Adam Fournier has been named as the 2021 U.S. World Class Bartender of the Year, after the first-ever digital version of the competition.
The United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) Presents World Class sponsored by Diageo tested the strength and talent of the nation’s top 50 bartenders over the five-day, four-challenge competition.
Fournier impressed judges with his innovative creations, keen attention to detail and creative showmanship to earn himself the honour of representing the U.S. in the global finals later this year in Madrid, Spain.
“It’s an incredible honour to be named U.S. Bartender of the Year. This success is not only my own, it’s a result of the amazing community around me, my World Class Collective,” said Adam Fournier. “After entering my first USBG Presents World Class sponsored by Diageo program five years ago, it has been part of my life ever since.
“The changes this year made it one of my favourite iterations of the competition because it allowed me to watch all of the amazing work that went into it. The level of talent from my fellow competitors was truly inspiring and helps me appreciate this win even more and want to represent them well as I continue my journey to the Global Finals.”
Two of Fournier’s award-winning cocktails are –
1 oz. Tanqueray 10
1 oz. Fino Sherry
1 oz. Almond Milk
1 oz. Concord Grape Juice
0.75 oz. Saba
0.5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin. Whip with three ice cubes. Double strain over crushed ice in a 13.25 oz. Poco style glass. Garnish with a mint plouche and straw. Cap with more crushed ice and finish with three carbonated grapes.
1.5 oz. Johnnie Walker Black Label
0.25 oz. Honey Syrup (2:1)
0.25 oz. Ginger Syrup (1:1)
0.5 oz. Fresh Lemon
0.5 oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice until fully diluted and aerated. Double strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Using a spray bottle, mist the top of the drink with Lagavulin 16. Garnish with two trimmed pineapple fronds.