kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Tales' official cocktail

Tales of the Cocktail just announced the winning bartender and recipe for their annual competition to determine the official cocktail of the event. Maksym Pazuniak. a mixologist at Rambla and Cure, won over the judges with his julep featuring Cruzan Single Barrel Estate Rum, Rhum Clement Creole Shrubb, Captain Morgan 100 Proof, Peach Fee Brothers Bitters, Angosutura Bitters, fresh mint and Demerara sugar.

"The Mint Julep was the drink that put American mixology on the map, the thing that foreigners pointed to when they wanted to say something nice about the rough-and-tumble new nation on the western shore of the Atlantic. And originally, like most American inventions, it allowed for plenty of individuality and improvisation. With this contest, the Julep is back," said author and cocktail historian David Wondrich.

Maksym's cocktail will be served throughout Tales of the Cocktail, July 8-12 and will be featured in the summer issue of Culinary Concierge Magazine and on

Creole Julep
Created by Maksym Pazuniak, Cure/Rambla
2 1/4 oz. Cruzan Single Barrel Estate Rum
1/2 oz. Clement Creole Shrubb
1/4 oz. Captain Morgan 100
2 dashes Fee Bros. Peach bitters
2 dashes angostura bitters
8-10 mint leaves1 Demerara Sugar Cube

Muddle sugar, Creole Shrubb and bitters until sugar is dissolved in a 10 oz. tall glass. Add mint and press to express oils. Add cracked ice. Add Cruzan and Captain Morgan 100 and stir until frost appears on outside of glass. Garnish with mint sprig.