The Rieger’s Brock Schulte to compete in the Regional Bacardi Legacy Bartending Competition

Last night, 10 of the top bartenders in the region — including the Rieger’s Brock Schulte and Bluestem’s Andrew Olsen — went head-to-head in the Central Region round for the 2016 Bacardi Legacy Global Bartending Competition. Only two competitors would go on to compete in the next round — Regional Bacardi Legacy Finals, held in two weeks at the Mexico Bacardi Distillery in La Galarza. Nashville’s Jon Howard nabbed one spot — and Schulte got the other.

Schulte won for a cocktail called Birds of a Feather — a rum flip featuring Bacardi Ocho Años (the company’s 8-year rum), Pineau des Charentes (a French fortified wine with pear notes) and Schulte’s own wine-poached pear butter. After the win, I asked him to relay his inspiration for the drink.

“The whole thing is about building a legacy, and that I kind of felt, personally, that you never know how much your legacy can mean until you have someone to leave it to,” Schulte told me after the win. “I’m referencing family, you know — newborn son and all — and that’s when I kind of went into the history of Bacardi. It’s the largest family-owned and -run business in the world. And that drink is damn delicious.”

Cheers, Brock — rep KC well in Mexico!

1-1/4 ounces Bacardi Ocho Años
1 ounce Pineau des Charentes
3/4 ounce lemon juice

1/2 ounce egg white
1 ounce wine-poached pear butter (similar to apple butter)
1 bar spoon of Agrumato lemon oil
Pear chip garnish

See also:
Brock Schulte takes over the bar program at the Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange
Drink This Now: Fatboy Sling at the Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange

Categories: Food & Drink