Ok, folks, it’s almost time for Happy Hour, which means that millions of you will be pouring out of your cubicles and offices in search of anesthesia for your trying work week. Which is fine, as long as you’ll be having a stylish cocktail. Allow me to make a suggestion or four from a fabulous event that was just held here in NYC.
Recently here in NYC, some of the country’s top mixologists were invited here to NYC to participate in the final round of the Appleton Estate Remixology Bartender Challenge. With a final panel including DWTS alum (and current George Clooney squeeze) Stacy Keibler, some of the country’s finest bartenders were judged on creativity, originality and the use of Appleton Estate, which is one of my favorite rums…like, of all time. Rich enough to stand on its own and flavorful enough to add significant punch to any drink, I’m a fan.
So, I thought it might be fun to publish the winning recipes and a few favorites for your own home mixology efforts this weekend. Give one of these a shot (no pun intended:)
The winner, Natalie Jacobs, is from NYC and came up with two fabulous drinks:
1 1/2 oz Appleton
1/2 oz Ango
1/2 oz Lime
1/2 oz orgeat
1/4 oz coconut
Directions: Shake, serve in coupe with a lime twist
“The Alter Ego”
- 2 oz Appleton
- 1/2 oz Sweet vermouth
- 1/2 oz Fernet
- Rinse laphroig
Directions: Stir, rinse glass with scotch, then serve down in a double rocks glass with a lemon twist, which you’ll discard.
Here are some selected cocktails from the other finalists, which included Ricky Gomez from San Francisco and his drink, Hitchcock’s Law
- 1.5 Appleton reserve
- 3/4 oz carpano antica
- 1/2 oz clear creek plum brandy
- 1/4 oz r&w creme de viollette
- 1/4 oz mud puddle chocolate
Directions: Stir and serve up with a lemon twist.
Michael Parish from Miami with the Jerkin Jamaican
- 2oz Appleton Estate Reserve
- .5oz Averna
- .75 Homemade Appleton Jerk Falernum
- .75oz Fresh pressed pineapple juice
- .5oz Fresh lime juice
- Small egg white
- Jerk Spice bitters
Directions: Combine all ingredients. Shake and strain into large coupe. Garnish with dehydrated jerk pineapple slice.
and Sean Frederick from Boston with the Honor VS Merit
- 2 oz. Appleton Estate Reserve
- 1 oz. Narragansett Lager & spiced cranberry syrup
- 1/8 oz. lemon juice
Directions: Shake with ice and strain into small tumbler. Garnish with freshly-grated nutmeg.
Mix up, folks, and please be sure to drink responsibly!