Tales of the Cocktail® Announces Competitors for Official United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) Piña Colada Competition

Tales of the Cocktail® is proud to announce the lineup of competitors for the United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) BACARDÍ Piña Colada Competition sponsored by BACARDÍ® Rum and In the Mix Magazine.

The competition will take place 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 22 at The Foundry (333 Saint Joseph St.) during the 2011 Tales of the Cocktail®, the premier cocktail and culinary festival that celebrates the history and culture of dining and drinking, held 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 will be re-mashed by some of the country’s best bartenders who will present new takes on this classic cocktail with one thing remaining the same – BACARDÍ – the rum this legendary cocktail was created with.

Eighteen competitors from USBG chapters across the country will try to shake their way to victory with their original BACARDÍ Piña Colada recipes.  Cocktails will be reviewed by an esteemed panel of technical and tasting judges who will select one “judges’ choice” champion of the Piña Colada, while the more than 400 attendees at the competition will cast their vote for the “people’s choice” winner.  Both champions will be announced at the competition on Friday, July 22.

The USBG will award each champion a one-of-a-kind trophy and the judge’s choice champion will receive a check for $1,500.00 and a spot at the World Cocktail Competition in Warsaw, Poland, compliments of USBG.

This year’s technical judges will include: USBG National President David Nepove, USBG National Past President Livio Lauro, and Best Technical Performance at the National 2009 USBG Cocktail Contest winner Ronaldo Colli.

This year’s tasting judges are: USBG Vice President Aaron Gregory Smith, BACARDI Rum Brand Master Juan Coronado, BACARDI Rum Brand Master David Cid, , BACARDI Rum Global Brand Ambassador David Corodoba, and Managing Editor of In the Mix Magazine Mike Raven.

This year’s finalists representing their respective USBG chapters and their cocktails include:

Atlanta Ava Kopieczek – Thaiwanese Breeze

Austin Bill Norris – My Thai Colada

Chicago Debbi Peek – No Passport Required

Cincinnati Joseph DeLuca – Escape

Connecticut Anthony DeSerio – PinaGuana Colada

Denver Adam Hodak – 25ème Heure

Hawaii Sam Treadway – Killer Fizz

Las Vegas Matt Meyers – Thai Pina Colada

Los Angeles Naomi Schimek – Havana Au Go Go

Miami Ezra Pattek – If You Like Making Love at Midnight

Milwaukee Katie Rose – Annapurna Colada

New Orleans Chris Hannah – Piña Cafe’Olait

New York Abigail Gullo – Dunes of the Cape

North Texas Chris Furtado – Caramelized Colada

Northern California Kate Bolton – Death in Paradise

Philadelphia Marc Yanga – Avec Plaisir P.C.

Phoenix Tyson Buhler – Cofresi’s Swizzle

St. Louis Justin Cardwell – The Pineapple White Wash

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