EXCITEMENT filled the air as bartenders from different restaurants and hotels mixed drinks and cocktails within a five-minute time frame in full view of the judges and everyone else.After breathtaking showmanship, the bartenders offered their eye-catching, thirst quenching, vodka-flavored concoctions:
Champion Ronnie Guevarra’s “Beat d’ Heat,” is this year’s winner. It’s a blend of half an ounce of Bacardi rum, one ounce orange Curacao, strawberry puree, mango juice, fresh orange juice and coconut syrup, all blended with ice until smooth and served in a tall glass. “Beat d’ Heat” was served on a bed of grapes and oranges.
Edwardo Flores of GIG Discotheque’s “Fuzzy Peach of Marianas” contains Burnett’s peach vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice and a dash of coconut syrup, garnished with fresh orange and cherry and served in a tropical glass.
Ramil Eustaquio of One Call Inc. presented his “Citrus Cooler” made with Burnett’s citrus vodka, equal parts of lemonade or sweet and sour cranberry juice and club soda. All are poured over ice in a tall glass and garnished with fresh orange.
Jay Santos of Ocean Bar’s “Marianas Blossom” is a blend of Burnett’s vodka, melon liquor, grenadine, sweet and sour and Sprite, and garnished with lime and cherry.
Alexander Mejia of the Hyatt Regency’s “Micronesian Amzomela” is a blend of Burnett’s vodka, triple sec, peach fruit, pine juice, lemonade, a dash of grenadine and a splash of sprite served in a glass and garnished with a slice of pineapple fruit.
Saipan World Resort’s Dindo Ferrer’s Banana de Marianas is served on top of a banana heart.
“Island Dreams,” by Michael Rosal Benavente of Bossano Bar, is a merry mix of Burnett’s mango vodka, pineapple juice and coconut syrup, poured in a glass and garnished with an orange.
As in past years, restaurants and hotels are expected to include the winning cocktails in their regular menus.
If you haven’t yet tasted the Mangorita, visit the Northern Marianas Bartenders Association booth at the 2012 Taste of the Marianas and International Beer Garden Festival at American Memorial Park.
Mangorita is a delightful blend of vodka, mango juice, pineapple, Triple Sec and other ingredients.
A non-alcoholic version is also available for those who prefer it without alcohol, and for minors. Mangorita sells for 4 tokens at the NMBA booth.
May 26 is the last night of the Taste of the Marianas, so head straight to the NMBA Booth and be one of the hundreds of those who have tasted this cocktail and who have been coming back for more.