Tales of the Cocktail® Announces Official United States Bartenders Guild BACARDI® Piña Colada Competition
Sponsored by BACARDI Rums and In the Mix Magazine
March 31, 2011 – New Orleans – Tales of the Cocktail® is proud to announce the United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) BACARDI® Piña Colada Competition sponsored by BACARDI® Rum and In the Mix Magazine at the Tales of the Cocktail®, the premier cocktail and culinary festival that celebrates the history and culture of dining and drinking in New Orleans July 20 to 24, 2011.
From humble beginnings at a hotel bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1954, the Piña Colada has become the flavor of the islands whether you’re on one or just wish you were. Now, this storied drink will be turned over to the world’s best bartenders at the USBG BACARDI Piña Colada Cocktail Competition. They’ll take to their bar tools to shake up new takes on this classic cocktail with one thing remaining the same – BACARDI – the rum this legendary cocktail was created with. The prize: title as champion of the Piña Colada and a spot at the World Cocktail Competition in Warsaw, Poland, compliments of USBG.
“The Piña Colada, as we know it, is about to get a makeover. Given the depth of talent in the Competition this year, I am certain we will be both entertained and amazed at the submissions,” said Paul G. Tuennerman, co-founder, Tales of the Cocktail.
The USBG BACARDI Piña Colada Competition at Tales of the Cocktail will be held in New Orleans on Friday, July 22 starting at 7:30 p.m. This year’s cocktail competition will have USBG chapter members from across the country shaking their way to victory as 18 chapter members compete against each other with their original Piña Coladas.
All USBG members are encouraged to enter their original recipe at www.TalesoftheCocktail.com through April 8, 2011. A preliminary group of judges, consisting of members from USBG National and Tales of the Cocktail, will vote for the best recipe per chapter. One representative from each chapter will then be flown to New Orleans, courtesy of USBG, to compete in the final competition.
In New Orleans, the 18 participating USBG chapter winners will compete at the USBG BACARDI Piña Colada Competition. Each competitor will be evaluated on appearance, aroma, taste, creativity and the overall appeal of their cocktail. An esteemed group of judges will select the overall competition winner and all cocktail enthusiasts attending the main event will have the chance to cast their ballot for the “People’s Choice” winner.
Both champions will be announced and awarded on Friday, July 22, 2011. Each champion will receive a one-of-a-kind trophy, and the judge’s choice champion will receive a check for $1,500.00 and earn a spot at the World Cocktail Competition in Warsaw, Poland, compliments of USBG.
2011 Participating USBG Chapters:
Atlanta ● Austin ● Chicago ● Cincinnati ● Connecticut ● Denver ● Hawaii ● Las Vegas ● Los Angeles ● Miami ● Milwaukee ● New Orleans ● New York ● North California ● North Texas ● Philadelphia ● Phoenix ● St. Louis