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First Ultimate Cocktail Challenge Announces Winners

April 26, 2010


April 26, 2010 (New York, NY) - The inaugural Ultimate Cocktail Challenge was held at Astor Center in New York City on April 12-14 and today announces the winning spirits. Ultimate Beverage Challenge, a New York-based beverage competitions and events company founded by F. Paul Pacult, David Talbot and Sue Woodley, broke new ground with Ultimate Cocktail Challenge by assessing how well individual spirits performed in classic cocktails.
 
Expert judges evaluated how, for example, different gins perform in five classic gin cocktails like the Dry Martini, Gin & Tonic, Aviation, Tom Collins and Negroni. Judges included world-renowned mixology superstars Dale DeGroff, David Wondrich, Jacques Bezuidenhout, Julie Reiner, Steve Olson, Audrey Saunders, Tad Carducci, Doug Frost, Andy Seymour, Don Lee, Jim Meehan and Sean Ludford, Assistant Judging Chairman.
 
Spirits were judged on the 100-point rating system in multiple rounds. The highest scoring spirit in each cocktail was awarded the coveted Ultimate Cocktail Challenge Chairman’s Trophy. For the complete list of all Ultimate Cocktail Challenge results, go to www.ultimate-beverage.com/UCC2010-results/.

2010 CHAIRMAN’S TROPHY WINNERS

BEST GIN in a…
·        Aviation                       TANQUERAY NO. 10
·        Dry Martini                 TANQUERAY LONDON DRY
·        Gin & Tonic                  PLYMOUTH
·        Negroni                   TANQUERAY LONDON DRY
·        Tom Collins                 TANQUERAY LONDON DRY
 
BEST VODKA in a…
·        Bloody Mary                VERMONT WHITE
·        Cosmopolitan              CHOPIN
·        Vodka Martini              ORZEL
·        Vodka & Tonic             TITO’S HANDMADE
 
BEST TEQUILA in a…
·        Margarita w/Cointreau           MILAGRO REPOSADO
·        Paloma                        TRES AGAVES REPOSADO
·        Tequila Sunrise         TRES AGAVES BLANCO
 
BEST RUM in a…
·        Daiquiri                   BANKS 5 ISLAND
·        Mai Tai                    PLANTATION GRANDE RESERVE
·        Mojito                     DON Q CRISTAL

BEST COGNAC/BRANDY in a…
·        Brandy Alexander     MARTELL CORDON BLEU
·        Brandy Julep            MARTELL CORDON BLEU
·        Sidecar                   REMY MARTIN VSOP
·        Stinger                   REMY MARTIN VS
 
BEST SCOTCH WHISKY in a…
·        Blood & Sand           HIGHLAND PARK 12
·        Rob Roy                  MACALLAN FINE OAK 10
·        Rusty Nail                MACALLAN FINE OAK 10
·        Scotch Sour             HIGHLAND PARK 12
 
BEST NORTH AMERICAN WHISKEY in a…
·        Manhattan               RITTENHOUSE BOTTLED-IN-BOND RYE
·        Mint Julep                    RITTENHOUSE BOTTLED-IN-BOND RYE
·        Old-Fashioned             WOODFORD RESERVE DISTILLER’S SELECT BOURBON
·        Sazerac                  RITTENHOUSE BOTTLED-IN-BOND RYE
·        Whiskey Sour           WOODFORD RESERVE DISTILLER’S SELECT BOURBON
 
BEST ORANGE LIQUEUR in a…
·        Cosmopolitan           COINTREAU
·        Margarita                COINTREAU
·        Sidecar                   PATRON CITRONGE
 
 
The judges did not know the identity of any of the entered spirits in order to promote a completely level playing field. Cocktails were mixed by handpicked, highly experienced New York City bartenders, specifically Willy Shine, Aisha Sharpe, Lindsay Nader and Sean Hoard who carefully followed specific recipes chosen by Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult and UCC advisors Dale DeGroff and David Wondrich.
 
Said Pacult of the first Ultimate Cocktail Challenge, “With Ultimate Beverage Challenge’s emphasis on integrity, method and credibility, coupled with the enormous experience of the world-class judges, we’ve created an innovative, exciting and authentic way for spirits and wines to be assessed in the fastest growing drinks arena in the world: cocktails. Ultimate Cocktail Challenge is like no other cocktail competition in the world. In my eyes, it’s the truest test, the most accurate measurement of spirits in cocktails because it evaluates the actual performance in cocktails.”
 
Said David Talbot, UBC partner, “The results from Ultimate Cocktail Challenge are a marketer’s dream come true. Being cited as the best vodka for a Cosmopolitan or the best tequila for a Margarita is promotional fodder of the highest quality. What gin wouldn’t want to be known as the finest gin for a Dry Martini by the most authoritative judging panels in the world?”
 
NEXT UP – Ultimate Wine Challenge (June 7-11) is now accepting entries with deadline of May 25, 2010.  Enter at http://www.ultimate-beverage.com/UWC/.


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