EAST COST FINALIST JULIO CABRERA

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JULIO CABRERA – MIAMI, FL

Julio Cabrera has worked for 26 years as a bartender in his native Cuba, Italy, Cancun and Miami. After passing the B.A.R program in New York in 2008, he successfully opened Sra. Martinez in Miami, where his award winning creations on the cocktail menu enabled the establishment to be named one of the best 100 American bars in 2012. With some other excellent bartenders he opened The Regent Cocktail Club in December, 2012 where he is Managing Partner.

Julio was GQ’s 2013 “Most Imaginative” Bartender. Without leaving the bar, Julio is making a dream come true: to be a professor of future generations of bartenders, teaching the Cantinero’s Legacy.

How has your background inspired your mixing style?

My background has inspired my mixing style, adding to my cocktails names, flavors and techniques from Cantineros style in Cuba.

Please tell us your inspiration for your winning Legacy cocktail?

My Legacy cocktail was inspired by “Rumberos”, Afro-Cubans settling in Santiago de Cuba in 1800’s who created La Rumba, a rhythm played and danced with the help of their favorite drinks: Ron Bacardi, Café and Chocolate (Cacao).

What is the significance of the name of your Legacy cocktail?

Bacardi has a mix of passion, rhythm and melody. Bacardi makes you dance. That’s why I say Bacardi is The Spirit Rumbero.

How did you prepare for the Legacy Showcase?

Nothing special, just being myself and doing what I do every night at the bar: shake, dance and sing.

What is your strategy to win the Legacy Final Competition?

Adding the Cantinero’s 6th sense

What can you tell us about your journey to the finals and what you’ve learned?

It has been an amazing experience where I’ve learned a lot of new details about the Bacardi family, their heritage and legacy as well as a better knowledge of the product’s quality.

What would you like your bartending peers to know about mixing with Bacardi?

That it’s important to use Bacardi in the majority of rum cocktails, mainly all Cuban classics, for its quality and tradition.

What advice can you offer to someone who might want to follow in your footsteps?

Be ready to work hard, be original and always give something extra.

Facundo Bacardi’s personal story and the legacy that BACARDI champions is to triumph over adversity. Is there anything that stood in the way of your path to being a Legacy finalist?

Same as Bacardi: born and raised in Cuba, forced to leave and live in exile, where I had to start from the bottom and overcome adversity to succeed.

“Rumbero”

Inspiration:

Rumba, cigar and rum. Chocolate and coffee, all part of our culture. Rum is music and it was born with the rumba, in the sugar cane plantations. Coffee is in our blood and the color of Mulatas Rumberas. I’m Rumbero of heart and a Cantinero for pride.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz.BACARDÍ Gold
  • 3/4 oz. Tempus Fugit Creme de Cacao a la vanille
  • 3/4 oz. Fresh squeeze Lime Juice
  • 1/4 oz. Noilly Prat Ambre Vermouth
  • 2 dashes Bittermens Coffee Bitters
  • A sprinkle of grated coffee on top

Preparation:

Shake all the ingredients with ice except the grated coffee and strain into a Cocktail glass. Grated coffee on top.