Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender Miami Competition 2015Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by Ingrid Wu
Some of the finest bartenders in the South East were invited to sunny South Beach to compete for the coveted title of this year’s ninth annual “Most Imaginative Bartender”, presented by Bombay Sapphire® gin. The United States Bartender’s Guild (USBG), the top organization of beverage service professionals, sought out the top competitors from Miami, Tampa, Atlanta and Charleston to battle it out in the regional finals.
The revered panel of judges overseeing the night’s event included Bombay Sapphire North American Brand Ambassador Gary Hayward, 2014 Overall Winner Ran Duan, Hakkasan’s Carla Rivera, Charleston USBG’s Megan Duschane. Through surprising twists and turns, blind tastings, and riveting challenges, the judges named Tampa’s Branda Terry and her innovative “The Bricky Lady” as the clear-cut winner of the night. Terry’s concoction will now advance her to the USBG Most Imaginative Bartender Finals in Las Vegas, which will be held on September 2, 2015. From there, she will challenge 28 of North America’s prime bartenders for the national title, in hopes of competing for the global title.
“I am truly honored to be recognized for my cocktail,” said Terry, “especially after competing against some of the best bartenders in Miami, Tampa, Atlanta and Charleston, many of whom are peers that I respect and admire. The USBG and Bombay Sapphire gin have always done an incredible job of spotlighting emerging bartenders and cultivating our craft. It’s thrilling to be a part of that legacy and I look forward to representing Los Angeles at the North American finals in Vegas!”
Ned Duggan, VP, Managing Director for Bombay Sapphire gin, the presenting sponsor of the annual search, adds, “Now in its ninth year, the USBG Most Imaginative Bartender competition has become a pillar within the industry. We are honored to be able to partner with the USBG in continuing to showcase exceptional bartending talent across North America. Our goal has always been to help lay the groundwork for the next generation of innovation and artistry within the bartending field and Brenda Terry is no exception to the extraordinary talent that this program has engaged over the years. Best of luck to Brenda in Las Vegas!” #MIB2015 #BombaySapphire
The Bricky Lady
.5oz House made Vanilla Bean, English Lavender, and English Thyme Syrup
.75oz Earl Grey Infused Martini & Rossi Rosso Vermouth
1.5oz Bombay Sapphire Gin
.5oz Serrano Pepper Infused Martini & Rossi Extra Dry Vermouth
2 dashes of house made bitters (a blend of green cardamom pods, lavender, allspice, and anise)
Garnish: Discarded Lemon Peel and a Sprig of Thyme
Tags: 08/03/15, Bombay Sapphire, Brenda Terry, Carla Rivera, Chris Colon, Evan Christy, Gary Hayward, Hannah Leonard, Megan Duschane, Most Imaginative Bartender, Ran Duan, Tiffanie Barrier, United States Bartenders Guild, USBG