Mixmaster magic at Margaritaville

Mixmaster magic at Margaritaville

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Topics: Food & Drink

Barbadian Jamaal Bowen stated that his participation in the 2011 Angostura Mixmaster Regional Cocktail Challenge at Margaritaville, Ocho Rios on October 29 was fuelled by two objectives – the search for adventure and the desire to create history. The Sandy Lane Hotel bartender did just that en route to winning the competition, with Jamaican Alexa-Rae Clennon of Bars-to-Go securing second place and Kendie Browne Williams from the Four Seasons in St. Kitts and Nevis finishing third.

Jamaal Bowen (right), Angostura Mixmaster Regional Cocktail Challenge winner, and Genevieve Jodhan (left), executive manager of export sales and business development, Angostura.

Angostura Mixmaster Regional Cocktail Challenge winner Jamaal Bowen (centre) from Barbados is flanked by runner-up Alexa-Rae Clennon (right) from Jamaica and third place finisher Kendie Brown Williams of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Bowen walked away with the grand prize of US$5,000 and confirmed his place in the Global challenge in February 2012 in Trinidad, where he will have a chance to win the even more attractive US$10,000 prize purse and the coveted title of Angostura Grand Master Champion.

Competitors were allowed seven minutes to prepare two cocktails each during an Open (Freestyle) category and a Rum Cocktail category, with all recipes including a minimum of five dashes of Angostura Aromatic Bitters or Orange Bitters. Drinks were scored on appearance, aroma, taste and presentation skills. This year’s competition featured eight bartenders from seven islands – Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica (2), St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent.

“Lascelles is happy to host a competition of this standard. We are committed to excellence and this competition gives us a chance to highlight top level bartending in Jamaica and the Caribbean while allowing us to be part of a programme of development for bartenders,” said Andre Cowan, Marketing Manager for Lascelles, in a press statement.

Known as the taste that flavours the world, Angostura has a long tradition of spicing up cuisines in the Caribbean and internationally. It is a highly concentrated flavouring made from a selection of aromatic herbs and spices which makes it ideal for all culinary purposes.

“Farmer’s Affair” cocktail by Jamaal Bowen

Angostura Mixmaster Regional Cocktail Challenge judge Marilyn Bennett closely examines a cocktail mix.

Kendie Brown Williams, St. Kitts & Nevis

Runner-up Alexa-Rae Clennon from Jamaica

Barbadian Jamaal Bowen, winner of the 2011 Angostura Mixmaster Regional Cocktail Challenge

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