Australia and New Zealand’s Most Sustainable Bartender has been crowned

Tuesday 12 September, saw the ANZ regional final of Flor de Caña’s Sustainable Cocktail Challenge take place with Andrea Marseglia from Teresa Cocktail Bar, Hawke’s Bay NZ being named ANZ’s Most Sustainable Bartender.

Hosted at Door Knock in Sydney by Mitch Townsend, the live finals featured a panel of expert judges including Natalie Ng, Evan Stroeve, and Priscilla Leong who tasted a line-up of sustainable drinks from regional winning bartenders.

The winning cocktail, L.O.C.A.L stands for Land of Change, Adapt & Learn, and celebrates Flor de Caña’s historic commitment to sustainability and inspires the industry to adapt to new habits.

With years of experience within the hospitality industry globally, Marseglia started his journey in a pizza restaurant in Italy before discovering his true passion for bartending.

After working in many prestigious establishments across Australia, Italy, the UK, and his current home in New Zealand, Marseglia now co-owns Teresa Cocktail Bar in Hawke’s Bay.

To create the L.O.C.A.L cocktail, Marseglia sourced left-over food products from local charities and his community to upcycle their potential waste for good.

With a base of Flor de Caña 12 Year Rum, Marseglia adds cocoa husk and Single Vineyard Syrah verjuice made from grapes given to him from a local winemaker, foraged local dandelion and mallow root.

Once made, the cocktail is poured into beeswax cups made by Hohepa, a not-for-profit organisation supporting people with intellectual disabilities through vocational programmes and creative workshops. Marseglia’s final touch, a QR code link which gave the opportunity to see the exact location of where the ingredients were sourced:

“It’s crucial for our community to actively minimise waste and incorporate eco-friendly practices whenever feasible,” said Marseglia.

“Flor de Caña’s Sustainable Cocktail Challenge is such a fantastic initiative that spreads the word and encourages others to get creative when it comes to reducing food waste in bars. I am super excited to see another group of sustainably made cocktails in Nicaragua. See you there!”

With over 30 countries involved in the global competition this year, Andrea will travel to Nicaragua in February to complete alongside some of the best global bartenders to win the title of World’s Most Sustainable Bartender and a $10,000 USD cash prize.

In addition to these achievements, the winner will also form part of Flor de Caña’s Sustainable Society Exchange Program, offering international guest shifts and masterclasses. Flor de Caña is a sustainably crafted premium rum that’s Carbon Neutral & Fair Trade certified.

From an 1890 family estate, it’s distilled with 100 per cent renewable energy and naturally aged at the base of an active volcano without sugar or artificial ingredients. The brand is recognized as a global leader in sustainability, receiving distinctions such as “Green Distillery of the Year” (Caribbean), “Ethical Award” (UK) and “Green Award” (Hong Kong).

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