Elixir Tropical is a tropical cocktail created byÂ Maurizio La Spina, made for the 2017 Bacardi Legacy CompetitionÂ andÂ the south European final will be held on the 27 and 28 February in Madrid.
The inspiration of theÂ cocktail comes from oneÂ simply question : What really is aâ€œtropical cocktailâ€? – it would be an elixir with the power to bring your mind toÂ a tropical island. It is a celebration of the great golden age of Cuban cocktails and a tribute for the keystone of tropical mixology â€œthe Daiquiriâ€.
Maurizio La Spina is a bartender / Italian entrepreneur, born in 1984 in Naples, one of the most famous cities in the world for the hospitality and the food, he studied economics and interior design and in the meantime to fund his studies began working in the bar of a beach, and there heÂ fell in love with bartending, public relations and tropical cocktails.
So he decided to leave his studies to devote himself full time to the art of bartending and then began to study, train and work in the best cocktail bar in his city and eventually much of Italy, fromÂ in the “S’Move cocktail bar” of Naples up to the “Billionaire” in Sardinia.
During a seminar on Tiki Culture with Daniele Dalla PolaÂ Maurizio literally received an illumination and decided to get deeperÂ into tropical and tiki drink mixing and created a project called “The Marama Project” that still unites many bartenders and Italian artists in dedicated events and also to the tropical tiki idea and createsÂ its own Tiki mug-line with Neapolitan artist /ceramist Catherine Cioce who has since founded a small company with handmade production of Tiki mugs called “Maka Tiki“.
A few weeks ago MaurizioÂ managed to pass the semi-finals of the National Bacardi Global Legacy Cocktail competition in 2017, and February 27 will be in Madrid for the southern Europe final with his drink called “Elixir Tropical” which is a tribute to the Most Holy Trinity, the “Daiquiri “- keystone of the whole tropical mixing and a celebration of the great golden age of Cuba.
Today he works in his training school for bartender’s in Naples as a teacher and continues to study rum and tropical and tiki drinks.
It was through the gorgeous tiki mugs from the “Marama project” that I came in contact with Maurizio, I fell in love with the distinct style and design of these tiki mugs with all the details they have, and more of these mugs will come up on this blog later.
HereÂ´s the recipe of the Elixir Tropical:
60 ml Bacardi carta blanca
20 ml fresh lime juice
20 ml orgeat syrup
7,5 ml Luxardo Maraschino Liquor
2 mint leaves
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Shake and strain into a cocktail coupe and dust some fresh nutmeg on top.
I keep my thumbs for Maurizio in the Bacardi Legacy!