WSWA 2015 Cocktail Competition Winners
Two competitions were featured in this year’s Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America conference. First Chris Chamberlain, Portfolio Manager and Mixologist for Philadelphia Distilling won the Call for Cocktails competition with his Barrel Hidden in the Tropics drink.
Barrel Hidden in the Tropics
- 1.5 oz Bluecoat barrel finished gin
- .25 oz Amaro Montenegro
- .75 oz honey syrup
- .25 oz lemon juice
- 1.25 oz smoked pineapple juice
- bar spoon Greek yogurt
Shake all ingredients and double strain into a glass with crushed ice. The garnish is two pineapple leaves and a pineapple that’s been covered with sugar and bruleed.
In second place, Troy Clarke, the Director of Mixology and Spirits Education for Martignetti Companies and Proximo Spirits, won for his drink, Beach Day.
- 2 oz Boodles gin
- .5 oz Licor 43
- 1.5 oz coconut water
- .5 lime juice
- 2 bar spoons of pineapple preserves
Shake all ingredients and strain into a chilled double rocks glass that’s been rimmed with coconut palm sugar. Troy also made the umbrella, beach towel and surfboard to match the drink’s beachy theme.
Cesar Diaz,, mixologist for Crillon Imports, won third place with his drink, Helen’s Spring.
- 1.5 oz Rhum Barbancourt white
- .75 oz Absentrou herbal wine
- 1 oz pineapple juice
- .75 honeybee pollen syrup
- .5 oz lemon juice
- 4 dashes orange flower water
Shake all ingredients and strain into a coupe. Garnish with edible flower.
Sadly, I didn’t catch the Iron Mixologist competition as there’s so much to do and see at WSWA. However, I’m happy to report Nick Nistico won first place. This is a very interesting competition where bartenders have to come up with an apertif and long drinks.
Coming soon: What’s it like to judge spirits and highlights from 2015’s convention.
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