Celebrity Cruises’ Bartender Wins Global Travel Final | Cruise News – August 18, 2016

Celebrity Cruises’ Bartender Wins Global Travel Final

Cruise News – August 18, 2016

Andrej Malic, a bartender aboard Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Millennium, has been crowned Diageo Global Travel’s best bartender at the DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS final held last night in the Diageo 396 Bar in Miami.

Judged by a panel of industry experts including Julio Cabrera, master mixologist; David Molina, head mixologist for Diageo BAR 396; and Marcy Rudershausen, senior master of whisky for Diageo; Andrej beat out competition from thousands of cruise line bartender contestants from other lines including Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line, and Celebrity Cruises.

Winning Recipe: Old Spice Fashion

0.25 oz Allspice Dram Liqueur
0.75 oz honey syrup
2 drops of Tiki bitters
1 bar spoon of Crème de Yvette
A dash of Peychaud’s bitters

Add all ingredients in a mixing glass, stir to dilution, and strain into a double old-fashioned glass over one large ice cube. Garnish with expressed grapefruit zest and a dehydrated grapefruit wheel.

Bartenders were judged on their craft, showmanship, creativity, bartending knowledge, and overall delivered drinking experience. Malic, and his winning recipe — Old Spice Fashion — will go on to represent Diageo Global Travel at the WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year Competition in Miami September 26-29, 2016, where he’ll compete against 59 of the world’s best bartenders for the coveted “World Class Bartender of the Year” title.

“This is without doubt the best moment of my career to date,” said Malic. “I’ve been inspired and challenged by many talented bartenders over the last few weeks, and I’m really looking forward to using the skills and knowledge that I’ve developed through the program to represent Celebrity Cruises and all cruise line bartenders at the grand final of the WORLD CLASS competition, right here again in beautiful Miami.”

“This competition allows us to recognize and champion the skills and craftsmanship’s of our cruise line bartenders, and last night was extremely exciting with a very high standard displayed by all the competitors,” added Sandra Vaucher, director, global cruise and airlines, at Diageo.

Follow the competition on the Global WORLD CLASS Finals Facebook page.

Photos: Diageo

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