Way back in April I announced a little contest here at Scofflaw’s Den. The contest was to celebrate Templeton Rye and share some of their lovely whiskey. The rules were fairly simple; the main rule was entries had to be a spring-inspired cocktail with rye whiskey as the base spirit. Now I fully admit that using rye as a base in a spring cocktail poses certain, shall we say, problems. But that was part of the fun!
And yes, I realize that it is now June and spring and sprung and we are on the verge of summer. Well, sue me. But the good news is we now have the winners!!!
Before announcing the winning cocktails, a note about the grading process. Each submission was graded on a ten point scale for the following categories:
-Does the cocktail have a spring theme?
-Is it a rye whiskey base?
Sean and I both tasted and judged the cocktails on the aforementioned scale. This meant each cocktail could score a maximum of 100 points total. When Sean judged the cocktails the only info he was given was the name of the cocktail and the recipe, he didn’t know who submitted what drink. The combined scores determined the winners.
And now without further ado:
Third Place: Prize – Recipe and photo featured here.
The Revivalist by Gabe Szaszko
2 oz Rye
.5 oz Tarragon-Bergamot Syrup*
.5 oz Amer Picon
.25 oz lemon juice
.25 oz Maraschino liqueur
Shake all and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist lemon peel over drink and garnish with a lemon peel
*Bring simple syrup (1:1) just to boil and remove from heat. Add tarragon and bergamot leaves and leave to sit and cool in syrup for at least one hour. Strain all into a sterilized container.
Second Place: Prize - Same as third place and a 50ml bottle of “Marshall’s Mountain Moonshine Bitters.”
The Capone Sour by Jeff Fulcher
1.5 oz Rye
1 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz brown sugar syrup
1 bar spoon orgeat
1 dash Angostura bitters
2 dashes orange bitters (I used Angostura Orange)
Shake all with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
First Place: Prize – Same as third place and a 100ml bottle of “Marshall’s Mountain Moonshine Bitters” and a bottle of Templeton Rye.
Jetpack by Craig “Dr. Bamboo” Mrusek
1 oz Rye
1 oz Zubrowka Bison Grass vodka
.5 oz Schladerer Kirschwasser (I used Clear Creek)
.5 oz simple syrup
.5 oz lime juice
1 dash Fee’s Mint Bitters
Shake all with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Congratulations to Craig, Jeff, and Gabe!!!
There you have it. Mix up one or all of these drinks and let us know what you think in the comments.