YANI FRYE CROWNED 2013 ANGOSTURA U.S. COCKTAIL CHALLENGE WINNER
On July 18, 2013, hundreds of beverage industry professionals gathered at The Joy Theatre in New Orleans as five finalists from across the country competed in the 2013 Angostura U.S. Cocktail Challenge. Winner Yani Frye of Detroit's The Sugar House, was awarded $5,000 cash prize and a trip to Trinidad, where he will represent the U.S. in the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge in February 2014.
Finalists had only seven minutes to prepare their two unique cocktail creations – one with Angostura aromatic bitters and Angostura rum, and another with Angostura aromatic bitters and the liquor of their own choice. The event judges, included Paul Tuennerman, Jennifer Contraveos and Daniyel Jones, last year's Global Cocktail Challenge Winner, evaluated each finalist on taste, creativity and presentation.
While Frye walked away with the grand prize, the real winner of the night was the craft of the cocktail. Angostura aromatic bitters looks forward to continuing to spotlight the brightest mixologists that create inventive cocktails for generations to come.
Please see below for a full list of the competition contestants, along with Frye's winning cocktail creations.
- Will Peet from NOMAD Hotel in New York, N.Y.
- Yani Frye from The Sugar House in Detroit, Mich. (WINNER)
- Nate Green from RM Seafood in Las Vegas, Nev.
- Krishna Vutla from Coco Laurent in Los Angeles, Calif.
- Michael Wyatt from Eastern Standard in Boston, Mass.
Yani Frye's winning cocktail creations:
The Room Key
1.5 oz Angostura 5 Yr. Rum
.5 oz elderflower liqueur
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz raw ginger syrup**
Shake, strain, Tall/collins glass with an ice spear, Top with soda.
Heavily top drink with Angostura aromatic bitters
**Raw juiced strained ginger juice 1:1 ratio to raw sugar by weight. Heat, Stir, Cool.
The Morning After
2 oz Angostura 5 Yr. Rum
.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz Maple syrup
Shake, strain, low ball/rocks glass no ice.
Top with Angostura aromatic bitters foam***
A very small dash, very lightly over top cayenne pepper.
***Angostura bitters reduced 25%
Add equal parts simple syrup by volume to create
***"Ango. reduction syrup" Foam
In an isi Whip, add 7 oz "Ango. reduction syrup", 8 oz egg whites,
Shake, two No2 charges, keep cold.