As one of the world’s most prestigious cocktail competitions draws closer, four cruise line bartenders who have been victorious over 5,500 other floating mixologists are busy perfecting their cocktail mastery in the hope of securing a coveted place in the grand final, writes Travel Industry Today.
The final four will go head to head at the Diageo Reserve World Class Global Travel semi-final event, in the Diageo Bar 396 in Miami, Florida, June 12, 2014. The cruise line winner will then go forward to compete at the Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year global final in London, competing against the best bartenders from around the globe.
The four, who will face-off at the glitzy global travel semi-final in Miami are:
Carlos F Lintag Jr, 42, from The Philippines is Bar supervisor on the Pacific Princess. Carlos’ favorite drink is Tanqueray No. Ten Gin and it features in his signature serve, the ‘ABCD: Amazing Bartender Cocktail Drink.’
Norwegian Cruise Line:
O’Neil Anant James Pandit, 33, from India is Assistant Beverage Manager on the Norwegian Getaway. O’Neil has been selected as a semi-finalist for the second year in a row and will conjure up the ‘Botanical Wave,’ featuring Tanqueray No. Ten Gin, as his signature cocktail.
Royal Caribbean International:
Shekhar Grover, 27, from India is Lead Bartender on board the Oasis of the Seas. His inspiration to become a mixologist stems from a fascination with the mystery of how a carefully created concoction can transport consumers to a state of bliss. His signature serve is the ‘French Royale,’ featuring Cȋroc Vodka.