Annarose Krone wins online Licor 43 competition

28th October, 2020 by Owen Bellwood

American bartender Annarose Krone was crowned the winner of this year’s Licor 43 Bartenders and Baristas Challenge, which took place online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Annarose Krone from LA bar Nic’s on Beverly won the 2020 Bartenders and Baristas Challenge

The competition, held in a digital format for 2020, was presented live on Facebook on 23 October. During the contest, Krone triumphed with her Deja Brew cocktail, which combined Licor 43 with blended Scotch, chocolate bitters, dark roast espresso and raspberries.

Krone, who works at Los Angeles venue Nic’s on Beverly, impressed the judging panel, comprising of cocktail and coffee experts Simon Difford and Timon Kaufmann, and coffee educator Merijn Gijsbers.

Aidan Jordan Tibbins from Kore bar in Wigan, UK, took second place with his Bean There Licor That cocktail, and Berenice Morales from Hotel St Regis in Mexico City was voted third.

Difford said: “Despite the limitations imposed by Covid-19, Licor 43 has for a fourth year challenged bartenders and baristas to create imaginative Licor 43 and coffee cocktails.

“The recipes ranged from long to short and creamy to spirituous. The winning cocktail, by Annarose Krone is a Scotch whisky-based riff on an Espresso Martini while the third-placed cocktail by Berenice Morales cleverly used Greek yoghurt to produce a light cocktail that is equally suited to enjoying as a dessert alternative and is refreshing on a hot afternoon. Bartenders also demonstrated their sense of humour with pun names such as second place Bean There Licor That by Aiden Tibbins.”

The 2020 edition marked the fourth Licor 43 Baristas & Bartenders Challenge, which tasks bartenders and coffee professionals with pairing Licor 43 with coffee.

Julian Fernandez, global marketing and innovation director of spirits at brand owner Zamora Company, said: “It’s certainly been a strange year and we are thrilled with the effort that the entrants have put into their creations this year.

“Our competition is just as much about paying tribute to the imagination and expertise of both bartenders and baristas as it is about challenging them to show us, once again, just how well Licor 43 pairs with coffee. We can only say many thanks to all participants in this digital year.”

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