Cointreau Ambassador of Libations - Cannes Fim Festival 2013


On Tuesday, September 11th, The Brixton hosted the San Francisco regional finals for the Cointreau Ambassador of Libations - Cannes Film Festival 2013 competition. The event consisted of two main rounds, the first being an open tasting where all eight mixologists offered their qualifying recipes to event guests. This round gave attendees the chance to vote on their favorite cocktail and name a crowd favorite. The second round was an "Iron Chef" style competition in which the mixologists competed head-to-head for 20 minutes using a secret ingredient chosen by Cointreau. Following the two stages of competition, the judges added their scores along with the crowd's votes to come up with the winners. John Britton was named the Crowd Favorite, while Joel Teitelbaum took the overall win and will be moving on to the championships in New York City where the final winner will be determined and go on to represent Cointreau at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in France.

The Brixton's dim lighting, funky wallpaper, and beautiful dark wood bar offered the perfect ambiance for this event. Pops of bright Cointreau orange throughout the venue contrasted nicely with the rich colors of the restaurant. 

Photos: Moanalani Jeffrey Photography


1. Joel Teitelbaum (Winner) | San Francisco | Five Rings

Second Round: San Tropez Rose

Glass: Coupe

Garnish: Blood orange Rose(made with a curled blood orange peel)

1 1/2 oz Macallen 10 yr

3/4 Cointreau

3/4 Carpano Antica

1/2 oz Blood orange Juice

Muddled Blood orange Peel

2. John Britton (Crowd Favorite) | San Francisco

First Round: Club 55

Glass: Highball

Garnish: Horse's neck spiral of orange peel

1 oz. Cointreau

1 oz. dry vermouth

1/2 oz. orange juice

4 ox. Orangina

3. Yael Amyra | San Francisco | Soleil Sour

4. Meryll Cawn | Fairfield | St. Tropez Sling

5. Keli Rivers | San Francisco | Fine & Dandy

6. Shaher Misif | San Francisco | Last of the Oaxacan’s

7. Benjamin Smith | Lodi | The Black Swan

8. Brian Means | San Ramon | La Nouvelle Vague


  • Brooke Arthur  - Brand Advocate for Cointreau
  • Frank Jakuba - Cointreau
  • H. Joseph Ehrmann - Proprietor, Elixir &  National Ambassador, United States Bartenders Guild
  • Allie Pape - Food & Drink Contributor, 7X7


  • Hooman - Alice Radio 97.3
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