Karan Woodruffe is the winner of the Angostura aromatic bitters Grenada cocktail challenge.
Woodruffe who works at Coyaba Beach Resort created two drinks – Caribbean delight for her freestyle and a Spice Island Jam as the rum base allowed her to score 223 points.
She also won herself US$500, a trophy and an opportunity to represent Grenada at the regional competition in Barbados in October.
A total of 15 bartenders within the tourism sector competed against each other in mixing cocktails, for a chance to win the top prize and represent Grenada in the competition.
This is the 3rd year that Angostura aromatic bitters, one of the products carried by Geo. F. Huggins Grenada (Ltd), has held the challenge competition.
Brand Manager, Karlene Williams said the hope is through this challenge, the services provided by bartenders will improve, thus enhancing the whole tourism sector.
Representing Angostura at the competition was Vitra Deonarine who said that Angostura bitters remains a secret formula, known as the taste that flavours the world.
“No bar is worth its’ salt if it does not have Angostura aromatic bitters”, she quipped.
Deonarine noted that over the years, they saw a need for Caribbean bartenders to develop their skills and build confidence in their product delivery.
Placing second, was Karen James of Spice Isle Beach Resort with 218 points with her free style drink, a green mist and for the rum base drink a tropical tang.
Chrystel Connaught’s drinks of summer splash for freestyle and Kalinago’s love as the rum base earned her the 3rd prize.
Cyrystel is from Kalinago Beach Resort, and she amassed 207 points.
A panel of 3 judges – mixlogist at Angostura house in Trinidad Raymond Edwards, as well as Mark Assaing of Charcoals Caribbean Grill and Stanley Minors of the Beach House Restaurant – adjudicated the 4-hour competition held last Saturday at the Trade Winds restaurant at Grenada Grand Beach Resort.
Edwards, Head judge of the competition, applauded the participants for their efforts and noted the long term benefits such a challenge can bring to bartenders.
Some of the things, the judges looked for in the cocktails made were: appearance, aroma, taste & originality, professional technique, style and confidence and creativity.
At the last regional competition, Grenada placed 2nd and the hope is that Woodruffe will bring home the regional title for the Spice Isle.