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How to Win a Cocktail Competition the First Time with Ninon Fauvarque, la Queue du Coq Bar in Annecy
Episode 1065th March 2019 • Lush Life • Susan L. Schwartz
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It takes a lot of guts to enter a cocktail competition when you are new to the business. But thanks to a gently prodding and supportive mentor, our guest today Ninon Fauvarque from Annecy France entered the Havana Club Grand Prix. What’s the worst that could happen?

Bonjour, I’m Susan Schwartz, your drinking companion, and this is Lush Life Podcast, every week we are inspired to live life one cocktail at a time by the best in the industry.

Ninon never found out the worst because she ended up sweeping the awards and not only winning the Grand Prix but also taking home the First Sip and People’s Choice Awards that night.

How could this happen? She had just started bartending six months ago. I headed to Annecy to meet her in the bar Le Queue du Coq where her journey from bar back to competition winner transpired.

Our Cocktail of the Week is the Curvas - crafted by Ninon Fauvarque from La Queue du Coq bar in Annecy.


  • 65 ml Havana Club 7 Years Old
  • 10 ml Horchata
  • 5 ml orange & lime reduction
  • 15 ml spice-infused honey syrup (cinnamon, ginger and star anise)
  • 20 ml red bean aquafaba


Put everything in the shaker, dry shake. Fill with ice and shake. Double strain and serve up in a jicama glass.

You’ll find this recipe and all the cocktails of the week on, where you’ll also find all the ingredients in our shop

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