Angostura Bitters announced yesterday the winners of their 2011 North American Cocktail Challenge. The three bartenders who will move on to represent North America in the Global Cocktail Challenge are David Delaney Jr. (from Still & Stir in Worcester, MA), Rachel Ford (Empellon in New York, NY) and Ryan Maybee (The Rieger Hotel in Kansas City, MO).
Each of the bartenders in the competition had to create two unique drinks, one with Angostura and rum, and another with Angostura and the liquor of their own choosing. I'm singling out one of the recipes that sounds particularly tasty.
Five Island Fizz (created by David Delaney, Jr.)
1 1/2 oz. Angostura Rum
3/4 oz. Velvet Falernum
1/4 oz. Luxardo Maraschino
1/2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1 1/2 oz. Barrit’s Ginger Beer
5 dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters
Shake Rum, Falernum, Maraschino, and Lime with ice. Strain into an empty, pre-chilled Collins glass, top with 1 1/2 oz. of ginger beer. Add crushed ice and top with 5 dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters.
Garnish: Lime wheel wrapped around a brandied cherry.
I know what I'll be making this weekend. Congrats to all the winners!