I judged a competition at the WSWA convention of recipes submitted by brand representatives. You gotta see some of these garnishes.
On June 13, Mission bar Asiento hosted the San Francisco regionals of the Disaronno Mixing Star challenge. Five bartenders from the day will have drinks go into the next round in consideration to be published in a print book by Simon Difford.
This year's Disaronno Mixing Star contest is less of a contest than usual, though there is still a casual challenge resulting in increased visibility/promotion for the entering bartenders, and one person from each of the nine countries will be invited to a to special event to present their cocktail to a wider audience. Simon Difford of Diffordsguide in the UK is taking the lead on this, but as I'm helping to judge the San Francisco regionals, here is some more information fine-tuned for the US competitors. How is Works In the US, there are five regions, each hosting a masterclass...
The convention is a meeting of the second tier of the three tier system: the distributors who buy from the producers and sell to either bars or liquor stores as required by US law.
I helped judge the Angostura rum/bitters Global Cocktail Challenge regionals in San Francisco last week, alongside Smuggler's Cove owner Martin Cate and Angostura brand ambassador David Delaney. Here's what happened.