Mandarine Napoléon RETURNS TO CONQUER TALES OF THE COCKTAIL
Eight of the country’s best bartenders go head-to-head in the Third Annual Imperial Battle of the Sexes
The legendary 19th century citrus liqueur hosts a Dynamic Duo happy hour featuring Tales of The Cocktail founders Ann and Paul Tuennerman with Mandarine Napoléon brand owner Marc de Kuyper
MIAMI (July 6, 2015) – Mandarine Napoléon, the 19th century citrus liqueur created for Napoléon Bonaparte, will conquer the streets of New Orleans during Tales of the Cocktail 2015 with two not-to-be-missed events at the Napoleon House. Beginning with the Third Annual Imperial Battle of the Sexes on Wednesday, July 15th, followed by an unexpected Dynamic Duo happy hour on Thursday, July 16th, Tales attendees are sure to feel the presence of the notorious French emperor.
Third Annual Imperial Battle of the Sexes
Wednesday, July 15, 3pm–6pm
Napoleon House, 500 Chartres Street
In the spirit of Napoleon’s epic battles, Mandarine Napoléon will bring to Tales of the Cocktail this year the battle of all battles – man vs. woman in the Third Annual Mandarine Napoléon Imperial Battle of the Sexes.
In this truly unique event, taking place on Wednesday, July 15th at the Napoleon House, eight of the best male and female bartenders from around the country will battle it out and create original Mandarine Napoléon cocktails, with guests in attendance voting to determine their fate. Each bartender will have their own station to serve their original cocktail, while strategically soliciting votes. Guests will be able to try all cocktails presented and enjoy New Orleans style cuisine featuring Mandarine Napoléon. In addition to the audience votes, teams will also face-off in challenges that test their knowledge, creativity and skill.
Overseeing this epic clash will be brand owner Marc de Kuyper, the infamous John Lermayer, who returns once again to host the Battle of The Sexes, and Alex Straus from The Bon Vivants. Mathias Simonis and Jacyara De Oliveira from The Bon Vivants will preside as team captains. At the end, one sex will be determined the winner and hailed as the conquerors. Will the women take their title back this year? Or will the men hold on to their crown?
Representing the women are: Erin Hayes (Chicago, Lost Lake), Nicole Lebedevitch (Boston, The Hawthorne), Julia Momose (Chicago, The Office) and Tess Anne Sawyer (NY, Mother’s Ruin). In the men’s corner are: Rob Crabtree (Houston, Goode Company), Adam Delguicci (Miami, Rec Room), Dev Johnson (New York, Employees Only) and Nectaly Mendoza (Las Vegas, Herbs + Rye).
The victorious team will receive a significant donation made on their behalf to the charity of their choice.
*This is an invite only event. Members of the press must RSVP to attend: email@example.com
Featuring Ann and Paul Tuennerman with Mandarine Napoléon brand owner Marc De Kuyper
Thursday, July 16, 4pm–6pm
Napoleon House, 500 Chartres Street
As part of the Dynamic Duos event series, Mandarine Napoléon brand owner and 11th generation De Kuyper, Marc De Kuyper, will join forces with none other than Tales of The Cocktail Founders Ann and Paul Tuennerman behind the bar to craft delicious Mandarine Napoléon cocktails at the Napoleon House, a 200-year-old New Orleans landmark. This epic happy hour is a not-to-be-missed experience at Tales of The Cocktail this year!
About Mandarine Napoléon
Mandarine Napoléon (SRP $37.50) is an exquisite, well-balanced blend of mandarins and refined 10-year-old aged cognac. Dating back to the early 1800s and its roots stemming from the hands of Napoléon Bonaparte, the liqueur’s history is as rich as its distinctive flavor. The drink was custom made for Napoléon Bonaparte after the emperor came across the chemist Antoine-François de Fourcroy, known for his extraordinary skill of distilling. It was not until 1892, after the two had died, that the liqueur was introduced to the public. Mandarine Napoléon is currently found in well over 100 countries and relaunched in United States in 2011. Mandarine Napoléon is the first liqueur composed of mandarins and cognac, permitting a smooth taste, as opposed to the sour flavor encountered in other citrus-based liqueurs. The drink is composed of only natural ingredients.
Mandarine Napoléon has earned numerous rewards and praise, including a 5-star-rating by Simon Difford of Class Magazine, 94 points from Wine Enthusiast’s February 2012 Buying Guide, a Spirits Gold Medal at WSWA Tasting Competition 2013, an International Craft Awards 2013 Gold Medal, a Gold Medal at the 2013 Spirits International Prestige (SIP) Awards in the Fruit Liqueur category, and a Gold Medal and Best in Category Award for Liqueurs at the 2013 San Diego Spirits Festival International Spirits Competition.
About Royal Dutch Distillers
Royal Dutch Distillers is a Miami-based branch of the De Kuyper Royal Distillers brand. Marc De Kuyper, an 11th generation De Kuyper, currently stands as the company’s president. It is an importing company that distributes and markets the De Kuyper ultra-premium liqueurs and specialty, award-winning products, including Mandarine Napoléon, ChocoWine, and its most recent launch, Rutte & Son.
About De Kuyper Royal Distillers
Founded in 1695, the 100% family-owned De Kuyper Royal Distillers is an innovative international company, which develops a wide-range of premium quality craft spirits. It is one of the oldest family businesses in Europe. The DEKUYPER brand is the world’s largest brand of cocktail liqueurs. De Kuyper exports to more than 100 countries.