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World Class Bartender Competition: Memories of Rio

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

2012 07 06 Diageo World Class Rio (3)

Here I am in Rio with two of my favorite World Class people: Ariel Miao from Diageo, China, and Tree Mao, China’s finalist in Rio, 2012

2012 07 06 Diageo World Class Rio (8)

And here’s a great shot with two of my brothers from different mothers: Stan Vadrna, who just happened to be in Rio at the same time as we were there, and Ueno-San.  This was a fine day, indeed.



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World Class 2012: Bert Jachman, Austria

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Here’s a glimps of Bert Jachman, 2012 finalist from Austria, and below you can see the recipes he used in the cocktail mastery round, and a picture of Ueno-San and me sharing a sip of Bert’s fabulous DCI Swizzle!

20th Century Cocktail

Glass: Coupette

Garnish: Lemon twist

Method: Shake and double strain

50ml Tanqueray No. TEN

25ml Lillet blanc

15ml Crème de Cacao

25ml Lemon juice


DCI Swizzle

Glass: Julep tin

Garnish: Cherry, mint sprig

Method: Wash cup with mint leaves then discard, add lemongrass and mint leaves, add all ingredients except the tequila and some crushed ice, stir with the lemon grass then pour over the tequila. Top with more crushed ice.

50ml Don Julio reposado tequila

10ml Mozart Black Chocolate Liqueur

1 bar spoon Vanilla essence

3 dashes Grapefruit bitters

1 fresh Lemongrass

20 Mint leaves

20ml Agave syrup

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Abdou El Asfor, Morocco: World Class, 2012

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Abdou El Asfor, 2012 finalist from Morocco, showed really well in our Cocktail Mastery challenge, despite being hindered by the lack of dry ice, something, he needed for his presentation.  Using exotic Moroccan spices, though, he fair dazzled Ueno-San and me with his innate sense of style, and a couple of beautiful cocktails.

Here’s a recipe for the drink that Abdou presented in the Retro-Chic challenge:

Man in Black

Glass: Coupette

Garnish: None

Method: Stirred and strained

20ml Johnnie Walker Gold Label

20ml Grand Marnier

20ml Espresso

20ml Chocolate syrup

Recipe courtesy Class Magazine

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Happy World Class Birthday Salvatore!

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

The Luverly Eliana Martins Pessanha, aka Miss Rio, took us on a tour of cachaca bars yesterday to help celebrate Salvatore Calabrese’s birthday.

It was a World Class Bar Crawl!

We Started out at the Acadamia da Cachaca

Dennis Tamse, gaz, Peter Dorelli, Salvatore Calabrese, DaLe DeGroff, Ueno-San, and Bob Nolet of Ketel One

After tasting, oh, about 27 different Cachacas (they have over 100 bottlings there, and many of them are just sublime spirits), we toddled off to Astor

Where we met Carlos, a simply splendid bartender!

And a Trio of Girls from Ipenina!

And Salvatore gave Dale sone Serious Words of Wisdom

Happy Birthday, Salvatore!

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World Class Rio, 2012 July 7: Christ the Redeemer

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

No trip to Rio is complete without a visit to see Christ the Redeemer Statue, right?

The sight of this brought tears to my eyes, just like my first glimpse of the Taj Mahal during last year’s World Class event.

Here’s the gang I was hanging with

Dennis Tamse, Spike Marchant, Dale DeGroff, Tim Judge, Ueno-San, and Bob Nolet

Truly a World Class Crew, right?

All in All it was Certainly a World Class Day

Thanks Diageo!

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