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Meet the Most Imaginative Bartender Finalists: East

September 28, 2019

Story: Punch Staff

photos: Eric Medsker

The four bartenders from the East advancing to the Most Imaginative Bartender national finals.

We are thrilled to announce the four bartenders from the East who will be advancing to the national finals of the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition presented by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin. In a day of intense competition in Philadelphia, 12 top bartenders hailing from Miami to Montreal, New Orleans to New York went head-to-head. Their drinks were judged by Dr. Anne Brock (master distiller for Bombay Gin), Ms. Franky Marshall (New York) and Justin Lavenue (Austin). All of the bartenders brought their skill, creativity and passion for the craft, but only four could move forward.

These four finalists will join the regional champions from West and Central in October on a trip to Laverstoke, England, to tour the distillery and experience the home of Bombay Gin. And in February 2020, the 12 finalists from the U.S. and Canada will compete for the title of Most Imaginative Bartender. We wish them the best of luck.

MIB East Keyatta-Mincey-Parker

Cocktail: Eve’s Pot Liquor
City: Atlanta
Creative passion: Community gardening

MIB East Mark-Tubridy

Cocktail: Songbird
City: New York
Creative passion: Playing and mixing music

MIB East Maggie Morgan

Cocktail: Rule of Thirds
City: New Orleans
Creative passion: Curating community art shows for members of the hospitality industry

MIB East Derek-Stilmann

Cocktail: Culture to Culture
City: Miami
Creative passion: Anthropology and the study of the connections behind human culture

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