The InterContinental Top Shelf Cocktail Competition finale concluded at BacardiÂ Headquarters, where six finalists competed head-to-head in hopes of having their cocktail become part of the Signature Cocktail menu of all InterContinental North America properties.
Since August, mixologists from InterContinental Hotels & Resorts properties have been creating an InterContinental cocktail that is reflective of that hotelâ€™s destination and one seasonal cocktail using springtime ingredients. After an initial judging phase the field has been narrowed down to mixologists from six properties, including: Boston, Miami, New York Times Square, San Juan, Toronto Centre and Presidente InterContinental Cozumel.
InterContinental San Juan andÂ Jaders CalcaÃ±oâ€™s â€œCoqui Nite Capâ€Â was the winning cocktail determined by a panel of three judges. The Puerto Rican head mixologist created two cocktails including one seasonal cocktail using in-season ingredients (Continental Coco Berry) and one cocktail reflective of San Juan (Coqui Nite Cap). In addition to having his cocktail added to the Signature Cocktail menu, Jaders CalcaÃ±oÂ will receive a three-night stay plus airfare for two, to any of North Americas InterContinental properties of his choice.
Jaders CalcaÃ±oâ€™s â€œCoqui Nite Cap Cocktailâ€ Recipe:
Â· 2 oz. BACARDÃ 8
Â· 1 oz. Coconut water
Â· 1 oz. Pineapple juice
Â· 3 drops Cardamom Bitters
Â· 1 Lemon peel
Â· Mist of Hickory Smoke Syrup
1. Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes
2. Shake well and double strain in a rock glass over ice