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World Class Bartenders: Edwin Castillo, Bar: Wines & Spirits, Dominican Republic

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

At the finals of Diageo Reserve Brand’s World Class Bartender Competition this year, I witnessed some incredible drinks being made.

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And some of those drinks were made by

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Edwin Castillo, Bar: Wines & Spirits, Dominican Republic

Edwin Castillo has been in the spirits industry for 13 years as both a mixologist and sommelier.   He initially learned the craft of mixology at the Barceló Lina Hotel in Santo Domingo, watching his co-workers behind the bar making cocktails and interacting with happy clients.  He finds daily inspiration in bartenders who love what they do and create all their cocktails with passion and care. Edwin likes interacting with clients, familiarizing them with new cocktails and spirits and telling the hidden stories behind each label.

Here’s Edwin’s recipe for The Secret, a drink he created for the “Time to Play” round.  Niceley done, Edwin!

The Secret

Glass: Rocks

Garnish: Orange slice and cherry

Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over cubed ice.

60ml Tanqueray No. TEN gin

30ml Elderflower liqueur

Absinthe, cucumber and cinnamon infusion

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World Class Bartenders: David Rios, The Jigger Cocktail Bar, Spain

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

At the finals of Diageo Reserve Brand’s World Class Bartender Competition this year, I witnessed some incredible drinks being made.

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And some of those drinks were made by

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David Rios, The Jigger Cocktail Bar, Spain

(Who, as you know by now, went on to win the competition)

David Rios was first inspired to start in the bartending trade nearly 20 years ago when working at a party for a bar owner where different cocktails were served.  Since that moment, he has served in nearly all aspects of the industry including maitre’d and sommelier of 3 Michelin Star restaurant, Mugaritz, the opening of the Sheraton Hotel in Bilbao and today, owning  Café Kobuk, Kobuk Events and Jigger Bar together with his brother.  Primarily self-taught, David has won a number of awards throughout his career including the cocktail championship of the Bizkaia region, the National Championship of Gin Tonic (By Schweppes) and the International Championship of Gin Tonic (By Fever Tree) amongst others.

David has a classic style with modern touches, focusing on the liquid first and always using an inventive presentation.  When creating cocktails, he loves to use bitter flavours and citrus and is inspired by everything from the sea and fresh grass that surrounds him in Basque country, to previous WORLD CLASS winner Erik Lorincz. David notes: “For me WORLD CLASS is much more than a championship, it is above all training and creating the future of the industry with the upcoming generations. To sum up, it’s a big family. We are in a new era for the bartender where we are getting recognition, and getting close to the recognition of great chefs.”

In the Singleton Sensorium round David created a rich, red-lit atmosphere evoking sunset, presented a model of Scotland, denoting the Highlands, Lowlands, Islands, Speyside whisky producing areas, complete with a miniature river flowing through it, while calming, folk music brought whisky to life. He served Singleton of Dufftown with Pedro Ximenez sherry and Angostura bitters, stirred with ice and strained into a decanter which was then smoked with haya wood chips. He served it in a quaiche with an orange zest spritz. He served it with aromatic and edible botanicals and chocolates on a tartan coaster.

And he’s a darned good guy to hang out with, too!

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