The Batchers of Litchfield Distillery would like to thank the 45 cocktail enthusiasts and bartenders that took time to create, experiment and submit their cocktail recipe for The Litchfielder Cocktail Competition. We were impressed by the quality of ideas. It was a difficult process to narrow down to six finalists, but we did.

The six finalists who will be competing live on Monday, November 13th are listed below. Our judges have their work cut out to pick a winner among this bunch!

Entry #13: Cole Stephenson

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Cole’s recipe is a variation on a Manhattan featuring cherry bitters and smoked maple syrup.
2 oz. Batchers’ Straight Bourbon
1/2 oz. Amaro Averna
1 oz. Punt e Mes
1/4 oz. Runamok Pecan Smoked Maple Syrup
2 dashes Woodford Spiced Cherry Bitters

 

 

 

 

Entry #19: Tom Sutton

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Tom’s inclusion of ginger liqueur and fresh lemon juice should make this cocktail flavor forward but well-balanced.
2 1/2 oz Batchers’ Straight Bourbon
1/2 oz Barrows Intense Ginger Liqueur
1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
2 barspoons Yellow Charteuse
1/4 oz honey syrup (1:1) and 2 dashes bar-keep Apple Bitters

 

 

 

 

Entry #23: Craig Ventrice

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Craig’s creative combination of ingredients is simple yet promises to deliver an array of complex flavor notes.
2 oz Batchers’ Straight Bourbon
1/2 oz Amaro Montenegro
1/4 oz Aged Tawny Port
1/4 oz St. George Nola Coffee Liqueur
2 dashes Angostura Bitters & 3 drops vanilla extract.

 

 

 

 

Entry #24: Juan Meyer

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Juan’s recipe is simply enticing and presents beautifully.
2 oz Batchers’ Straight Bourbon
1 oz Tempus Fugit Gran Classico Bitter
1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Dorset Maple Reserve Bourbon Barrel Maple Syrup
2 dashes of Dashfire Sichaun Bitters

 

 

 

 

 

Entry #26: Christian Hertado

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Christian pairs our bourbon with an enticing blend of Amaretto and Apple flavors.
2 oz Batchers’ Straight Bourbon
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Luxardo Amaretto
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
1 bar spoon apple butter
Egg whites (optional)
Apple garnish

 

Entry #29: Kateri Duffey

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Kateri’s entry includes fresh herbs and berries easily grown in Litchfield County.
2 oz Batchers’ Straight Bourbon
1 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz dry vermouth
1/2 oz agave
3 dashes Bittermans orange cream bitters
4 muddled blackberries
4 muddled sage leaves
Garnished with 2 skewered blackberries and a sage leaf

 

 

 

The Litchfielder Cocktail Competition Finals Event is taking place on Monday, November 13th. The event is sold out, but be sure to check back at www.LitchfieldDistillery.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to find out who will be crowned the winner!

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