Deep Island Hawaiian Rum, Sister Spirit of OCEAN Organic Vodka, and The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas Invite Submissions

DIHR_CocktailContest_8.5x11_v10_FINALIn partnership with The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, Deep Island Hawaiian Rum has created the inaugural “Rum Scrum Cocktail Contest” featuring Deep Island Hawaiian Rum. Submissions will be accepted online at DeepIslandRum.com until May 31, 2015. Finalists will be announced and notified by June 10, 2015.

A spirited treasure hunt near and far, contestants are invited to submit a recipe for the quintessential Hawaiian rum cocktail for a chance to have their winning cocktail displayed on bar menus at The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, as well as a three-night stay at this AAA four diamond resort in Maui, Hawaii and $500 cash. “You can be a professional bartender or spirits aficionado, an amateur mixologist, backyard bartender, or anything in between!  Follow the rules and give it your best pour,” says Shay Smith, CEO of Hawaii SeaSpirits, makers of Deep Island Hawaiian Rum.

According to The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas director of food & beverage, Brandon Maeda, this inaugural event provides the perfect opportunity to showcase island sustainability and further inspire novice enthusiasts and mixologists to play with different nuances for an iconic cocktail. “Our purpose is to align with the active culinary movement of Farm to Table by creating a similar avenue to showcase cocktails. With OCEAN Organic Vodka’s incredible success in designing a new rum that is produced locally, we found the perfect stage to align the resort’s initiatives in sustainable cuisine,” he further elaborated.

Themed to find the quintessential Hawaiian rum cocktail, submissions must include full recipe and method for one (1) serving of a cocktail. Key criteria include using no more than 2 oz. of alcohol (all alcohols combined). Deep Island Hawaiian Rum should be the main alcohol ingredient. No pre-infused alcohol is allowed.

Entrants must complete a registration form as well as provide a recipe and high resolution photograph of their cocktail (minimum 300 DPI) for online submission or email RecipeContest@DeepIslandRum.com no later than 11:59 p.m. on May 31, 2015.

Judging Criteria includes the following: completed application, high resolution photo of cocktail, taste, presentation, use of fresh ingredients, creativity and alignment with the “quintessential Hawaiian rum cocktail” theme.

Contestants cannot be directly affiliated with Hawaii Sea Spirits or The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas. For a complete list of contest rules and regulations, visit the contest page at DeepIslandRum.com or westinkaanapali.com. Updates are also available via Facebook/Twitter at @DeepIslandRum and @WestinKorVillas and are designated by #RumScrum.

The four finalists will be profiled and judged at the “Rum Scrum Cocktail Contest” scheduled to be held LIVE on Saturday, July 25 at The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas on North Kā‘anapali Beach, Maui. Following the cocktail contest, local celebrity chefs will work with teams of students from the Maui Culinary Academy in a “Culinary Rum Scrum” to design a distinctive dish using a secret ingredient. The event will benefit Maui Culinary Academy.

About Deep Island Hawaiian Rum

Deep Island Hawaiian Rum WAVE is made from organic sugar cane and delivers an exceptional rum experience complete with all of the flavor and character that is germane to fresh pressed cane juice.  Blended with deep ocean mineral water sourced 3,000 feet deep off the Kona Coast of Hawai‘i, the taste is a little bit sweet with hints of tropical florals and rich dark molasses – all in a fresh, mixable, sippable authentic Maui native rum.  Named for its cultural relevance as much as its physical description of Hawai‘i, Deep Island Hawaiian Rum embodies the very spirit of our tropical islands.  Handcrafted by Hawaii Sea Spirits LLC, Kula, Maui, Hawai’i (40% ALC/VOL 80Proof).  More information is available onlinedeepislandrum.com.

About Hawaii Sea Spirits

Hawaii Sea Spirits is a producer of ultra premium spirits comprised of craft distilling engineers that are respectfully referred to as libation artists with an acute attention to detail. Our insatiable thirst to create mouthful wonders led us down a path like a divining rod to the source of our obsession…the juice origin.  SUGARCANE. Planted in virgin soil and only fed natural sunlight and deep well water, we have successfully added organic farming to our list of daily passions. We also use sunlight to power the equipment on our property. The solar-poweredf acility resides on the beautiful slopes of Haleakala in Kula, Maui,Hawai’i.  Proud proprietors with 80+acres of breathtaking views, our organic farm and distillery are open seven days a week with guided tours, product sampling, and a gift shop of souvenirs. More information is available online hawaiiseaspirits.com.

About The Westin Kā’anapali Ocean Resort Villas

Located on 26 oceanfront acres of North Kā’anapali Beach, The Westin Kā’anapali Ocean Resort Villas provides spacious villa accommodations with Westin amenities such as the Heavenly Bed, whirlpool tubs, fully equipped kitchens, and washers/dryers. The resort also offers convenient outdoor grilling areas, general stores with deli, excellent restaurants and bars, outdoor pools, Westin Kids Club, full-service Spa Helani, golf and resort activities for all ages. Other fun pursuits such as whale watching (November to April), catamaran sailing adventures, hiking,horseback riding and championship golfing are easily accessible. The resort also offers a multitude of watersport activities as well as complimentary shuttle services to Lahaina town. Visit westinkaanapali.com.