Ran Duan Crowned National Finalist in USBG Legacy Cocktail Showcase
United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) crowned Ran Duan of The Baldwin Bar at Sichuan Garden in Woburn, MA as the national finalist of the fifth annual USBG Legacy Cocktail Showcase sponsored by BACARDÍ rum in Miami Beach. Duan will receive an all-expense paid trip to Sydney, Australia, and the opportunity to share his unique creation on the global stage as the United States representative in the BACARDÍ Global Legacy Cocktail Competition. Duan emerged from a field of nine national semi-finalists from across the country, winning with “Father’s Advice,” his innovative BACARDÍ Gold cocktail.
The USBG Legacy Cocktail Showcase Sponsored by BACARDĺ showcases the ‘best of the best’ in the cocktail trade, providing a stage from which participants can share their innovative creations. Participants are challenged to create the next generation of classic rum cocktails using BACARDĺ Superior or BACARDĺ Gold rum; drinks that will become as revered as the BACARDÍ Daiquirí and the BACARDÍ Mojito. Classic cocktails are defined by their balance, flavour, quality of ingredients and aesthetic appeal, as well as their enduring popularity and the story behind them.
This year’s U.S. National Legacy Cocktail Showcase was judged by Chad Michael George, President of the Colorado chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild; Jim Meehan, award winning cocktail expert and renowned author; Naomi Levy, 2014 National Legacy Cocktail Winner; Willie Ramos, BACARDÍ Senior Brand Master; and Juan Coronado, BACARDÍ Senior Brand Ambassador.
“Duan’s winning cocktail and presentation embodies the irrepressible spirit of BACARDÍ, breaking traditional boundaries of cocktail creation and demonstrating the ability to sustain the test of time,” noted Arvind Krishnan, Vice President and Brand Managing Director for the rum category at Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. “We saw highly talented bartenders and inventive cocktails created this evening, and are excited to see Duan advance to represent the United States at the Global Legacy Cocktail Competition.”
Ran Duan from the U.S. Showcase will advance to the Global Competition, and will present in front of a judging panel representing some of the most influential experts of the international bartending and spirits community. The Legacy Global Cocktail Competition continues to grow in scale and prestige, with participants from 36 countries including the United States, Dubai, Finland, Latvia and Chile enlisted in 2015, more than ever before. Only one will see their drink crowned as the 2015 BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail, to be honored alongside classics like the Original BACARDÍ Mojito, the Original BACARDÍ Daiquirí and the Original BACARDÍ Cuba Libre.
- 1 1/2 parts BACARDÍ Gold Rum
- 1/2 parts Punt E Mes
- 1/2 parts Cardamaro
- 1/2 parts Amontillado Sherry Lustau
- 1/4 parts Creme De Banana Giffard
Preparation: Combine all ingredients and stir for 45 seconds. Pour into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with an orange swath.
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