Bacardi Legacy Competition 2016 - Seattle Battle

Bartending is more than a job, it is a career and passion for many. One way that bartenders flex their creative muscles is by participating in cocktail competitions. You might remember that I participated in Bombay Sapphire's Most Imaginative Bartender competition earlier in 2016 with my cocktail recipe Par La Racine

One of the legendary international competitions is Bacardi Legacy. I had the honor to participate and compete amongst some of the best and brightest in the Pacific Northwest. Other semifinal cities include: Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Dallas, Kansas City, Chicago, Boston, New York, Washington DC, New Orleans, and Miami

How it works:

  • First, recipes are submitted online and finalists are invited to the nearest regional finals (for me, this was Seattle, Washington)
  • Regional Finalists present their recipes to 3 judges (judges were a rep from USBG, Bacardi, and a local influencer)
  • The presentation is timed (3 minutes setup, 7 minutes to present, and 6 minutes to clean up and judges can ask questions)
  • The competition was streamed live on Facebook with spotlights (not scary at all, hah)
  • Competitors had 7 minutes to make 4 cocktails
  • Cocktails were judged by several factors: Name, technical skills/flair, appearance, aroma/balance of flavor, ingenuity & innovation, inspiration & story behind the recipe, drinkability, and product knowledge
  • Semifinalists will go on to compete nationally, and 2 finalists will go on to compete in the global finals

In our competition, there was such a close score between the top 2 scoring bartenders, that there was a daiquiri-off round which was finally awarded to Cameron George of Barrio in Seattle, Washington. These events are fun, stressful, and entertaining all at the same time. My absolute favorite part is by pushing myself and learning from other influential bartenders in the industry.

Congrats to all the U.S. Finalists: 

Check out last year's winner: Gn Chan

 

 
 
 

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Kale Fajitas

Spending time with my nieces and nephews definitely changes my eating habits, and trying to get in all my servings of fruits and veggies can be a challenge. I came up with this family friendly recipe that even the picky eaters enjoyed!

 

 

Ingredients:

Organic Grassfed ground beef

1 Yellow Onion (cut in strips)

2 Red Bell Peppers (cut in strips)

1 Bunch Lacinato Kale (remove stems, chop)

Tortillas (Gluten Free corn or Flour)

Seasoning Mix: sea salt, black pepper, cumin, dried oregano, smoked paprika

Optional toppings: cheese, guacamole, sour cream, hot sauce, diced tomatoes

Directions: 

Slice onions and bell peppers into long strips, and sautée in large pan until beginning to wilt. Add ground beef, and stir until browned and cooked completely. Add seasoning mix and 2 tbsp of water. Add chopped kale for the last 2 minutes, and the steam from adding the water will cook it down quickly. Serve on tortillas with toppings of your choosing. Great with steamed rice!