On Wednesday, May 23rd, the winner of the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® World’s Most Imaginative Bartender competition was announced at an event held in Morocco for professional bartenders, hosted by Bombay Sapphire gin. The bartenders took part in a four-day experience, visiting the Moroccan home of one of the Bombay Sapphire botanicals – coriander – and exploring the world of the historic gin. David Wolowidnyk was a worthy winner, adding his own unique flair and style to his cocktail, the Beldi.
In addition to receiving the “Bombay Sapphire World’s Most Imaginative Bartender” title, David also earned a place in the Bombay Sapphire Cocktail Hall of Fame, partaking in various duties, including attending the 2013 opening of the new Bombay Sapphire distillery at Laverstoke Mill in England and becoming part of the Bombay Sapphire World’s Most Imaginative Bartender judging panel for next year’s competition. To read more and see Wolowidnyk’s award winning recipe, click here.
For Steven Sheehan, the San Jose bartender who won the Palm Springs Summer Splash Cocktail Challenge, bartending is really just a side job. He’s teaches English as a second language and is currently a University of San Francisco student studying organizational behavior and leadership. Bartending, which he’s been doing for the last 12 years, is just a way to get him through school, but at the end of May, he found himself representing San Jose and Brix Nightclub with his own creation at the Palm Springs Summer Splash Cocktail Challenge. To find out more, click here.
After months of searching for the nation’s best talent behind the bar, local Santa Fe mixologist, Alexander Velez, has been selected to compete against 19 of his peers in the USBG and Diageo World Class U.S. Finale. On June 19th, Alex will travel to New York City where his culinary creativity and mixology craftsmanship will be put to the test in four challenges judged by the world’s top cocktail luminaries. The overall winner will be named the first ever World Class U.S. Ambassador and will journey to Brazil in July to compete against 47 international bartenders for a chance to become the Diageo World Class Global Ambassador. For more information, click here.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) announced the results of the annual Ultimate Cocktail Challenge (UCC) held at Astor Center in New York City, June 4 – 8, 2012. Ultimate Cocktail Challenge encompasses two distinct competitions – Classic Cocktail Challenge and Signature Cocktail Challenge. Hundreds of cocktails were tasted and rated over the course of the week to determine which brands would be awarded the coveted Chairman’s Trophy for the top-performing spirits. Ultimate Cocktail Challenge results, which are provided by the foremost cocktail authorities, give reliable recommendations for purchasing decisions. To find out more, click here.