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BEST OF SHOW

Mixologist: Natalia Cardenas

Mixologist Title: Beverage Development Manager

Mixologist Company: Breakthru Beverage

Natalia is a BAR 5-Day graduate, a Certified Spirits Specialist and has completed the Introductory Sommelier Course and Evaluation through the Court of Master Sommeliers. She has been recognized in leading spirits trade publications such as The Tasting Panel magazine and Bar Business magazine for her industry knowledge and creativity behind the bar. Her personal philosophy and mission is to allow wine and spirits knowledge to be fun and approachable, and not intimidating because the more we learn about the terroir, geography and production of wine and spirits, the more we realize that the tapestry of our human history can be told through them.
As former President of the Illinois chapter of the United States Bartender’s Guild and current Beverage Development Manager at Breakthru Beverage, Natalia is a dedicated industry champion, committed to educating the trade and giving them the tools to succeed. In her spare time, she volunteers with ChicagoCares, is on the board at her local Toastmasters Club and is a proud member of the Professional Women’s Club of Chicago.
APERITIF
Cocktail Name:
MELROSE BEACH
Ingredients:
1 oz Jimador Reposado
0.5 oz Beet juice
0.5 Honey Syrup
0.5 oz. Simple syrup
0.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in shaker tin. Add ice and strain into glass over large rocks glass.
Glassware:
Short rocks glass
Garnish:
Dehydrated orange wheels
LONG DRINK
Cocktail Name:
5TH & MERIDIEN
Ingredients:
1.5 oz. Three Sheets Barrel Aged Rum
0.5 oz. Orgeat
0.5 oz. Simple syrup
0.75 oz. Lime juice
1 bar spoon The Perfect Puree Strawberry Puree
1 bar spoon Watermelon Powder
Fever Tree Club soda
Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in shaker tin. Add ice and strain into Collins glass over crushed ice.
Glassware:
Collins
Garnish:
Cocktail umbrella, microplaned satsuma oranges

BEST APERITIF

Mixologist: Troy Clarke

Mixologist Title: Director of Mixology & Spirits Education

Mixologist Company: Martignetti Companies

Cocktail: WORK BREAK

Ingredients:
1.5 oz. Manzilla
0.5 oz. Otto’s Athens Vermouth
1 oz Strawberry infused Galliano L’Aperitivo
0.5 oz. Passion fruit
0.5 oz. Lemon
0.5 oz. Honey syrup
Instructions: Shake and strain into Steelite Coupe
Garnish: Lemon, grapefruit, edible fuchsia
Glassware: Steelite Coupe
Troy Clarke

Director of Mixology & Spirits Education

Martignetti Companies

Troy Clarke is the Director of Mixology and Education, Martignetti Companies and Co- Owner of Twelve24 Cocktails. He also served as President of the United States Bartenders Guild, Boston Chapter (2011-2014). He brings over 20 years of experience in the Restaurant and Hospitality Industry; ranging from time behind the bar, to years of Executive, Food & Beverage Management, and countless hours of continued education in the field.

As the Founder & Co-Owner of Twelve24 Cocktails, Clarke sets out to create thoughtfully designed and carefully crafted apparel and tools for bartenders and industrial professionals. Prior to Martignetti, Clarke held numerous leadership titles including Director of Food & Beverage, Banquets Director and Director of Outlets at various well-respected hospitality companies including; Sonesta Collection, The Ritz-Carlton, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Marcus Hotels & Resorts, among others.

Troy’s passion for the beverage industry grew through his many years working in restaurants, serving people across the country. His drive to continually learn and share his knowledge has led him to completing the 5-day BAR program in NYC along with Spirit Certification with the United States Bartenders Guild, and various wine certifications with Court of Masters and International Sommelier Guild. With an affinity for high quality ingredients and the total creativity that recipe design allows, Troy loves both creating original cocktails as well as cultivating the classics.

As Director of Mixology for Martignetti, his passion and experience serves establishments throughout New England. Troy provides inspired and tailored cocktail design, and professional bartender training to take any account to the next level of total service and efficiency.

Now in its third generation of ownership by the Martignetti family, Martignetti Companies is firmly committed to enhancing our long-term partnerships with customers and suppliers by continuing to deliver the highest quality service and brand building capabilities. We are a leading distributor of wine and spirits throughout New England, offering the broadest selection of fine wines and spirits in the marketplace, from unique artisanal producers to global leading suppliers.

BEST LONG DRINK

Mixologist: Natalia Cardenas

Mixologist Title: Beverage Development Manager

Mixologist Company: Breakthru Beverage

Cocktail: 5TH & MERIDIEN

Ingredients:
1.5 oz. Three Sheets Barrel Aged Rum
0.5 oz. Orgeat
0.5 oz. Simple syrup
0.75 oz. Lime juice
1 bar spoon The Perfect Puree Strawberry Puree
1 bar spoon Watermelon Powder
Fever Tree Club soda
Instructions: Combine all ingredients in shaker tin. Add ice and strain into Collins glass over crushed ice.
Garnish: Cocktail umbrella, microplaned satsuma oranges
Glassware: Collins
Natalia Cardenas

Beverage Development Manager

Breakthru Beverage

Natalia is a BAR 5-Day graduate, a Certified Spirits Specialist and has completed the Introductory Sommelier Course and Evaluation through the Court of Master Sommeliers. She has been recognized in leading spirits trade publications such as The Tasting Panel magazine and Bar Business magazine for her industry knowledge and creativity behind the bar. Her personal philosophy and mission is to allow wine and spirits knowledge to be fun and approachable, and not intimidating because the more we learn about the terroir, geography and production of wine and spirits, the more we realize that the tapestry of our human history can be told through them.
As former President of the Illinois chapter of the United States Bartender’s Guild and current Beverage Development Manager at Breakthru Beverage, Natalia is a dedicated industry champion, committed to educating the trade and giving them the tools to succeed. In her spare time, she volunteers with ChicagoCares, is on the board at her local Toastmasters Club and is a proud member of the Professional Women’s Club of Chicago.

Breakthru Beverage Group is a leading North American beverage wholesaler driving innovation in the marketplace with a nimble and insightful approach to business. The company represents a portfolio of premier wine, spirit and beer brands in the United States and Canada. Family ownership is active in the business and committed to being stewards of heritage and champions of innovation.