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2014 Tales of the Cocktail Official Cocktail Competition Winner is Joe Cammarata

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Joseph Cammarata

After sampling hundreds of recipes created by bartenders from around the world, Tales of the Cocktail and Mutineer Magazine are proud to announce the winner of the 2014 Official Cocktail Competition: Joe Cammarata from Backbar in Somerville, Massachusetts with his Hurricane Caesar. Cammarata’s creation trumpeted the Hurricane 2.0 by Naren Young (Bacchanal in New York City) and the Island Slingshot by David Delany Jr. (Grandpa Johnson’s in Los Angeles). The Hurricane Caesar will be featured in an upcoming edition of Mutineer Magazine and will be honored throughout Tales of the Cocktail 2014, being held in New Orleans July 16-20.

“I am extremely honored and excited to have the Hurricane Caesar selected as the Official Cocktail of Tales of the Cocktail. As a huge rum nerd, it’s mind-blowing to know that Beachbum Berry, Wayne Curtis, and Ian Burrell chose my drink,” said Joe Cammarata.

This year’s competition challenged bartenders to reimagine one of the most famous New Orleans cocktails: The Hurricane. While creativity and innovation were required, any submission had to include a base spirit with a minimum of one rum and passion fruit in order to remain true to the original Hurricane recipe. Tales of the Cocktail received 240 submissions from around the world and were judged by a panel of cocktail and Tiki experts including Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, Ian Burrell and Wayne Curtis.

“The Hurricane Caesar is an appropriately creative updating of a New Orleans classic,” said Wayne Curtis. “The West Indies, New England, and Europe all conspire to produce a summer-worthy drink.”

The Hurricane is a drink born out of necessity. During the 1940’s, liquor distributors forced bars to buy large quantities of rum if they wanted to purchase the more popular scotches and whiskies. Needing to get rid of all the rum they had in stock, Pat O’Brien’s bar in New Orleans created the Hurricane by mixing different types of rum with passion fruit to create a potent yet refreshing drink that was perfect for hot and humid New Orleans. The concoction derives its name from the hurricane-lamp shaped glass it is traditionally served in.

For more information about Tales of the Cocktail or to get your tickets to this summer’s events, visit TalesoftheCocktail.com.

Hurricane Caesar


1.5 oz. Bacardi 8 Rum
1.0 oz. Rhum Clement V.S.O.P.
1.0 oz. Passion Fruit- Honey Syrup (2 parts Dafruta Passion Fruit Concentrate: 1 part Clover Honey; 1 part water)
0.75 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
0.50 Orgeat Syrup (Recipe from Beachbum Berry Remixed)
0.50 oz. Campari

Combine all ingredients except Campari in Boston Shaker and shake with ice. Strain into Hurricane glass and top with crushed ice. Top with 0.50 oz. of Campari and serve with straws.

Garnish with grated nutmeg and a metal sword skewer stabbing a maraschino cherry through a lime wheel.

“I created the Hurricane Caesar on the Ides of March for a drink of the day at Backbar. The idea was to capture Caesar’s stabbing on the Senate floor. Adding the Campari to the drink adds a beautiful balance with the tropical fruit as well as it represents Caesar’s blood,” said Joe Cammarata.


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