The Litchfielder Cocktail Competition Finalists

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to find out who will be crowned the winner!