Competition is always a good thing. It forces us to do our best.

The best race I ever ran, 2007 sectionals the 400m dash. Any sprinter will tell you, that the 400 is the hardest race. A level playing field for anyone that willing to put in the work to make it past the first 300m.  That's the thing about competitions, you have to put in the work

Below are the various cocktails I've entered in competition's in the last year.  Each with their own outlines that they follow for the various competitions.  Each competition has their own various rules, so following them is the first key. 

2016 Most Imaginative Bartender

Bombay Talkie

Bombay Talkie

Cocktail: 
The Bombay Talkie: The cocktail is based on a 1970's film in which a British author Lucia Lane falls in love with Vikram a bollywood star, while she researching for her book.  I used influences of indian flavor's with a tiki flare to create this cocktail. 

Ingredients: 1.5oz Bombay Sapphire Gin,  .5oz Benedictine , 1oz Chia Tea Coconut-Cream, .75oz lemon, .5oz Pineapple Juice, 6 dashes Bittermans Tiki bitters (Garnish Nutmeg/Mint/Edible flower) 

Method: Whipped shake ingredients with 2 oz crushed ice or crack one ice cube in shaker then add rest of ice quick shake- server on crushed ice.

Marie Brizzard Masters

Midnight's Paramore

Midnight's Paramore

Cocktail: 
Midnight’s Paramore:  is a tale of two secret lover’s. That the golden age of cocktail’s in the 20’s ignited. This love developed in the secrecy of the night. The elegancy of the Cognac is the fine women in this tale and her love the Rye a bold man. Their love lust is sweet matched with the heat of passion. The flavors of the Chilli’s and anisette whisper the tales of their midnight love story. 

Ingredients:  2 oz Gautier VSOP, 1 oz Cedar Ridge Rye,  .75 oz Marie Bizzard Anisette,  3 dashes Angostura, 1 Serrano Chilli and 1 Guillo Chilli

Method: In mixing glass add chili’s muddle & add spirits- stir double strain into martini glass- garnish orange twist.

Chateau de Laubade Armagnac

Love at first sight

Love at first sight

Cocktail: 
Love at first sight:  The Three Musketeer’s have all ways been know to fall in love quickly. Love at first sight - Blanche Armagnac elegancy paired with Kokum syrup,lemon and basil.

ngredients: 2 oz Blanche Armagnac, .75 oz Kokum Syrup .75 oz lemon and 5 basil leaves

Method: shake ingredients- double strain into rock's glass, Lemon twist discarded- basil leaf and seed garnish.

2017 Bacardi Legacy

Remember Tille

Remember Tille

Cocktail: 
Remember Tille: As I reflect on my childhood, I can't help but to think of my Grandmother Ricarda Tille-Stiggins. We cooked together, watched tv, shopped, I even gave her directions driving at the young age of 6. As she starts her fight against Alzheimer’s, it’s hard for her to remember the days. She spoke the other day about, how could she remember thing’s from her childhood but not what she did this morning? My aunt asked are they happy memories or sad? Happy she replied she told her, enjoy them and don’t feel bad for having them. This drink embodies flavors that represent every little thing about my grandmother and the times we spent together, and I want the memories of Richarda Tille to forever be her legacy. 

Ingredients: 1.5oz Bacardi Superior, 1oz Coconut Lassi, .75 Pineapple spiced honey, .75 lemon, 1/2 tea spoon ginger juice, 1/8 tea spoon matcha yuzu tea

Method:   Dry shake, hard shake- double strain- garnish with discarded lemon twist- pinch of matcha powder.

Coconut Lassi -Coconut Milk 1 Part : Low Fat Yogurt 3 Part ( blended on high 30 seconds)   Pineapple spiced Honey- 3 parts Honey :1 part pineapple water infused with ginger/vanilla (Pineapple soaked in water with pepper and vanilla bean over night)

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