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Bartending with Flair

From October 14-16, Moscow played host to the 2008 Pro Flair World Championship. (For those of you scratching your heads, flair bartending, or “flairing,” is the art of preparing mixed drinks combined with elements of juggling.) The event, which was organized by the FBA (Flair Bartenders Association) and sponsored by Bacardi, brought dozens of the world’s most accomplished fl airists to Moscow to compete on three skill levels (amateur, advanced, and pro) for a total of $50,000 in prize money. Brandishing their jiggers, the contestants wowed the judges and spectators alike with their flairing techniques. At the end of the final round, when all the bottles had been flipped and the flying cocktail shakers had landed, Rodrigo Delpech was left the winner, maintaining the championship title he won at last year’s competition, also held in Moscow. And the home team’s showing wasn’t too shabby either: Andrei Korolyov won the amateur category, Vasily Zheglov was third in the advanced category, and Sergei Bulakhtin came in 10th in the pro category. For more information, visit

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