United States Bartenders’ Guild Crowns Naomi Levy as National Finalist in Legacy Cocktail Showcase

CORAL GABLES, Fla., Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) crowned Naomi Levy as the national finalist of the fourth annual USBG Legacy Cocktail Showcase sponsored by BACARDÍ in Miami. Levy will receive an all-expense paid trip to Moscow, Russia, and the opportunity to share her unique creation on the global stage as the United States representative in the Legacy Cocktail Global Showcase. Levy emerged from a field of 12 national semi-finalists from across the country, winning with “Guayaba Arabica”, her innovative BACARDÍ Superior cocktail.

The USBG Legacy Cocktail Showcase sponsored by BACARDÍ invited the best contemporary bartenders from around the country to become commemorated through their creative expressions of BACARDÍ.  Participants are charged with creating a cocktail that could become as revered as classic cocktails of the BACARDÍ Daiquirí and the BACARDĺ Mojito. Classic cocktails are defined by their balance, flavor, quality of ingredients and aesthetic appeal, as well as their enduring popularity and the story behind them.

This year’s National Legacy Cocktail Showcase was judged by William Ramos, Bacardi Senior Brand Master; Charles Joly, Beverage Director of Aviary and Founder of Crafthouse Cocktails; Juan Coronado, Spirits Director for the Think Food Group; andFrank Martucci, Co-Founder of the USBG Rhode Island Chapter.

“The finalists mastered the art of creating a well-balanced drink, while bringing a unique and original vision to the 2014 showcase. Naomi Levy’s winning cocktail was selected because of its innovation and potential for long-term appeal,” noted Toby Whitmoyer, Vice President and Brand Managing Director for the rum category at Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.  “It is by preserving our cocktail legacies and our commitment to uncovering the next generation of classic cocktails that allows BACARDÍ to remain at the forefront of cocktail culture.”

The USBG showcase has grown to become a world-renowned event, with participants from the United States, United Kingdom,Africa, European Union and Asia enlisted in 2014. Naomi Levy from the U.S. Showcase will advance to the USBG Global Showcase, hosted by industry leaders and held in front of a specially invited audience of leading bartenders, bar professionals and media.

Guayaba Arabica
1 ½ part BACARDĺ Superior
1 part Guava Nectar
¾ part Coffee Scented Simple Syrup
½ part Lime Juice
5 pieces Cilantro Leaf
1 pinch Salt
grated espresso bean (for garnish)

Instructions: In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients, add ice, and shake.  Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the grated espresso bean.

About BACARDÍ Rums
In 1862, BACARDÍ revolutionized the spirits industry when founder Don Facundo Bacardí Massó began producing his remarkable light-bodied, smooth rum. The unique taste of BACARDÍ inspired cocktail pioneers to invent some of the world’s most famous drink recipes including the Mojito, the Daiquirí, the Cuba Libre, the Piña Colada, and the Presidente.  BACARDÍ Superior rum has won more than 550 awards for quality and taste making it the world’s most awarded rum.  Today, BACARDÍ is produced in Puerto Rico, following the production legacy set forth by Don Facundo Bacardi Massó – crafted in a five step distillation process, mellowed in American white oak barrels, and filtered five times for unparalleled quality and smoothness.  http://www.Bacardi.com

About Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.
Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. is the United States import and distribution arm of one of the world’s leading spirits and wine producers. The company boasts a portfolio of some of the most recognized and top-selling spirits brands in the United States including BACARDÍ® Superior rum, the world’s favorite and best-selling premium rum, as well as the world’s most awarded rum ; GREY GOOSE® vodka, the world-leader in super-premium vodka; DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky,  the world’s most awarded blended Scotch whisky and the number-one selling blended Scotch whisky in the United States; BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, the top-valued and fastest-growing premium gin  in  the world; MARTINI® vermouth and sparkling wines, the world’s leading vermouth and the world’s favorite Italian sparkling wines; CAZADORES®100 percent blue agave tequila, one of the most popular premium tequilas in Mexico and the United States; and other leading and emerging brands. For additional information, visit http://www.bacardiusa.com