Valentino Longo, the Head Bartender at Four
Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club in Florida, has been named as North
America’s Most Imaginative Bartender presented by Bombay Sapphire
From New Orleans to Texas, and all the way
north of the border in Ontario, Canada, twelve finalists made the
trip to Chicago to participate in the competition, but it was the creative genius behind Le Sirenuse Champagne
Bar who won the annual competition.
Prior to the final round, Valentino participated
in a series of competitions across the United States, including in
Nashville and his current home, Miami. His talent and
creativity brought him to the grand finale where he participated
in three challenges - the Botanical Stage, the Canvas Challenge and the Final Cocktail Challenge.
The finalists were instructed to craft an original, new and
innovative gin cocktail to present to the judges in under seven
minutes. His final cocktail, The Decisive Moment used Bombay
Sapphire Gin, fortified bergamot and sherry lactic blend,
garnished with two drops of coconut olive oil and two drops of
"Competing with eleven of the best bartenders in
the US has been not just a privilege, but a true honour," said
Valentino. "We all learned how much we can give and how much we
believe in ourselves but mostly, we learned that we're true
artists in what we do in and outside of the bar. Thank you to
Bombay Sapphire and Tales of the Cocktail for giving us a platform
to express ourselves, reaching spaces that we didn't even know we
could. Thank you for believing in this industry."
Le Sirenuse Champagne Bar is open
Sunday through Thursday from 15:00 to midnight, and Friday
through Saturday from 15:00 to 00:30.