Bacardi Legacy Competition 2016 - Seattle Battle

Bartending is more than a job, it is a career and passion for many. One way that bartenders flex their creative muscles is by participating in cocktail competitions. You might remember that I participated in Bombay Sapphire's Most Imaginative Bartender competition earlier in 2016 with my cocktail recipe Par La Racine

One of the legendary international competitions is Bacardi Legacy. I had the honor to participate and compete amongst some of the best and brightest in the Pacific Northwest. Other semifinal cities include: Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Dallas, Kansas City, Chicago, Boston, New York, Washington DC, New Orleans, and Miami

How it works:

  • First, recipes are submitted online and finalists are invited to the nearest regional finals (for me, this was Seattle, Washington)
  • Regional Finalists present their recipes to 3 judges (judges were a rep from USBG, Bacardi, and a local influencer)
  • The presentation is timed (3 minutes setup, 7 minutes to present, and 6 minutes to clean up and judges can ask questions)
  • The competition was streamed live on Facebook with spotlights (not scary at all, hah)
  • Competitors had 7 minutes to make 4 cocktails
  • Cocktails were judged by several factors: Name, technical skills/flair, appearance, aroma/balance of flavor, ingenuity & innovation, inspiration & story behind the recipe, drinkability, and product knowledge
  • Semifinalists will go on to compete nationally, and 2 finalists will go on to compete in the global finals

In our competition, there was such a close score between the top 2 scoring bartenders, that there was a daiquiri-off round which was finally awarded to Cameron George of Barrio in Seattle, Washington. These events are fun, stressful, and entertaining all at the same time. My absolute favorite part is by pushing myself and learning from other influential bartenders in the industry.

Congrats to all the U.S. Finalists: 

Check out last year's winner: Gn Chan

 

 
 
 

Winter Solstice Cocktail Recipe by Karen Locke - High Proof PDX

It is pretty typical around the holidays to have a cookie swap, so I thought- Why not have a Cocktail recipe swap? I've reached out to some of the best and brightest cookies in Portland to share some delicious winter cocktails with you! If you haven't decided what to get the at-home bartender in your life, check out my 7 Gadgets for at Home Craft Cocktails here!

The first in this series comes to us from Karen Locke from High Proof PDX

Winter Solstice

This wintertime cocktail combines citrus, tart cardamom and tangerine with a hint of anise from fresh tarragon. 

Ingredients:

2 oz Volstead Vodka
1/2 oz Cardamom & Tangerine Pok Pok Som drinking vinegar
1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz simple syrup
4-5 dashes The Bitter Housewife Grapefruit bitters
4 sprigs tarragon

Directions:

Muddle 2-3 tarragon sprigs in cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Add remaining ingredients. Shake well and strain into a coupe glass.
Garnish with remaining tarragon.

Photo provided by Karen Locke

Photo provided by Karen Locke

Photo provided by Karen Locke

Photo provided by Karen Locke

Want more great cocktails from the Recipe Swap? Check out my Ode to the Sweet Potato Casserole on High Proof PDX's Blog!

 
provided by Karen Locke

provided by Karen Locke

 


Karen Locke is a Portland-based food and drink writer who has written for various publications: Thrillist, Tales of the Cocktail, Sip Northwest, Drink Portland, and more. In addition to dimly lit bars, she has spent quite a bit of time in distilleries while writing “High-Proof PDX,” a guidebook to Portland distilleries (Fall 2017, Overcup Press). Before living in Portland, Karen resided in Minneapolis where she tended bar and served a lot of Thai Food.
 


Apple Cinnamon Sweet Tea - Cocktail Recipe

Have you checked out this issue of Chilled Magazine? if you haven't yet, here is a sneak peek at my recipe featured in "Food Know How"!

For fall/winter flavors, I took the apple pie and ran with it. Here in the Pacific Northwest, apple season is celebrated and you can find its influence on menus all over town. Apple pie is one of those classic American comfort foods. Those warm and fuzzy feels familiar on your tongue, radiating warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg throughout. Combined with another Southern Classic, sweet tea, it is a match made in heaven. 

For a unique twist on a spiked sweet tea, I chose to use a local Portland, OR product from Bull Run Distillery- Medoyeff Starka Vodka. Dubbed the "Vodka for Whiskey Lovers" it is a vodka aged in Oregon Pinot Noir barrels. Truly unique and flavorful, it adds depth and flavor to an otherwise simple recipe.

 

Apple Cinnamon Sweet Tea

4 oz Apple Cinnamon Sweet Tea
2 oz Medoyeff Starka (barrel aged Vodka)
1 oz Lemon Juice (strained)
3 dashes Grapefruit Bitters

Apple Cinnamon Sweet Tea: In a heat safe pitcher, combine 2 cups of sugar and 5 cups of boiling water, stir until sugar is dissolved. Add 4 bags of apple cinnamon herbal tea. Cover and steep until contents have come to room temperature. 

Combine all ingredients in shaker, shake fiercely and dump into collins glass. Garnish with Lemon wheel