Olivia Jones and Caitlin Nash from RosieBlu took first place with their Blushing Rosie mocktail.
Olivia Jones and Caitlin Nash from RosieBlu took first place with their Blushing Rosie mocktail.

A fresh taste for Bundy drinkers

THERE was not a blush in sight when RosieBlu Gourmet Deli staff Olivia Jones and Caitlin Nash won the non-alcoholic category in the Crush Mocktail/Cocktail competition on Monday night.

The girls were all smiles as their mocktail, the Blushing Rosie, was announced as the “taste of Bundaberg” for the competition which ran as part of the Crush Festival.

“The judges loved it, and they’ve been selling really well too,” Miss Jones said.

The pink-hued drink sparkles with strawberries and guava, and has inspired a few additions to the cafe’s menu.

“We’re making a new range of mocktails for when strawberries aren’t in season,” Miss Jones said.

RosieBlu owner Lynley Salisbury said she was very proud of the concoction her staff created.

“They’ve done an excellent job - it really is a taste of Bundaberg,” she said.

Juice Blends’ mocktail Pink Summer Crush placed second in the competition, and Fruit 2 Juice’s Ginger Twist came third.

The Waves’ Tropical Thunder cocktail was a hit with the judges, winning first place, followed by H2O Bar & Bistro’s Cane Fire, and Old Bundy Tavern’s Feeling Fresh.

The Waves food and beverage manager David Frost said the summery drink was equally as popular with patrons.

“We had to buy more cocktail glasses because we were selling so many,” he said.

The ginger beer, lime and guava-based blend is complemented by a dash of vodka and Cointreau, created by bar attendant Rebecca Loveday.

The Tropical Thunder cocktail has become a permanent fixture on The Waves’ menu.



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