Monday, January 31, 2011
Hello from Sunny Miami!
As a cocktail slinger, its been my pleasure and honor to be one of 3 semi-finalists from New York in the 2011 Bacardi Legacy cocktail competition. In between beach time and cocktails at the Florida Room, I will compete for the US title and a chance to compete in the International finals, which will be held in Spain. Yes. The goal of the competition is to create the next iconic Bacardi cocktail such as the Mojito, Dacquiri and the Rum & Coke. We were also asked to present the inspiration for the cocktail and its marketability.
The Grand Prize winner will get an all expenses paid trip to 5 major cities around the world to bartend (and get paid) at the top cocktail bar under their Master Mixologist. Along with that, Bacardi will create a global marketing campaign dedicated to the winning cocktail.
In 2010, I had it set in my mind that I was going to be traveling throughout 2011.
I wish my fellow competitors Rob Fuentevilla of both PainkillerNYC and Mayahuel and Brian Matthys of Compose Bar the best of luck as we represent New York and beyond.
I’ll post my cocktail and its inspiration after I win #GAME
For more info on the competition click: www.legacycocktail.com
And for an amazing collection of cocktail videos click: Bacardi True Originals
At your Service,
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
So I hosted a few Sunday afternoon dance parties call the Boogie Buffet along with Rain Bermudez here in Fort Green this past summer and for the finale I brought it back to the rooftop where I started...my place.
Heres a quick video of the production shot and edited by Rey Figueroa.
Boogie Buffet video
Check out the rest of the photos courtesy of +Snowflake photography
The Boogie Buffet facebook Album
Monday, August 23, 2010
I created this cocktail for the summer inspired by the people and the vibe of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. This also commemorates Spike Lee's collaboration with Absolut Vodka in creating the Absolut Brooklyn flavor. Sip and tell.
Cookin in Brooklyn-The Clinton Hill cocktail video
Enjoy and please feel free to leave a comment.
At your service,
Thursday, April 1, 2010
I'd like to share with you the first run of our new webisode project "Cookin in Brooklyn". We'll show you how to make our favorite dishes from around the world with quick and easy steps so you can make them at home and pair that with a delicious cocktail.
Cookin in Brooklyn-Green Papaya Salad and the Thai'd up Caipirinha
At your service,
Friday, March 5, 2010
So I was given the challenge to create a cocktail in the color black. This cocktail will be paired with an amuse bouche and showcased for the upcoming CMYK cocktail event (in conjunction with the Umami Festival). With such a complex color to work with I had to take my imagination for a dark stroll. This is my cocktail manifesto.
Concept for Cocktail Noir
It is a personal return to the color Black.
I see Sophistication & Fashion. I fantasize about the 80’s underground art scene and the lawless side of New York with its rebellious youth.
It was bad to be in Black.
When we go further in time,imagine Film Noir where there’s murder, mystery, intrigue, seduction, suspense and strife. Onscreen as the Vampires bite into their victims they open the gates to release this Black elixir of life lost and eternity regained.
There is beauty in the darkness of the shadows.
This cocktail represents those visions and each flavor represents a
condition when fused together creates a cinematic experience for the
Black Vodka* (sophistication/mystery in the color)
Sweet vermouth (seduction in the wine)
Blood orange (suspense in the citrus)
Black Pepper Syrup(strife in the spice)
Spray of Orange blossom water (is your first hint of intrigue)
* the “Blavod Vodka” is the only black vodka on the market. The vodkas unique black color derives from Black Catechu, extracts from the heartwood of Burmese catechu acacia trees. Such additives reportedly don't interfere with the characteristics of the vodka, adding no additional flavor or odor. Catechu also doesn't stain nor leave a trace of other flavours although does smooth out the vodka.
At your service,