Bartenders Compete at Tales of the Cocktail PiA+-a Colada Competition

WHAT:  At Tales of the Cocktail, 18 of the country’s best bartenders from United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) chapters across the country (including one from New Orleans) will compete to shake their way to victory with their original BACARDÍ Piña Colada recipes that present a new take on the classic cocktail. Cocktails will be reviewed by an esteemed panel of technical and tasting judges who will select one “judges’ choice” champion of the Piña Colada, while more than 400 attendees will cast their vote for the “people’s choice” winner.  Both champions will be announced at the competition on Friday, July 22.

WHERE: The Foundry – 333 Saint Joseph Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

WHEN: Friday, July 22, 2011 at 7:30pm; media check-in begins promptly at 7:00pm (Tales of the Cocktail credentials approved for access)

Host: Dan Dunn, Author of “Living Loaded” and “The Imbiber” liquor columnist
Technical judges: USBG National President David Nepove; USBG National Past President Livio Lauro; and Best Technical Performance at the National 2009 USBG Cocktail Contest winner, Ronaldo Colli.
Tasting judges: USBG VP Aaron Gregory Smith; BACARDI Brand Master, Juan Coronado; BACARDI Brand Master, David Cid; BACARDI Global Brand Ambassador, David Corodoba; and Managing Editor of In the Mix Magazine, Mike Raven.
New York Competitor: Abigail Gullo

WHY: From humble beginnings at a hotel bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1954, the Piña Colada has become the flavor of the islands whether you’re on one or just wish you were. Now, this storied will be re-mashed by some of the country’s best bartenders who will present new takes on this classic cocktail. The USBG will award each champion a one-of-a-kind trophy and the judge’s choice champion will receive a check for $1,500 and a spot at the World Cocktail Competition in Warsaw, Poland.


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