Winner Ran Duan of Woburn, MA to Advance to Global Legacy Competition in Sydney, Australia in May 2015
The United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) crowned Ran Duan of The Baldwin Bar at Sichuan Garden in Woburn, MA as the national finalist of the fifth annual USBG Legacy Cocktail Showcase sponsored by BACARDÍ rum in Miami Beach. Mr. Duan, who emerged from a field of nine national semi-finalists from across the country, winning with “Father’s Advice,” his innovative BACARDÍ Gold cocktail, will receive an all-expense paid trip to Sydney, Australia, and the opportunity to share his unique creation on the global stage as the United States representative in the BACARDÍ Global Legacy Cocktail Competition.
Cocktail: Father’s Advice
- 1 ½ parts BACARDÍ Gold Rum
- ½ parts Punt E Mes
- ½ parts Cardamaro
- ½ parts Amontillado Sherry Lustau
- ¼ parts Creme De Banana Giffard
- Combine all ingredients and stir for 45 seconds. Pour into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with an orange swath.
The USBG Legacy Cocktail Showcase Sponsored by BACARDĺ showcases the ‘best of the best’ in the cocktail trade, providing a stage from which participants can share their innovative creations. Participants are challenged to create the next generation of classic rum cocktails using BACARDĺ Superior or BACARDĺ Gold rum.
This year’s U.S. National Legacy Cocktail Showcase was judged by Chad Michael George, President of the Colorado chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild; Jim Meehan, award winning cocktail expert and renowned author; Naomi Levy, 2014 National Legacy Cocktail Winner and Willie Ramos, BACARDÍ Senior Brand Master.
“Duan’s winning cocktail and presentation embodies the irrepressible spirit of BACARDÍ, breaking traditional boundaries of cocktail creation and demonstrating the ability to sustain the test of time,” noted Arvind Krishnan, Vice President and Brand Managing Director for the rum category at Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. “We saw highly talented bartenders and inventive cocktails created this evening, and are excited to see Duan advance to represent the United States at the Global Legacy Cocktail Competition.”
Mr. Duan will advance to the Global Competition at the 2015 Legacy Global Cocktail Competition and will present in front of a judging panel representing some of the most influential experts of the international bartending and spirits community, which continues to grow in scale and prestige, with participants from 36 countries including the United States, Dubai, Finland, Latvia and Chile enlisted in 2015.
In 1862, Bacardi revolutionized the spirits industry when founder Don Facundo Bacardí Massó began producing his remarkable light-bodied, smooth rum. The unique taste of BACARDÍ inspired cocktail pioneers to invent some of the world’s most famous drink recipes including the Mojito, the Daiquirí, the Cuba Libre, the Piña Colada, and the Presidente. BACARDÍ Superior rum has won more than 550 awards for quality and taste making it the world’s most awarded rum. Today, BACARDÍ is produced in Puerto Rico, following the production legacy set forth by its founder and still crafted in a five-step distillation process, mellowed in American white oak barrels, and filtered five times for unparalleled quality and smoothness.
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