Good Spirits News 3.1.11

NYC felled by Boston at Rematch cocktail competition New York City hangs her head today. Lady Liberty hath lost a spire in her crown. Last night, at “Rematch Beyatch”—the Empire State edition of an international cocktail competition held at Otto’s Shrunken Head—some of the city’s best bartenders were felled in a battle of speed and swagger by Boston barkeep Scott Marshall (Drink).   Each bartender was required to turn out ten drinks in four minutes or less, and the results were judged for their balance of flavor. We fought nobly—Little Branch‘s Karin Stanley even made it into the top five. But other NYC contenders fumbled, breaking glassware or blowing the time limit.

Rob’s Mtn Gin and Evergreen Elderberry combine for one taste of ColoradoWhen Masters and a partner started Colorado Pure Distilling back in 2007, they focused on making vodka. But Masters wanted to make gin, so he moved on and started Epic Distilling, working with Boulder Distillery to create Rob’s Mtn Gin. And the spirit — created from Colorado water and juniper berries hand-picked in this state — is a true Colorado brand.  Mixed with Evergreen Elderberry from Rocky Mountain Soda Company, which is owned by one of the partners in Peach Street Distilling out on the Western Slope, the combo was the hit drink of the CPA party — dubbed “Treeline” for its fresh, fresh taste. “It’s like that mouthful of snow you get when you fall while skiing through the trees,” said one fan.

United States Bartenders’ Guild Announces U.S. Winners of the Cocktail World Cup ‘Carnival of the Cocktail’ Sponsored by 42BELOW® Vodka When the USBG brought the shaking and stirring to a close, Michael Callahan of Azul, Jennifer Contraveos of The Spare Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and Nate Wales of La Condesa, emerged victorious. Their next challenge: to put their cocktail prowess to the test against cocktail slingersfrom countries including Australia, France, Italy, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.  The prize – global cocktail dominance and glory and the title of “Cocktail World Cup Champion.”

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