Domaine de Canton Featured Tastemaker
Domaine de Canton has come across many tastemakers. From bartenders to restaurateurs to executive chefs,
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Meet our Featured Tastemaker of the month
Bartender - Cocktailian Nola, New Orleans, LA and The Regent Cocktail Club, Miami, FL
Not only is Danny Valdez an industry veteran, but he's also a published writer (new books coming soon!), photographer and artist. We certainly see his creative side come out every time he's behind the bar in Miami or New Orleans or instructing a course at the Beverage Alcohol Resource in New York.
Danny is constantly working on something new and will be joining our panel of judges at this year's 5th Annual Domaine de Canton Global Bartender of the Year Competition. His own experience with Domaine de Canton led him to create the "500 ft Cocktail."
Ever wonder how cocktail names come about? Well Danny named this one after serving it to a regular customer for almost an entire year. When they first met and he created the cocktail, the regular was a teacher. A year later she was making the switch into the tech world. Danny knew that she loved teaching, so he asked if anything prompted the big career change for her. She said yes, but before she finished her explanation, Danny asked, "This isn't one of those you can't be within 500 feet of a school thing, is it?" They laughed and dubbed the drink the "500 ft. Cocktail" forevermore.
Danny enjoys introducing guests to more exotic, non-traditional flavors and says it's easy with a product like Domaine de Canton. "Ginger is always on yearly flavor trend lists, and I think it rivals vanilla for supremacy of universally liked flavors," Danny says as he follows his mantra - drink better and smile. "The world is a better place when everyone is smiling."
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