. Maybe that is an idea for 2012! I used to serve oyster shots in my old bar, so hell yeah, it could work with small balls, like a rabbit’s.
DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR CREATIVE COCKTAIL SKILLS BY GETTING PISSED?
After the final, yes, we drank a lot of bourbon and plum brandy – the local moonshine. We also ate balls from all the competitors’ dishes.
DID YOU RETURN TO DENMARK A HERO?
Yeah, I did harvest a lot of respect from friends around the world who heard about the festival!
(interview by Daniel Steiner Maxim Australia March 2012 issue)
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