* 2 parts Malibu Lime
* .75 parts Fresh Lime Juice
* 3 parts Soda water
* 10 Mint leaves
* Method: Add mint leaves to a chilled highball glass and fill with ice cubes, Add Malibu Lime and fresh lime juice. Top up with soda water and garnish with a mint sprig. MSRP: $13.99 for 750mL and $21.99 for a 1.75L
* 1 part Martell Blue Swift
* 2 partsApple cider
* 2 dashes Angostura bitters
* Method: Place few ice cubes into the shakers. Pour Blue Swift,
apple cider, and bitters. Shake ingredients together and pour into a
wine tumbler. Garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks.
MSRP: : $49.99
Yesterday in Philadelphia (9/24), New York’s Mark Tubridy (21 Club) was crowned the Regional Winner of Bombay Sapphire’s 13th Annual Most Imaginative Bartender (MIB) Competition. Tubridy beat out other top bartenders from Orlando, New York, Savannah, Massachusetts, and Philadelphia, showcasing the artistry that goes into making an imaginative cocktail. Next month in October, Tubridy and the 11 other top mixologists from across North America will head to England – the home of Bombay Sapphire and its Laverstoke Distillery – for an immersive gin education tour before competing in the competition finals in February 2020 in Chicago. Tubridy will also compete in the Canvas Challenge, a new component of the program which will task the top 12 finalists to bring an original creative idea of any medium to life for a chance to win a $25,000 grant prize and a mentorship by a creative visionary.
Over the last two days, 12 of eastern North America’s top bartenders stirred creativity and presented their most elaborate cocktails to an esteemed panel of judges. As the regional competition came to an end, Tubridy’s “Songbird” cocktail (recipe below) was named the Most Imaginative based on flavor, appearance, presentation, and imagination. Also claiming a spot in the top 12 and advancing to the finale are Atlanta’s Keyatta Mincey-Parker (Bonton), Miami’s Derek Stilmann (The Sylvester Bar), and New Orleans’ Maggie Morgan (Bar Tonique).
Top 36 Bartenders Stir Creativity Vie for $25,000 Creative Grant and Mentorship by Creative Visionary
Hamilton, Bermuda (September 3, 2019) – Tales of the Cocktail Foundation announces today the semifinalists of the 13th Annual Most Imaginative Bartender Competition (MIB Competition) presented by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin. The esteemed cocktail MIB Competition, which seeks out mixologists at the forefront of the industry and provides them with a platform to let their imagination and creativity shine, will kick off the regional stage this September through three (3) competitions held in Nashville (Central), Philadelphia (East), and Portland (West). The 36 semifinalists from across North America will vie for a spot in the top 12 and advance to the finals in February 2020. The MIB Competition will be held in Chicago, the hometown of the 2018 Most Imaginative Bartender, Carley Gaskin. Driven by the belief that everyone is born creative, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE is introducing the Canvas Challenge to this year’s program. The new challenge will task the top 12 finalists to discover their artistic potential and showcase their creativity for a chance to win a $25,000 grant prize and a mentorship by a creative visionary.
According to BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin Brand Director Tom Spaven, the new challenge is a way to encourage bartenders to take their creativity to the next level as he notes: “Each year, the Most Imaginative Bartender competition brings together a group of boundary-pushing bartenders who use BOMBAY SAPPHIRE as the ultimate tool to stir creativity in a glass. Through the incredible work of past participants, we realize the program is not just a competition, but a forum for expression across many different creative mediums. I’m excited to see how this year’s semifinalists will bring the industry to new heights and explore their passions outside of mixology”.
Throughout September, the semifinalists will participate in an invigorating two-day program, aimed to encourage bartenders to stir creativity outside of the traditional lines of the industry. On the first day, all semifinalists will present their masterpiece in a glass to a panel of judges. Following the MIB Competition portion, the program is introducing a new aspect in an effort to encourage self-expression, in which the semifinalists will participate in an educational activity geared towards exploring new creative mediums. Upon completion, the regional winners will head to England in October for an immersive gin discovery tour at the home of the brand’s BREEAM award-winning distillery, Laverstoke Mill. During the week-long tour all finalists will participate in educational programming that will help prepare them for the finale in February 2020. In addition to the prizes awarded to the final winner, all 12 finalists will collaborate with PUNCH Media for a special cocktail book to debut in 2020.
The 2018 champion Carley Gaskin shared a few words of inspiration for the semifinalists, stating: “The Most Imaginative Bartender Competition encouraged me to explore new forms of self-expression through mixology, while introducing me to a wealth of invaluable resources within the industry. I couldn’t be more excited for this year’s semifinalists to embark on this incredible journey and wish them the best of luck”.
For more information please visit www.mostimaginativebartender.com.
Top 36 Semi-Finalists:
Edward Hansel – New York
Mark Tubridy – New York
Arianna Shaljian – New York
Solomon Thomas – Philadelphia
Valentino Longo – Miami
Derek Stilmann – Miami
Peter Hannah – Orlando
Cody Henson – Savannah
Niall McCourt – St. Pete
Keyatta Mincey-Parker – Atlanta
Sam Treadway – Massachusetts
Michael Rizk – Quebec
Maggie Morgan – New Orleans
Terance Robson – Austin
Nikolas Zoylinos – Austin
Alexis Mijares – Austin
Christa Havican – Houston
Marlowe Johnson – Michigan
Tripper Duval – Wisconsin
David Yee – Columbus
Marta Ess – Ontario
Holly Caverly – Ontario
Jayare Wuo – Chicago
Cameron Holck – Portland
Estanislado Orona – Portland
Lydia McLuen – Portland
Jamie Socci – Portland
Emilio Salehi – San Francisco
Christian Suzuki – San Francisco
Derrick Li – San Francisco
Shaun Dunn – Los Angeles
Alex Jump – Denver
TJ Vong – Denver
Andrew Woodley – Hawaii
Danielle Pingert – Saskatchewen
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ABOUT BOMBAY SAPPHIRE BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® is the world’s number one premium gin by volume and value. BOMBAY SAPPHIRE is created with a unique combination of ten sustainably sourced botanicals from around the globe. The brand’s signature distillation process known as vapour infusion is showcased at the BREEAM award-winning Laverstoke Mill Distillery in Hampshire, England. The vapour infusion process skillfully captures the natural flavors of the botanicals which results in the gin’s fresh, bright taste. BOMBAY SAPPHIRE, which was awarded a gold medal in the 2018 Las Vegas Global Spirit Awards and a double gold medal in the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, is recognized for crafting the finest quality gin. For more information, please explore www.bombaysapphire.com .
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DOUBLE DUTCHESS is her mega-anticipated second full-length opus and very first visual album “experience”, Double Dutchess: Seeing Double-out September 22 via her own label Dutchess Music/BMG.
Fergie ignited a flurry of anticipation last week when she announced the details of DOUBLE DUTCHESS. Now, she unveils a taste of what audiences everywhere can expect when this body of work arrives. The trailer showcases all of the high-wire action, tearful drama, sexy romance, and dark humor that defines the Double Dutchess: Seeing Double. It immediately amplifies the excitement for what promises to be “the music event of 2017.” Experience the trailer now!
Tickets are also available for the nationwide one-night only premiere of the entire Double Dutchess: Seeing Double visual experience September 20, 2017 exclusively at iPic® Theaters nationwide. Pre-order tickets HERE.
The Dutchess has returned!
Check out the full tracklisting:
Hungry (feat. Rick Ross)
Like It Ain’t Nuttin’
You Already Know (feat. Nicki Minaj)
Just Like You
A Little Work
Life Goes On
Save It Til Morning
Enchanté (Carine) (feat. Axl Jack)
L.A.LOVE (la la) (feat. YG)
Love Is Blind
Love Is Pain
Influencing a generation of stars to follow, Fergie remains pop’s leading lady. On September 21, the eight-time GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum solo artist doubles down on her anxiously awaited visual experience and second full-length album, Double Dutchess-the first release for her own Dutchess Music the label she founded in partnership with BMG during 2017. This blockbuster follows up one of the most successful albums of this century the Dutchess, which sold 7.2 million albums and 29 million tracks around the globe and yielded three #1 Billboard Hot 100 hits: “London Bridge,” “Glamorous,” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and Top 5 smashes “Fergalicious” and “Clumsy.” She also remains a driving force in The Black Eyed Peas whose legacy eclipses sales of 35 million records and 60 million tracks over the course of four multi-platinum offerings. Once again, she sets the pace for pop.
About iPic® Theaters
Established in 2006 by Hamid Hashemi, iPic® Theaters is America’s premier luxury restaurant-and-theater brand. A pioneer of the dine-in theater concept, iPic® Theaters mission is to provide visionary entertainment escapes, presenting high-quality, chef-driven culinary and mixology in architecturally unique destinations that include premium movie theaters and bar/restaurants. iPic® Theaters currently operates 16 locations with 121 screens in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin and new locations planned for California, Connecticut, Philadelphia, and New York. For more information, visit www.iPic.com.
About The Tuck Room
A Tuck Hospitality Group Concept
The Tuck Room is an award-winning spirited drinking + dining den owned and operated by iPic Entertainment and helmed by James Beard Award-winning Chef Sherry Yard. This NYC, LA, Miami and Houston hotspot is known for its clandestine vibrant social drinking and dining destinations and celebrity clientele. Personable bartenders serve bang-up cocktails featuring location-specific beverage menu curation by Corporate Sommelier/Executive Bartender, Adam Seger, who believes in ‘drinking like you eat’. Garden-fresh ingredients come together in a curated ‘NYC’ liquid time capsule featuring exclusive recipes by the Godfathers of New York Cocktail Culture – while LA’s Tuck Tavern serves up a liquid love letter to Los Angeles, paying homage to cocktail history and culture. The Tuck Room menu presents unique and artful takes on classic and craveable American flavors that come together with a Farmer’s Market focus, meant to be enjoyed with enthusiasm and pleasure. From NYC’s extensive rare Madeira Wine Library to the Heizenberg liquid nitrogen infusion machine, a trip to The Tuck Room is anything but ordinary. For more information, visit www.thetuckroom.com.