Angostura Brings World’s Best Mixologists to Compete in T&T

How often do we take in what a bartender actually does? And when I say bartender, I mean that guy who flairs that cocktail, who spends hours perfecting the perfect cocktail for your enjoyment.

Throw in the House of Angostura in Laventille in Trinidad & Tobago, and twelve of the best in the world, YES WORLD, come together and one bartender stands the chance to walk away with US $10 000, and the title of Global Brand Ambassador. How incredible does that not sound?

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The fella in the above pic, he goes by Dino. I have been lucky to taste some of the creations he has conjured up. Using the crazy side of life to come up with something unique is all kinds of amazing to see, taste & hear him talk about… Not only is he pretty, as my friend Tumi once (more than once) said, he also happens to be a local boy who has made it into the top 12 of this challenge. From our side here, we wish Dino best of luck for this Sunday’s challenge.

All the details you need on this incredible competition below

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad: On Carnival Sunday February 7, 2016, twelve of the world’s finest bartenders will compete for a grand prize of US$10,000 and the prestigious title of Angostura® Global Brand Ambassador in the 8th edition of the Angostura® Global Cocktail Challenge!

Each finalist has survived the fierce rivalry of the early rounds of the Challenge, in which 287 participants, drawn from 900 entrants, competed from 36 countries. Only the best of the best have made it to T&T!

Now, in the final round from which only one true champion can emerge, the contestants must make two cocktails in just seven minutes: A “Freestyle Cocktail” which must feature ANGOSTURA® orange bitters combined with any type of alcohol, and a “Rum Cocktail” made with one or more of Angostura’s® International rums and ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters.

The overall winner will receive the Angostura® Global Cocktail Challenge Trophy and the coveted title of “Angostura® 2016 Global Cocktail Challenge (AGCC) Champion,” which includes a two-year contract as the Angostura Global Brand Ambassador for ANGOSTURA® Bitters, Angostura® Rums and Amaro di Angostura®. Individual trophies will also be awarded for the “Best Rum Cocktail” and the “Best Freestyle Cocktail.”

Judging the competition will be a world famous panel led by renowned drinks personality, author and leading mixologist, Jeff “Beach Bum” Berry, who was named one of the “25 Most Influential Cocktail Personalities of the Past Century” by Imbibe magazine. Other members of the panel include celebrated chef Kathy Kasey, who is listed as one of 25 “hot new American Chefs” by Food & Wine magazine; London-based world renowned career bartender, Esther Medina Cuesta; Australia’s Michael Tomasic, winner of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge 2014, and; Carol Homer, Senior Manager – Quality Assurance, at Angostura Limited. Cocktails will be judged on the taste of the drink, presentation, appearance and aroma.

The 12 finalists include Neal Ramdhan of Trinidad and Tobago, Cameron Attfield of New Zealand, James Irvine of Australia, Daniel Vestman Erikkson of Sweden, Manachain Monaghan of the UK, Seo Yong Won of South Korea, Matheus de Freitas Cunha of Brazil, Jonathan Strokowski Ross of Canada, Nikita Khlopyanov of Russia, Dino Jose Batista of South Africa, Paul Peterson of St. Maarten and Elizabeth Mickiewicz of the USA.

The competition will be held at The House of Angostura in Laventille.

GOOD LUCK DINO, WE’RE ROOTING FOR YOU!!

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