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Daiquiri Season Announces the 2016 Duke and Duchess of the Daiquiri

Seaworthy and The Catahoula’s Rooftop Bar Take the Top Prize in the First Ever Daiquiri Season Daiquiri Competition
The Winning Daiquiris of Daiquiri Season 2016.

New Orleans, LA — September 13, 2016 — On Tuesday, September 13, 2016 a lively crowd gathered at ACE Hotel New Orleans as the first ever Duke and Duchess of Daiquiri Season were named. Bounce legend Big Freedia, Cuban bartender Julio Cabrera, Willa Jean chef Lisa White and writer Jennifer V. Cole all worked together to name the winners of the best daiquiris of Daiquiri Season. 43 restaurants and bars submitted recipes for the first annual competition and were narrowed down to to the top 12, 6 in frozen and 6 in non-frozen. The judges tasted the top 12 submissions on Monday, September 12th and voted for their favorites based on taste, overall presentation and other categories.

Seaworthy, a new restaurant and bar in downtown New Orleans, won in the non-frozen category with their drink, “Good Ships, Wood Ships” along with The Catahoula’s rooftop bar which took the frozen category for their “Rum Cannonball” daiquiri.

“The bartenders in New Orleans never make it easy on judges. We were overwhelmed by the thought and care that went into every daiquiri,” said Ann Tuennerman, Founder of Tales of the Cocktail. “I just love that two relatively new bars burst on the scene with some incredible cocktails that made them daiquiri royalty.”

Daiquiri in a cocktail coupe glass Seaworthy New Orleans adds complexity and dimension to the daiquiri with the addition of Genepy des Alpes and Giffard Creme de Pamplemousse Rose.

Seawothy’s submission “Good Ships, Wood Ships” featured El Dorado 5 Year Rum and Giffard Creme de Pamplemousse Rose for a light and refreshing sipper. The Catahoula’s frozen concoction featured a house made Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Liqueur and Cane Run Rum for an elevated take on a traditional frozen daiquiri.

“We are thrilled to go down in the books as having the first winning frozen daiquiri of Daiquiri Season! We love the concept of the event because it brings more love and attention to the humble frozen drink," says Nathan Dalton, the food and beverage director at The Catahoula. “We think it's a little under appreciated in most cocktail bars but happens to be our bread and butter. Long live the frozen daiquiri!”

Catahoula's Rum Cannonball, a frozen daiquiri Catahoula's tropical-inspired frozen Rum Cannonball blends pineapple, falernum, lime juice and — of course — rum. Photo: Sharon Pye Photography.

The winners were presented with the title of Duke and Duchess of the Daiquiri and crowned by Big Freedia and the remaining judges at the ceremony on Tuesday afternoon. Daiquiri Season continues all September and all 43 daiquiris still have the chance to win as voting for the fan favorite daiquiri is taking place all month on the Daiquiri Season website. A fan favorite winner in both the frozen and non-frozen categories will be announced at the end of the month.

For all of the Daiquiri Season recipes and images or to schedule an interview with Ann Tuennerman, founder of Daiquiri Season, please contact Lauren Lagarde at 985.778.6811 or by email at laurenlagarde@gmail.com. For more information on Daiquiri Season events or participating bars please visit DaiquiriSeason.com.

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