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Be the Face of Diplomatico Rum at Waterslide Bar, Melbourne

Baranows Emporium and Diplomatico Rum hosted “Be the Face of Diplomático Rum” event at Waterslide Bar in Melbourne with visiting delegates, Jose Ballesteros (Diplomatico President), Tito Cordero (Master Blender) and Patrick Rabion (Global Export Director).

Diplomático Rum at Waterslide Bar
L-R: Ben Baranow, Jose Ballesteros, John Raphael, Tito Cordero, Patrick Rabion

The VIP meet and greet trade event was an opportunity to mingle with the Diplomatico delegates in an informal setting while enjoying the riverside bar’s hospitality.

Diplomático Rum at Waterslide Bar

A lavish buffet was on offer with three cocktails served throughout the afternoon, each showcasing an expression of the Venezuelan rum. Below are the cocktail recipes.

Hickory Smoked Mary Pickford Cocktail

Diplomático Rum at Waterslide Bar
Smoked Mary Pickford


30 ml Diplomático Blanco
20 ml maraschino
30 ml hickory wood smoked pineapple juice
10ml lime juice


Serve straight up in a cocktail glass.

Italian Venezuela Cocktail

Diplomático Rum at Waterslide Bar
Italian Venezuela


30ml Diplomático Anejo
Dash black walnut bitters
10 ml quince syrup
5ml chestnut liqueur
60 ml chinotto


Serve short over ice with orange and rosemary.

Diplomatico Mule Cocktail

Diplomático Rum at Waterslide Bar
Diplomatico Mule


30ml Diplomático Reserva
15ml fig syrup
30ml house made ginger soda
30 ml fresh pear juice


Serve tall over crushed ice with dehydrated lime.

Diplomático Rum at Waterslide Bar
Gourmantic, the Face of Diplomatico 

At the conclusion of the event, each guest received a personalised bottle of Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva with their face on the bottle.

Photography © by Kevin Burke for Gourmantic – Copyright: All rights reserved. More photos of the event on the Gourmantic Facebook page.

Next… Diplomatico Rum Masterclass and our exclusive one on one interview with Jose Ballesteros, Tito Cordero & Patrick Rabion.

“Be the Face of Diplomático Rum” was held on Monday 14 September 2015 at the Waterslide Bar in Melbourne. Gourmantic travelled to Melbourne as guests of Baranows Emporium & Diplomático Rum.

About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is a drinks writer, author of GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN, SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS and founder/editor of Gourmantic, Cocktails & Bars and The Gourmantic Garden. She has been writing extensively about spirits, cocktails, bars and cocktail gardening in more recent years. She is a spirits and cocktail competition judge, Icons of Whisky Australia nominee, contributor to Diageo Bar Academy, cocktail developer and is named in Australian Bartender Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential List. Her cocktail garden was featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has won several awards. She is a contributor to Real World Gardener radio program and is featured in several publications including Pip Magazine, Organic Gardener, Australian Bartender and Breathe (UK). Read the full bio here.