Lure Fishbar's Josue Gonzalez Wins Botran Mixology Showdown

Botran winners Josue Gonzalez and Lauren Sosnowsky with International Bartender of the Year, Simone Caporale.
Botran winners Josue Gonzalez and Lauren Sosnowsky with International Bartender of the Year, Simone Caporale.
All photos by Laine Doss

Yesterday's Botran Mixology Showdown at Miami Beach's Lure Fishbar proved to be an extreme battle between eight of Miami's most talented bartenders.

In the end, Lure Fishbar's Josue "Joshua" Gonzalez's Guatamalan Flip, a mashup between a Cuba Libre and a classic egg-white flip, won yesterday's competition, snagging the mixologist a visit to the rum distillery in Guatamala in the process. Lauren Sosnowsky of Earl's Kitchen & Bar in Kendall took second place (and a check for $2,500) for her unnamed tribute to Canada.

See also: Lure Fishbar's Nautical Cocktails: We Try Them All

The intense competition, hosted by International Bartender of the Year Simone Caporale, started with eight contestants including Luna Bertolotti (Perfecto), Jamal Giles (Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill), Olaf Kohrsmeyer (TK's at The Villa Mayfair), Steve Rollins (660 at The Angler's), Mario Santisteban (The Metropolitan by Como), and Derek Stilman (Pubbelly), each charged with crafting a cocktail made with Botran Rum for a panel of judges that included Christine Najac (South Florida Food & Wine); Paula Echevarria (The Tasting Table); Bernard Waters (The Broken Shaker); Lazaro Carbajal (Botran Rum); and myself. Bartenders were scored on personality and drinks were awarded points for appearance, taste, aroma, and overall originality.

Lure Fishbar's Josue Gonzalez Wins Botran Mixology Showdown

Perfecto's Luna Bertolotti shakes a Catalan peach creation.

Lure Fishbar's Josue Gonzalez Wins Botran Mixology Showdown

Mario Santisteban's (Metropolitan by Como) advanced to another round for his mystery volcano, a spicy passion fruit cocktail topped with coconut foam.

 

Lure Fishbar's Josue Gonzalez Wins Botran Mixology Showdown

Lure Fishbar's Josue Gonzalez grating nutmeg, the secret ingredient to be used in the final cocktail.

Lure Fishbar's Josue Gonzalez Wins Botran Mixology Showdown

Earl's Kitchen & Bar's Lauren Sosnowsky created cocktails themed around her Canadian home including a Harvest Moon, a pine cone-scented drink.

Lure Fishbar's Josue Gonzalez Wins Botran Mixology Showdown

The two final cocktails side by side. In the end, Gonzalez' flip (right), a boozy take on a Coke float, won the title over Sosnowsky's unnamed cocktail of orange, rum, nutmeg, and chocolate bitters.

Follow Laine Doss on Twitter @LaineDoss and Facebook.

Follow Short Order on Facebook, Twitter @Short_Order, and Instagram @ShortOrder.

Use Current Location

Related Location

miles
Lure Fishbar

1601 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

305-695-4550

lurefishbar.com


Sponsor Content

Newsletters

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories
    Send:

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >