Bol restaurant bartender Tacy Rowland wins Las Vegas bartending contest
An Uncommon Perspective
2 ounces Bombay Sapphire Gin
½ ounce clarified lime
½ ounce clarified lemon
1/8 ounce tomato water
1/8 ounce clarified passion fruit
¾ ounce spiced fennel syrup
10 drops black tea tincture
LAS VEGAS — On Wednesday, July 6, in Las Vegas, the United States Bartenders’ Guild hosted the regional finals of the 10th annual Most Imaginative Bartender Competition, sponsored by Bombay Sapphire gin. Ten of the top bartenders from Las Vegas, Denver, Vail and Phoenix brought their most creative works to the table.
The competition was open to Las Vegas’ crowd of cocktail aficionados, and both guests and judges gathered at RX Boiler Room to sample the cocktails. After careful deliberation, the panel of judges named Tacy Rowland, a bartender at bol restaurant in Vail Village, and her An Uncommon Perspective cocktail as the evening’s winner, based on appearance, aroma, imagination and taste.
Recognition of talent
In celebration of the program’s 10th anniversary, the top 10 finalists from the United States and Canada will travel to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery at the Laverstoke Mill Distillery in London to vie for the 2016 North American title. The grand-prize winner will receive a trip to Tuscany, Italy, to learn about a selection of botanicals that are vapor-infused within the gin and will also be featured on a special-edition cover of GQ magazine’s December Men of the Year issue.
Jumpstart and honor
“It’s an honor for my cocktail to be recognized by such an esteemed panel of judges. It’s been quite the journey to get to this point,” Rowland said. “A lot of the winners of the … Most Imaginative Bartender competition are universally known within the bartender community, and this competition helped jumpstart their careers. It’s humbling to be considered at the level of their talent. I can’t wait to represent Vail this fall in London along with some of the world’s greatest bartenders.”
The Most Imaginative Bartender Competition works with bartenders who have gone on to further their careers and today be known as some of the top bartending talent across the country. Since winning the 2015 North American title, Justin Lavenue has expanded his own cocktail bar in Austin, Texas, into one of the city’s hottest accounts. That same year, Lavenue was named Food & Wine’s Best New Mixologist and Eater’s 2015 Bartender of the Year.
They’re goin’ places
2014 winner Ran Duan transformed his family-owned business — a traditional mom-and-pop Chinese restaurant just outside of Boston — into one of the most talked about cocktail bars in the nation in the wake of his victory.
“As we celebrate our 10th anniversary milestone, I am excited to see what new competition and level of cocktail artistry this year brings,” said Ned Duggan, vice president and managing director for Bombay Sapphire gin. “It’s an honor to be a part of such an instrumental competition that continues to grow and provide a platform for emerging talent across the country. Rowland’s An Uncommon Perspective is true innovation, and I look forward to seeing what she comes up with in London.”
For more information on the competition, visit http://www.mostimaginative bartender.com.