A few months ago,Robert Montero
, mixologist at Clarke's, traveled to New Orleans to represent Miami in the Marie Brizard USA Cocktail Challenge atTales of the Cocktail
Back in May, Montero snagged the Marie Brizard Cocktail Challenge semifinals in Miami with his Sunny Crusta. That won him the opportunity to compete against the nation's best bartender for the U.S. championship and a trip to France to represent the United States in the worldwide finals.
Though Montero was up against the best bartenders in the United States,
his Sunny Crusta was no match and Montero emerged victorious. Montero
walked away with a giant check for $1,000.
In case you didn't get
a chance to get to Tales of the Cocktail, watch this video that
highlights Montero's mad mixing skills and check out the recipe so you
can attempt one at home.
Robert Montero's Sunny Crusta
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1 1/2 ounces Tequila Ocho
3/4 ounces Marie Brizard Blackberry Brandy
1/2 ounce Marie Brizard Orange Curacao
1/2 ounce lime juice
3/4 ounce grapefruit juice
1/2 ounce agave nectar
Shake ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Strain into a chilled, sugar-rimmed, iced wine glass. Garnish with a twist of orange and a blackberry.