“Pink Your Drink” Finalists Selected
It was a long night of tasting, shaking and deliberations and the results are in. This year has seen a big difference from years passed, a man has made it into an honorary position this year competing for a lady currently fighting cancer.
London finals will be held on October 6th, New York finals on October 12th and Sweden/Norway finals on October 29th in Stockholm.
Here below is the complete list of the finalists– the debate was intense.
Lauren Parton – Illinois
Franky Marshall – NY
Sylvia Tzekas – FL
Sarah Akromas – NY
James Menite – NY
Rebecca Monday – OH
Paula Lukas – NY
Julia Hughes – NY
Liz Pearce – IL
“My long term goal is to grow PYD into a global female support group to inspire, mentor and even provide financial ‘angels’ for business start-ups, pro-bono work, etc for other wannabe female entrepreneurs,” says Ylva Binder. “Rhuby was one of the first to drive the female only platform forward and we are proud to continue growing it.”
The first competition kicked off during London Cocktail Week at Raymond Blanc’s London Cocktail Club, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 2012 and the 2013 event was held in Stockholm. This year’s event will be hosted in USA, Sweden and the UK simultaneously. The competition will be touring the USA, to not only create awareness around the event, but also introduce the Rhuby brand to the US market. This year’s judges are to include Gary Regan, Simon Ford, Ivy Mix, Sean Muldoon, Jolene Cadwell and Sarah Mitchell.
High profile female guardians, who have made a huge impact in the drinks industry, have also been selected to support this year’s event. Guardians for PYD 2014 include:
Ann Tuennerman – Founder of Tales Of The Cocktail (USA)
Kayleigh Kulp – Author and blogger of www.BoozeforBabes.com (USA)
Jaclyn Foley – Founder and publisher of Bartender Magazine (USA)
Christine Deussen – Founder Deussen PR (spirits PR Global)
Sandrae Lawrence – Founder of Cocktail Lovers (UK)
Lynnette Marrero – Head of LUPEC and founder Speed-Rack (USA)
Rhuby, of course, maintains a close relationship with the finalists after the competition. Past finalists have not only become judges in future competitions, but also get the opportunity to become brand ambassadors for Rhuby. The winner of each competition also wins a trip to Rhuby’s homeland – Sweden – to see how the liqueur is made.
In conjunction with the competition the PYD team has evolved the PINK THE BAR and PINK THE MENU concept allowing venues to partake and create specific menus to drive awareness and funding throughout the month of October.
About Pink Your Drink 2014
Pink Your Drink (PYD) is a charity that supports the Pink Ribbon and female entrepreneurs, as well as an all-female bartender competition. PYD was created in 2011 by Rhuby Liqueur’s founder and owner Ylva Binder who is taking the competition, now in its third year, to the US.
Visit www.Rhuby.se for full write-ups on cocktails and the finalists and how they got on in the competition.