LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Evan Hawkins of Atlanta was crowned the National Champion of the 2011 United States Bartenders Guild Drinks & Ink Competition presented by Tuaca. This not-so-usual take on a bartender competition combined the intersecting cultures of bartenders and tattoos with bartenders being judged on their Tuaca bold shot recipe and the overall craftsmanship of their tattoo. Hawkins captured his first national bartender competition by beating out eight other finalists from the around the country to win a Tuaca photo spread in Inked Magazine.
"I've competed in several bartender competitions and Drinks & Ink was one of the most different and fun ones I've ever experienced," said Hawkins. "I'm proud to have been recognized for both my Pura Vida body art and Tuaca bold shot and am stoked up to be featured in Inked."
Hawkins won his first national bartender competition with his Pura Vida bold shot recipe and a tattoo featuring a sugar skull with the words "Pura Vida" under it. Pura Vida means pure life in Spanish and the skull is a candy given out on the "day of dead" ceremony in Mexico. For Hawkins, it means to celebrate your life and live the best you can before the end comes.
1.5 oz of Tuaca
.5 oz Lemon Juice
.25 oz of agave nectar
3 dashes of orange flower water
.5 oz of cream (half/half)
Shake and strain top with homemade lemon vanilla soda vanilla bean straw to drink out of and a sugar skull candy garnish
"Evan beat out some tough competition but the judges thought the combination of his Tuaca bold shot and tattoo was the best," said Tracey Johnson, Tuaca Brand Manager. "All of the finalists did a fantastic job, and we appreciate all of the bartenders across the country who took the time to enter the competition."
The National Finals were judged by a star-studded panel, including:
- Tattoo artist & TV personality Corey Miller of Six Feet Under Tattoo Parlor
- Cocktail authoritarian Gary Regan of Ardent Spirits
- Todd Weinberger, Creative Director at Inked Magazine
- Jason Littrell of New York Chapter of the USBG.
Local competitions took place from February to March in Atlanta, Baltimore, Breckenridge, Columbia (SC), Denver, East Lansing, Jacksonville, Phoenix and Seattle.
For more information about the 2011 USBG Drinks & Ink Competition presented by Tuaca, please visit usbg.org.
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Tuaca Liqueur is a striking blend of rich Madagascar vanilla, distilled essences of Mediterranean citrus fruits and Italian brandies. Its flavor profile is complex and enjoyable chilled on its own or mixed in cocktails. For more information about Tuaca, please visit www.tuaca.com.
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