Friday, July 17, 2015

Celebrity Bartender Wins Diageo Reserve World Class Bartending Competition

Santos Mercedes Enriquez, a senior bartender aboard Celebrity Equinox, rose above 5,500 other cruise line bartenders from three lines to win the title.

The finals were held last week at the Diageo 396 Bar in Miami.

The competition is judged by a panel of experts, including a former winner. The contestants are judged on various aspects of their craft, showmanship, creativity and bartending knowledge.

Enriquez won with his signature cocktail, “Violetta Falernum” in which he used Tanqueray No. Ten Gin. The recipe is below:

Santos Mercedes Enriquez
The 'Violetta Falernum'

1 oz fresh lime juice
3/4 oz rich sugar syrup
1/2 oz egg white
1 1/2 oz Tanqueray® No. Ten Gin
1/2 velvet falernum
1 bar spoon of creme de Yvette
A dash of Peychaud's bitter

Put all the ingredients into a shaker and give it a dry shake first to emulsify the cocktail, then add the ice and shake it again, double strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Coupe glass

3 drops of Angostura bitters on top of the drink

Please drink responsibly.

The complete article appeared in the July 17 edition of Cruise News Daily.