Campo de Encanto Wants an Apprentice and Bacardi Celebrates 150 Years

Bartenders: Love Encanto Pisco? Want to travel to Peru? Consider submitting a 2- to 3-minute YouTube video application for the "Search for the Distiller's Apprentice"! Campo de Encanto is looking for bartenders with honesty and integrity as well as great culinary technique. Applications will be judged by U.S. Bartenders' Guild President David Nepove. The deadline for video applications is Feb. 15. For more information, click here.

Southern Wine & Spirits is hosting the annual Shake It Up! creative cocktail competition at the 2012 Nightclub & Bar Conference and Trade Show, being held March 12-14 in Las Vegas. To enter, see contest rules and find the entry form at Bartenders lucky enough to have their cocktails chosen will be invited to Vegas to make their concoctions on stage during the conference for a chance to win $15,000 and a casting opportunity to participate as an expert in Spike TV's popular reality series, "Bar Rescue." Hurry: The deadline for submissions is Jan. 27!

Bartenders from 16 cities across the country came to The Dream Hotel in Manhattan, N.Y., to show off their twist on the Manhattan cocktail at the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience, but it was New York bartender Joann Spiegel of Mercury Bar West who took top honors. Below is her winning recipe.

Leaving ManhattanJoann Spiegel
Joann Spiegel, Mercury Bar West

2 oz. Woodford Reserve
1/2 oz.  Italian Vermouth (Punt E Mas)
1/4 oz. Dark Creme de Cacao
1/4 oz. Lapsang Smoked Tea Syrup (Brew tea and mix equal part tea and sugar)
2 dashes orange bitters
Garnish: Chocolate/orange-flavored stir stick wrapped with orange-peel spiral.

Chill a coupe glass. Place all ingredients except garnish in mixing
glass. Add ice and stir to chill. Strain into chilled glass. When
preparing garnish, peel orange spiral next to glass so essential oils
spray over glass and cocktail. Wrap spiral around chocolate stick and
rest garnish on the lip of the glass.

Throughout 2012, Bacardi Limited will host one-of-a-kind parties in honor of its 150th birthday. Parties around the world will feature award-winning musical talent, top celebrities and other movers and shakers who, alongside consumers, will wish Bacardi a happy birthday. Germany hosts the first party on Jan. 28, followed by Canada on Feb. 1, and the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East starting Feb. 4. Guests will celebrate with legendary Bacardi rum cocktails, including the Original Bacardi Cuba Libre, the Original Bacardi Daiquiri, the Authentic Bacardi Mojito and the Bacardi Pina Colada. Since its creation, Bacardi rum has been enjoyed in more than 365 billion cocktails.

The Coconut Mojito has been dubbed the signature cocktail of Naples, Fla. A contest was held at Stoney's Steakhouse, where more than 100 patrons were asked to vote for their favorite libation that "defined the city" from among six unique cocktails. Naples Originals, a group of 34 local restaurants, came up with the idea for the signature drink; while the Coconut Mojito is the winner, the cocktail will show up on drink menus all over this city as the Naples Original. The Basil Lemonade was the runner-up.


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