on 16/09/11 at 9:53 amBooze News
On Monday, Sept. 12, 46 of the top mixologists from the United States and Canada, each of them having already proven themselves as their hometown’s mixology master, showcased their talents in Las Vegas as part of the USBG Bartender Summit sponsored by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE(R) and GQ Magazine. After two days of meticulous cocktail-making, the USBG announced Denver’s Bryan Dayton as the nation’s “Most Inspired Bartender.” Dayton, styled by chic British design label Ted Baker London, will be featured both inside and on a special edition cover of GQ Magazine’s December 2011 Men of the Year issue alongside his signature cocktail, the East Aspen Heights.
Now in its fifth year, the “Most Inspired Bartender” program traveled to more than 40 U.S. cities and four Canadian cities to attract the highest caliber of talent to attend the Las Vegas Bartender Summit. Not only was title of nation’s “Most Inspired Bartender” at stake, but the search now expands overseas to identify the first internationally recognized leader in bartending. This newly appointed global recognition program has encouraged mixologists everywhere to push the boundaries of a rapidly evolving cocktail culture to its greatest potential. The winning mixologist from the Las Vegas Bartender Summit have a once in a lifetime shot at representing their country during the Global Bartender Summit in London this fall — a clear indication of how the “Most Inspired Bartender” search has become a pillar in the industry. Having increased from 240 entries and 16 cities at its inception to 1,200 bartenders and more than 40 cities today, the program is proud to continue shining a spotlight on undiscovered talent around the world.
The summit began in Las Vegas on Sunday, Sept. 11, when all 46 bartenders prepared their inspired cocktails for an elite panel of USBG representatives. The following night, 10 selected mixologists presented cocktails to “The Modern Mixologist” Tony Abou-Ganim, respected spirits writer Camper English, USBG representative Francesco Lafranconi and the evening’s host, top celebrity chef Tyler Florence.
For the first time in the history of the USBG “Most Inspired Bartender” search, the final event was held in a high-energy Iron Chef-style format, with the introduction of a very special secret ingredient — the newly launched BOMBAY SAPPHIRE East(R) gin. Infused with crisp Thai lemongrass and spicy Vietnamese black peppercorn, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE East challenged the 10 mixologists to explore new flavors as they created cocktails that represented their home cities.
After sampling ten cocktails, the panel reached the unanimous decision that Dayton and his East Aspen Heights cocktail, made with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE East, lime juice, fresh pear juice, Yellow Chartreuse, muddled blackberry and sage, juniper and fennel seed-infused simple syrup, was the nation’s “Most Inspired Bartender.”
Host Tyler Florence said, “Dayton’s ability to combine such different flavor profiles and still produce an exceptionally balanced cocktail truly set him apart from the field.”
Dayton said that the experience has been life-altering and added, “I couldn’t feel more honored to be nationally recognized in my field, let alone be granted the opportunity to compete for a global title.”
House of BOMBAY Vice President and Brand Managing Director Giles Woodyer said, “In our fifth year as sponsor of the USBG ‘Most Inspired Bartender’ program, the breadth and depth of the talent we’ve seen has been phenomenal. This year produced a wide array of the most imaginative cocktails from across the country and we were excited to challenge bartenders with the new flavors of Thai lemongrass and Vietnamese black peppercorns in BOMBAY SAPPHIRE East. We congratulate Bryan Dayton and wish him the best of luck in the Global Bartender Summit.”
Dayton was in venerable company at the USBG Bartender Summit, working alongside runner-up, Scott Mayer of Miami, who created The Bitter Developer using BOMBAY SAPPHIRE East, his very own bitters recipe and Cocchi Americano. San Francisco’s Brandon Clements, the 2nd runner-up, also used a unique combination of ingredients, including BOMBAY SAPPHIRE East, BENEDICTINE(R) Liqueur and sage leaves in his Eastern Sage cocktail. Along with Dayton, Mayer and Clements will also be outfitted by Ted Baker London for their close-up in GQ Magazine’s December 2011 Men of the Year issue.
In 2011, Dayton and his East Aspen Heights cocktail stand as a classic example of the imagination, passion and ingenuity necessary to be named the nation’s “Most Inspired Bartender.” In a few short months, Dayton will proudly represent the United States in the 2011 Global Bartender Summit in London, where for the first time, the “World’s Most Inspired Bartender” will be named.
Below are the recipes of Denver’s Bryan Dayton, Miami’s Scott Mayer and San Francisco’s Brandon Clements:
Winner Bryan Dayton’s East Aspen Heights: 2 oz BOMBAY SAPPHIRE East 1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse 1/4 oz Sage, juniper and fennel seed infused simple syrup* 1 oz Fresh pear juice 1/2 oz Lime juice 2 muddled berries
Muddle two blackberries in a mixing glass. Add the rest of the ingredients. Add ice and shake. Serve in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a sage leaf-wrapped blackberry.
*Infused simple syrup preparation: Chop sage, muddle juniper berries and add fennel seed to simple syrup. Simmer over heat for 10 minutes and then strain.
Runner-Up Scott Mayer’s The Bitter Developer: 1 1/2 oz BOMBAY SAPPHIRE East 3/4 oz Cocchi Americano 3/4 oz Aperol 1 dash infused bitters*
Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Serve in a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.
*Infused Bitters recipe: 1/3 oz BOMBAY SAPPHIRE East 2/3 oz Bitter Cube Orange Bitters Muddle in: 4 Black peppercorns 1 One-inch piece fresh lemongrass 3 Blueberries 1 Pinch tarragon 3 Flamed grapefruit peels
Let sit 10 minutes and strain.
Second Runner-Up Brandon Clements’ Eastern Sage: 1 1/2oz BOMBAY SAPPHIRE East 1/8 oz BENEDICTINE Liqueur 1/3 oz Fernet Branca 1/4 oz Luxardo Maraschino 2 dashes of Gary Regan’s orange bitters 2 leaves of lightly bruised sage
Stir and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with orange twist, grapefruit twist and one leaf of sage.
About the USBG
The United States Bartenders’ Guild is an organization of beverage service professionals dedicated to the continued refinement of our craft. Such refinement is achieved through advanced product education; original hand crafted cocktail competitions; and aggressive involvement with other professionals in the beverage industry throughout the country and internationally. It is our intention, desire and main focus to become the most skilled, knowledgeable and professional group of bartenders in the industry. Above all, the United States Bartenders’ Guild supports and promotes well-informed, responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages.
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BOMBAY SAPPHIRE(R) is the fastest growing premium gin in the world and world’s number one premium gin by value. BOMBAY SAPPHIRE is created with a unique combination of ten hand-selected botanicals, sourced from around the globe. The brand’s global essence and signature vapor infusion process impart a refined and perfectly balanced taste, versatile enough for both classic cocktails and exotic recipes. Infused with imagination, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE is a symbol of the exploration of worldly and sophisticated lifestyles. For more information, please explore www.bombaysapphire.com .
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