Held at the Miami South Beach Food & Wine Festival, on February 25th,2011, sponsored by the Food Network and Southern Wine & Spirits. Link above to 4 O site.
a HUGE Thank You to Chester Brandes, Timo Sutinen, Christian Castren, Brad Coughlin, Michael Meany,Paul Massey, Daneille Copeland and Carolina Marino,Joe Colucci
Eva Vanessa Toruno, for making this event, so classy and exciting. I am proud and honored to have been a part of such a wonderful event working with a team of owners, VP's and Marketing specialists that made this all happen.
I'd also like to thank Preiss Imports (link here) for providing me with product..Thank you Mario, Henry, Tony, Keith, Rachel & Maurice!
My cocktail "Julius' Temple" was inspired by 2 of the 4 Oranges themselves. Julius came to me as it would to a visionary Italian bartendress..Hail Caesar!Valencia Oranges are used as are Hamlin and Parsons Brown,,,a nice Priest, lover of oranges, to create 4 Orange Vodka..no wheat, no rye, strictly distilled from oranges.
My recipe was submitted on a whim, with a vision, tasting Amaretto, Benedictine, fresh OJ and half&half on my palate before creation. I have always enjoyed the Orange Julius drink. I literally saw my drink as a ruler of oranges on a throne over looking an kingdom grove of oranges! Hence JULIUS' TEMPLE..
At 3am, prior to boarding my plane, it accured to me that I should do a little research of Orange Julius..just in case. There had to be more to the drink that I thought..low and behold..
In 1928, Julius Freed and his best friend, Bill Hamlin, started an Orange Juice stand, selling fresh OJ, but Bills sensitive stomach called for some cream. Thirsty customers shouted "More Orange Julius !!"
Hence the creation of ORANGE JULIUS, and now 200 shops across the USA. Bill Hamlin, may be responsible for one of the Oranges in the 4 Orange Vodka, HAMLIN ORANGES..we are waiting for confirmation. I felt a shiver run up and down my back..when I read HAMLINS name..IS this a coincedence or divine intervention? Who knows..but here is the WINNING 2nd place.
JULIUS' TEMPLE COPYWRITED CENT'ANNI COCKTAILS
1.5 oz 4 Orange Premium Vodka
.75 Luxardo Amaretto di Saschira
0.5 Dom Benedictine
2.0 oz Fresh Valenica Orange Juice
1.0 oz Half & Half
The garnish is my HAND Spun sugar basket gilded in 24 K Italian Gold Powder. The sugar was colored orange while cooking.
Molecular Spheres, made with Midori and Ginger
2005: 1st place award "MENAGE' Au POIRE'" can be read here.
2007, 1st place award " VALENTINO", here as written by Gary Regan
2008 1st place award "Spring Fever"