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Brugal Battle

The first-ever Brugal Battle Cocktail Competition was held in Philadelphia last week to the delight of a crowd of thirsty rum enthusiasts.  Get the results right here.


The top bartenders from across the city of Philadelphia came together at Mad River Bar last week for a rum-centric cocktail competition held by Brugal Rum of the Dominican Republic.

The Brugal Battle was split into two rounds.  The first challenged participants to put a new spin on old classics (Mai Tai, Mojito or Hurricane) using Brugal Anejo Rum.  The second round gave bartenders a chance to get creative and build an original drink using Brugal.  All drinks were scored on presentation, palate and speed.

After nearly three hours of competition the judging panel tallied their scores, debated the results and awarded cash, prizes and bragging rights to the top three bartenders.

In the end, Colin Shearn of Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co. took home 3rd place.  Marc Yanga for Liberte at the Sofitel came in 2nd and Andres Sanchez of Positano Coast won 1st place.

Congratulations to the winners!

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Here’s a look at some of the action by Drink Philly.