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USBG Legacy Cocktail Showcase Finals Sponsored by Bacardi 2015

USBG Legacy Cocktail Showcase Finals Sponsored by BacardiTuesday, February 24, 8pm-11pm - The Temple House at 1415 Euclid Avenue, Miami Beach

The story of BACARDÍ has lived on for over 100 years through the legend of the bartender. The BACARDÍ Global Legacy Cocktail Competition allows top mixologists to share their bar legacy and adventures infused by BACARDÍ.

The United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) crowned Ran Duan of The Baldwin Bar at Sichuan Garden in Woburn, MA as the national finalist of the fifth annual USBG Legacy Cocktail Showcase sponsored by BACARDÍ rum in Miami Beach. Duan will receive an all-expense paid trip to Sydney, Australia, and the opportunity to share his unique creation on the global stage as the United States representative in the BACARDÍ Global Legacy Cocktail Competition. Duan emerged from a field of nine national semi-finalists from across the country, winning with “Father’s Advice,” his innovative BACARDÍ Gold cocktail.

“Duan’s winning cocktail and presentation embodies the irrepressible spirit of BACARDÍ, breaking traditional boundaries of cocktail creation and demonstrating the ability to sustain the test of time,” noted Arvind Krishnan, Vice President and Brand Managing Director for the rum category at Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. “We saw highly talented bartenders and inventive cocktails created this evening, and are excited to see Duan advance to represent the United States at the Global Legacy Cocktail Competition.”

BACARDĺ’s premiere sponsorship and superb staff draped the Temple House with hospitality, bites and fresh BACARDÍ cocktails. The timed bartender challenges entertained a packed house and the live entertainment breaks left attendees with plenty of BACARDÍ Gold opportunities to refresh a drink.

The USBG Legacy Cocktail Showcase Sponsored by BACARDĺ showcases the ‘best of the best’ in the cocktail trade, providing a stage from which participants can share their innovative creations. Participants are challenged to create the next generation of classic rum cocktails using BACARDĺ Superior or BACARDĺ Gold rum; drinks that will become as revered as the BACARDÍ Daiquirí and the BACARDÍ Mojito. Classic cocktails are defined by their balance, flavour, quality of ingredients and aesthetic appeal, as well as their enduring popularity and the story behind them.

As each bartender appeared on the bar stage, the hosts assured that everyone was able to receive a sample of each entry cocktail. Andrew Meltzer’s Cuban Cobbler was a Sherry delight, mixed with sweet and fresh and a pear slice lining. Rum Pleasure was served by Marine Corps veteran Joe Frade as a frothy blend of a banana, citrus-zest cocktail that was irresistible.

Serving the Rumba-inspired Rumbero, Julio Cabrera from Miami proudly presented a perfect blend of cacao, vanilla and a coffee twist. Another Miami contestant, Trevor Alberts, demonstrated the art of the swizzle and the flavor of herbal bitters, pineapple and other spices in International Expansion Swizzle.

This year’s U.S. National Legacy Cocktail Showcase was judged by Chad Michael George, President of the Colorado chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild; Jim Meehan, award winning cocktail expert and renowned author; Naomi Levy, 2014 National Legacy Cocktail Winner; Willie Ramos, BACARDÍ Senior Brand Master; and Juan Coronado, BACARDÍ Senior Brand Ambassador. The Legacy Global Cocktail Competition continues to grow in scale and prestige, with participants from 36 countries including the United States, Dubai, Finland, Latvia and Chile. Only one will see their drink crowned as the 2015 BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail, to be honored alongside BACARDÍ classics.

Cocktail: Father’s Advice

  • 1 ½ parts BACARDÍ Gold Rum
  • ½ parts Punt E Mes
  • ½ parts Cardamaro
  • ½ parts Amontillado Sherry Lustau
  • ¼ parts Creme De Banana Giffard

Method: Combine all ingredients and stir for 45 seconds. Pour into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with an orange swath.

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