Emeril Lagasse and Spike Mendelsohn were among the renowned chefs and mixologists who gathered in Miami last night to participate in the first-ever “Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown” competition at the Food Network & Cooking Channel’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE. As the premiere sponsor of the Tiki-themed celebration, Captain Morgan’s new pineapple, coconut and grapefruit flavored rums took over South Beach with a taste of the tropics.
With a Polynesian flare, the event consisted of some of the best bartenders from highly regarded Tiki-inspired joints around the country competing to be crowned Tiki-King by the end of the night. An esteemed panel of judges evaluated the contestants’ rum-inspired concoctions, while guests sipped on the cocktails.
Randy Perez from The Broken Shaker in Miami Beach won the “People’s Choice Award” with his Paradise Found recipe. The drink featured the new CAPTAIN MORGAN® Coconut Rum and CAPTAIN MORGAN® Original Spiced rum.
Ingredients include: CAPTAIN MORGAN® Coconut Rum, CAPTAIN MORGAN® Original Spiced Rum, Elizabeth All-Spice Dram, Watermelon, Lime Juice, Mint Syrup, Bitterman’s Tiki Bitters