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Mixologist to make Hennessy Jamaica 50 cocktail

Published:Tuesday | March 27, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Hennessy Cognac is in search of a very special bartender to create the perfect Hennessy VS - Jamaica 50 cocktail. The bartender who creates this cocktail will be named the official Hennessy Jamaica Mixologist for 2012.

To find this very special bartender and cocktail, J. Wray & Nephew Limited, the official distributors of Hennessy Cognac in Jamaica, will be hosting a series of Hennessy Bartender Competitions covering Ocho Rios, Negril, Montego Bay and Kingston in April.

For a chance to be awarded this prestigious title, applicants are asked to submit two original recipes to J. Wray & Nephew Limited. Successful applicants will be invited to the regional finals to compete for a spot in the grand finals in Kingston on April 24.

Competition judges

The panel of judges, including Hennessy Jamaica Brand Manager Debbian Spence-Minott, other representatives from J. Wray & Nephew Ltd and the local hospitality industry, will be looking for beautifully presented, simple but creative and tasty, original recipes that use local ingredients.

"We are looking for a mixologist with the talent, skill and charisma to be named the official Hennessy Mixologist for 2012," said Spence-Minott.

"We want to celebrate our country's 50th anniversary with an original, first-class cocktail made with Hennessy VS, which is the world's leading cognac, and Jamaica's finest local ingredients."

The Hennessy Bartender Competition regional finals will take place in Ocho Rios at Ocean's 11 on April 16, in Montego Bay at Pier One on April 17 (for Montego Bay and Negril) and in St Andrew (for Kingston) at Macau on April 19.

The winners of the three regional finals will compete in the grand final on April 24 at J. Wray & Nephew Limited in St Andrew.

Regional winners will be awarded with a cash prize of $10,000, a trophy, a Hennessy cocktail kit and a gift basket.

The winner at the grand final will be awarded the title of Official Hennessy Mixologist for one year, and will work at various Hennessy and J. Wray & Nephew events throughout the year.

The winner will also receive $50,000, a trophy and other prizes from J. Wray & Nephew Limited and Hennessy Cognac.

All applicants must have a valid Jamaica food handler's permit, and should not have an existing contract with any other wine and spirits company. Hennessy VS Cognac should be the only spirit that is used in their cocktail.

Applicants must submit their original recipes to or to Hennessy Jamaica 50th Cocktails at J. Wray & Nephew Limited, 243 Spanish Town Road, Kingston 11, no later than March 30.