MIA vs NYC at Rum Mixology Contest

A rum showdown will be shaking things up in Miami!

Top U.S. rum mixologists will face off next Thursday at the first-ever Ron Abuelo and Rum Jumbie Mixology Contest at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne.  The contest will take place at the resort’s RUMBAR, known for its impressive rum selection that includes more than 50 rums from 18 countries.

New York winner Paolo Votano of Bocca di Bacco will challenge mixologists from Miami’s top bars and lounges including RUMBAR, Plunge of Gansevoort South Beach, the Living Room Bar of W South Beach, 8 oz. Burger Bar, The Setai and The Florida Room at The Delano.

Each contestant has 15 minutes to create two cocktails incorporating Ron Abuelo Añejo premium Panamanian rum and Rum Jumbie Splash, a flavored rum from St. Maarten.  They will be judged by a panel of spirit and cocktail experts.  The winner will earn the title of Top Rum Mixologist and win a trip to Panama to visit the Varela Hermanos distillery.

The vintage Havana atmosphere will be complete with Cuban-inspired light fare and live music from Grupo Nostalgia, a four-piece Latin band clad in white dinner jackets and bowties.

The Ron Abuelo and Rum Jumbie Mixology Contest will be held on Thursday, October 15th from 6 to 8pm.  Entrance is free, with a cash bar.

The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne is located at 455 Grand Bay Drive.