Marie Brizard USA Cocktail Challenge and Hand-Shaken DaiquirA- Competition Winners Announced

Ron Fortuna Wins Gold in Two Major Spirits Competitions

Berniko, LLC has announced the arrival of the newest addition to their portfolio: Fortuna  -- Ron Reserva Exclusiva - 8YO. Released in February of 2012, Fortuna quickly gained a steady following among spirit drinkers everywhere. Ron Fortuna ranked Gold with 92 points as the "BEST BUY" from the Beverage Testing Institute, surpassing well-established and highly esteemed rums such as Don Q Grand Anejo, Ron Barcelo Imperial, and Bacardi 8YO. As if that was not enough, Fortuna also earned Gold at the 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. To read more CLICK HERE.

Distilled Spirits Council and Mexican Tequila Chamber Host Tequila Panel and Tasting

More than 100 media and industry trade representatives attended a Tequila panel discussion and exclusive tasting event yesterday sponsored by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) and the Mexican National Chamber for the Tequila Industry (CNIT) during the Annual Tales of the Cocktail event in New Orleans. To find out more about the event CLICK HERE.


The Winner of the Marie Brizard USA Cocktail Challenge Finals is… Miami’s Robert Montero of Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, with his winning cocktail, “Sunny Crusta!” Robert received a cash prize of $1,000 and a complimentary trip to represent the U.S. this November in the 30th annual Marie Brizard International Bartender Seminar and Competition in Bordeaux, France where he will be competing against top mixologists and bartenders from across the world who will all be preparing their original Marie Brizard cocktail to be sampled and judged by an expert panel. To read more CLICK HERE.

Hendrick's Gin Brand Ambassador Jim Ryan Named Best American Brand Ambassador

The most delightfully curious Hendrick's Gin is proud to announce that its Brand Ambassador, Jim Ryan, won the 2012 Spirited Award® for Best American Brand Ambassador as part of the 10th Annual Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award® which took place this past Saturday evening.

The Best American Brand Ambassador award recognizes the importance of personality in the promotion of drinks brands and their creative use of brand communication to engage the trade and their ability to execute compelling education and seminars. This person must be working as an Ambassador full time in the USA and not be working behind the bar. To read more CLICK HERE.

Caorunn Gin Master Simon Buley (R) presents Leslie Ross (L) from Houston, Texas as the winner in the US Finals of the Caorunn Gin Storytellers Global Cocktail Competition held at Tales of the Cocktail 2012 in New Orleans. Leslie won for her beer cocktail, The Moorish Idol, made with Caorunn Gin, fresh pressed apple juice, Heather Honey, Pimm's No1 and a float of Bewdog Dogma ale. She will represent the U.S. in the Global Final in Edinburgh, Scotland at Bramble Bar September 3rd, 2012.


The United States Bartenders' Guild (USBG) Hand-Shaken Daiquirí Competition, sponsored by BACARDÍ rum and in the Mix Magazine, event challenged 12 of the world's best bartenders from across the country to create an original version of a hand-shaken Daiquirí recipe.

Hand-Shaken Daiquiri Champion Winners:
1st Place Judges' Choice – Christopher Sinclair from Sacramento created the "Hot Havana Nostalgia" and received a one-of-a-kind trophy, along with a check for $1,500. "Hot Havana Nostalgia" was praised for its dynamic flavor and loyalty to true Daiquirí form.

1st Place People's Choice – Travis Tober from Austin created the "Ode to Hemingway" which received the majority vote of the 500 attendees at the competition and a one-of-a-kind trophy to commemorate the win. Travis's cocktail was applauded for its unique presentation -- the Hemingway-inspired cocktail was perfectly paired with key lime juice and homemade ginger and peppercorn syrup mixed with cherry bitters to create an ultimate flavor experience.

Trinchero Family Estates Adds Spirits to its Growing Portfolio

On National Tequila Day, Trinchero Family Estates (TFE), the Napa Valley-based, leading family-owned wine company known for its distinct wine brands such as Trinchero Napa Valley, Ménage à Trois, Napa Cellars, and Sutter Home, announced the addition of CRUZ Tequila to its portfolio. 

CRUZ Tequila was developed in 2005 by three graduates of Arizona State University – Todd Nelson and brothers Saulo and Joseph Pep Katcher, both of whom were born and whose family has deep roots in Jalisco, Mexico. To find out more CLICK HERE.




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