SOURCE: Rums of Puerto Rico

August 24, 2007 14:30 ET

Rums of Puerto Rico Serves Up Cool Rum Cocktails at Dacor® Taste of Tennis August 23 in NYC

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal Holds Court With Pikayo Chef Wilo Benet

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 24, 2007) - Grand Slam tennis champion Rafael Nadal paid a special visit to the Rums of Puerto Rico "Rum Court" at Dacor® Taste of Tennis August 23 at the W Hotel in New York. Nadal posed for photographers with Chef Wilo Benet of San Juan's Pikayo restaurant and Karen Garnik, chief marketing officer for Rum of Puerto Rico, and he signed autographs for fans.

"It was an incredible honor to have a top ranked tennis champion like Nadal come to our rum court. For Rums of Puerto Rico it really was a 'grand slam' opportunity," said Ms. Garnik.

Rums of Puerto Rico was the exclusive spirits sponsor for Dacor® Taste of Tennis, which served as the official kickoff party for the 8th annual U.S. Open Tennis Championships. Top tennis players including Andy Roddick, Tommy Haas and Daniela Hantuchova were teamed with top chefs from New York and elsewhere to serve tantalizing dishes to more the than 500 attendees. In addition to Chef Benet, featured chefs at the event included (among others): Marcus Samuelsson, Aquavit; John Schenk, Strip House and Ivy Stark, Amalia, all from New York City, and Matt Zubrod, Dish Aspen, from Aspen, CO. Chef Samuelsson conducted a cooking demonstration for the crowd with a little help from "sous chef" Andy Roddick.

Benet served three dishes paired with rum cocktails: Candied Papaya with Aged Barrilito 3 Star Rum and Farmer's Cheese; Rice "Pegaitos" (light and crispy morsels of fried rice) topped with Creole Style Corned Beef Brisket made with Bacardi® Peach rum and a Ripe Plantain Emulsion; and Puerto Rican "Bistec Encebollado" Rolls (thin slices of beef tenderloin stuffed with caramelized onions and rolled then sliced, served with a slice of fried potato).

"It was an experience unlike no other to have Rafael Nadal helping me top off one of my dishes with a rum emulsion," said Wilo Benet.

The Rums of Puerto Rico Drinks Team, Ahmed Naveira and Ariel Otero created rum cocktails with a tennis theme for the event:

--  ACE: Don Q® Limón Rum, Don Q® Cristal, lemonade and club soda
--  40 LOVE: Bacardi® Peach Red, Bacardi® Superior, Nutrisoda
--  MIXED DOUBLES: Captain Morgan® Private Stock, Captain Morgan®
    Parrot Bay, Blue Curaçao and Nutrisoda flavor of choice
--  Big Apple Rum Rally: Bacardi® Big Apple Rum, Bacardi® Superior
    Rum, pineapple juice, lime juice and simple syrup

Rums of Puerto also collaborated with event sponsor, airforce Nutrisoda, to create the two official Taste of Tennis Cocktails, appropriately called the "Match Point Mojito" (Bacardi® Light Rum, Renew Nutrisoda, lime juice, mint and blueberries): and the "Citrus Grand Slam" (Captain Morgan® Original Spiced Rum, Immune Nutrisoda and lemonade.

Proceeds from Taste of Tennis will benefit the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which supports community-based projects that use sports to address a range of social problems such as gang violence, drug abuse and teen pregnancy.

For more information on Taste of Tennis, visit For more information on Rums of Puerto Rico, visit

Photo Credit: Jennifer Mitchell

Recipes available on request

Rums of Puerto Rico, a division of the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO) was created in 1948 to promote the sale of all rums shipped from Puerto Rico to the mainland U.S. Rums of Puerto Rico sponsors events in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.

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