Following a series of qualifying rounds, Angostura hosted their Global Cocktail Competition in Trinidad to crown this year’s mixology grand champion.
Mixologists from the US, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Russia, China, South Africa, Malaysia, India, South America, the Caribbean and Trinidad and Tobago gathered in Port of Spain earlier this month for the final round of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge.
An all-star judging panel was assembled for the event including American celebrity mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim, Hine Cognac Cellar Master Eric Forget, Master Mixologist Jacob Briars, Executive Director Technical Operations at Angostura, Vidia Persad-Doodnath and 2011 Angostura cocktail champion winner Andy Griffiths. They were faced with the challenging task of scoring all 30 original cocktails to find the new mixology champion and the competition was said to have been closest they’d ever witnessed.
Each contestant was asked to create two original cocktails, one for the rum category and one for the freestyle category. The cocktails were sampled by each of the judges and awarded points for Appearance, Aroma, Taste and Presentation.
When the dust settled, American mixologist David Delaney Jr. was the winner of the freestyle category and overall 2012 contest champion. He took home a $10,000 prize and a year-long contract as Angostura’s Global Brand Ambassador. Second place, and winner of the rum cocktail category, went to Rikki Carter from New Zealand with Jamaal Bowen from the Caribbean (Barbados) placing third.
Vidia Persad-Doodnath commented on this year’s event: “Now in its 5th year, the competition gets tougher every year and 2012 was no exception. The creativity and technical ability from our finalists was very impressive. It was a very close final but in the end David was crowned the winner.“
Alex Thomas, Senior Manger of Sales and Marketing for the Americas, also commented: “This 2012 Cocktail Challenge is by far the largest in the history of the competition. With 15 mixologists spanning the globe, we have definitely created some hype and excitement about the brand. We are certain the word will spread and the 2013 competition will be an even bigger event”.
The winner David Delaney Jr. said: “This has been such an amazing experience for me. To compete against some of the world’s best mixologists is a real honour, the competition was fierce. I’m really looking forward to the year ahead as Brand Ambassador for Angostura and teaching people about the uniqueness of this amazing brand.”
Five Island Fizz (winner of the rum cocktail category)
1 ½ oz Angostura 5 Year Gold Rum
¾ oz Velvet Falernum
½ oz Fresh squeezed lime juice
¼ oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
1 ½ oz Ginger Beer
5 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters