In the highly-anticipated Asia Regional Final of Flor de Caña’s Sustainable Cocktail Challenge, Jez Carreon from “Employees Only Bar” in Singapore was crowned as “Asia’s Most Sustainable Bartender” after competing with 9 top bartenders from different countries to create the region’s most spectacular sustainable cocktail.

The Asia’s Most Sustainable Bartender – Jez Carreon


The competition took place on November 1st at the prestigious An Lam Retreat Resort in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. The judging panel was composed of some of the most influential industry personalities such as Thomas McHugh, Bar Manager at Hazel; Divyesh Chauhan, Co-Founder of Junglebird Kuala Lumpur; and Bastien Ciocca, Co-Founder of Hope & Sesame, Bar Sanyou, and DSK Cocktail Club.

The 3 Judges and MC- Justin Nguyen


The cocktails were evaluated based on elements such as the history and inspiration behind the cocktail, the use of sustainable ingredients/techniques, and the level of creativity, in addition to its flavor and appearance.

Jez took the top spot with his cocktail “My Redemption”, made with Flor de Caña 12 Year Rum, cascara tea-infused sweet vermouth, and homemade ingredients like cherry wine reduction, coffee tincture, and chocolate bitters. In addition to the championship trophy, Jez received the title of “Flor de Caña Asia’s Most Sustainable Bartender”.

The winner’s cocktail “My Redemption”


Julie Nguyen from Opium Bar in Bangkok, Thailand took the competition’s second spot, and Asato Yuya from Bar Prima in Yokohama, Japan the third spot, receiving trophies and Flor de Caña bottles.

Most importantly, all three winners will have the unique experience of representing their region in the Global Final in exotic tropical Nicaragua in February 2024, with all expenses covered, to compete for the title of “Flor de Caña World’s Most Sustainable Bartender” and a US$10,000 prize.


Over 30 countries participated in the Sustainable Cocktail Challenge, which is a celebration of Flor de Caña’s historic commitment to sustainability and its way of sharing and promoting these values with the global bartending community. In addition to being the world’s first Carbon Neutral and Fair Trade certified spirit, Flor de Caña is distilled using 100% renewable energy, all CO2 emissions during fermentation are captured and recycled and the brand has planted one million trees since 2005.

About Flor de Caña Rum:


Flor de Caña is premium-aged rum and the world’s first spirit to be both Carbon Neutral & Fair Trade certified. From an 1890 family estate, it’s distilled with 100% 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 “Best Sustainable Rum Distillery” (USA).

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