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Angostura International Cocktail Competitors 2014 Highlights

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Angostura International Cocktail Competitors 2014

The reminiscences stay contemporary in my thoughts after witnessing certainly one of most interesting, if not the last word, rum cocktail competitors recognized. Simply over per week in the past, 11 finalists, every representing the best of their craft, from around the globe, descended upon Trinidad. Their function? To compete within the extremely acclaimed Angostura International Cocktail Competitors for $10,000 USD and a two 12 months contract as Angostura’s International Model Ambassador. Their showmanship and cocktail mastery could also be finest captured of their cocktail’s aromas and flavors whereas experiencing the present from behind the bar. Whereas this isn’t at all times attainable, a collection of photographs highlighting the play-by-play motion affords a teaser to and recap of the quantity of superior that went down, fairly actually at Aria. Let’s have a look!

First up is James ‘Sugarfoot’ Goggin of New Zealand!

Not a straightforward place being first, however this was a formidable begin for positive. 

Left to Proper: Down the Islands (Rum) & Elementary (Freestyle) 
Every competitor needed to current two unique cocktails containing Angostura Bitters. One cocktail could embody a base spirit of alternative (Freestyle) whereas the second required use of an Angostura Rum (Rum). Moreover, two of every cocktail needed to be ready for submission to the panel of judges inside seven minutes! 

 Subsequent up, Rohan Hackshaw of Barbados!

How about that lovely zest?!

Passionate Thyme (Freestyle)

Third in line, was Mike Tomasic of Australia!

Muscatel clusters & tobacco leaves oh my!

Olympia (Freestyle)
Massive Fowl (Rum)

How a couple of take a look at the Judges!

Left to Proper: Daniyel Jones, Ian Burrell, Julie Reiner, Philip Duff & Carol Homer-Caesar

Subsequent up, Nazar Makarov of Russia!

A superb efficiency set to music with aptitude bartending and extra…

Rum Story (Rum)

…like ristretto espresso, marchpan syrup and 100% cocoa. Yum!

Tiramisu (Freestyle)

fifth in line and representing the USA was Yani M Frye!

He really made 4 totally different cocktails representing sequential levels of attraction between two individuals; shaking 4 abruptly! Oh, and this was underneath the seven minute restrict!!

The Morning After, The Room Key, Lasting Impression (Freestyle) & A Kiss Goodbye (Rum)

Getting thirsty but?

Subsequent up, Barbaro Giraldes Portieles of Cuba!

Don Portieles (Freestyle) & Trinidad Farandula (Rum)

Admittedly, I used to be not capable of style all of them, however I did occur to style a number of in between some superb appetizers compliments of Aria. Scrumptious!

Subsequent up was Panagiotis Giovanis of Greece!

Fireplace it up!

Left to Proper: Protected Home (Rum) & Scarlet Ibis (Freestyle)

Subsequent up, Shane Mulvany of Canada!

Elegant presentation with a butterfly garnish…

Kiss of the Butterfly (Rum)

Mate Csaltos of the UK!

Inventive type and charisma!

Stunning Yr (Rum)

Subsequent up, Denzel Heath of South Africa!

Wolverine? Maybe, and a finely dressed one I’ll add.

Ribe’s Cobbler (Rum)

 It’s superb listening to the tales behind the components used, not to mention the eye to element that goes into executing the weather of every cocktail. What a present!

Final up, Kester Blake of Trinidad and Tobago!

This man can shake it!

Calypso Rose (Freestyle)

The judges fastidiously deliberated and winners had been introduced. The professionalism and comradeship of the rivals had been admirable. 

And the winners are….

Left to Proper: Mate Csaltos, Michael Tomasic and Nazar Makarov

Grand Prize: Michael Tomasic – Freestyle Cocktail “Olympia” winner
2nd Place: Nazar Makarov – Rum Cocktail  “Rum Story” winner
third Place: Mate Csaltos

Congratulations to all of the winners!!!

Angostura CEO Mr. Robert Wong & Grand Prize Winner Michael Tomasic

Afterparty!!

All 11 Finalists and the beautiful Giselle Laronde-West

Cheers!!!

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