Winners of Third Annual “Show Me the Proof!” Cocktail Competition

Louis Royer, an iconic Cognac house dating to 1853 and led by the fifth generation of its founding family, announced today the winners of the Third “Show Me the Proof!” High Proof Cognac Cocktail Competition held on Dec. 1, 2014.

Timothy Miner (The Long Island Bar) won the Grand Prize of an all-expense paid trip to France for two. Second and third place winners were Jason Cousins (Da Claudio) and Gregory Buda (The Dead Rabbit), respectively, with each awarded a cash prize of $1,000.

Included below are the winning recipes.

Winning Cognac Cocktials

Grand Prize:
The Frenchmen Street Cocktail by Timothy Miner (The Long Island Bar)
2 oz. Louis Royer “Force 53” VSOP Cognac
1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth
1/2 oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
1 barspoon White Crème de Cacao
3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Second Place:
Simmer Down by Jason Cousins (Da Claudio)
1 1/2 oz. Louis Royer “Force 53” VSOP Cognac
1 oz. Antica Distilleria Russo Nocino
1/2 oz. Caffè Borghetti Espresso Liqueur
2 dashes Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Bitters
1 piece Flamed Orange Disc, garnish

Third Place:
Orientation by Gregory Buda (The Dead Rabbit)
1 3/4 oz. Louis Royer “Force 53” VSOP Cognac
1/2 oz. Barbadillo Amontillado Sherry
3/4 oz. Orgeat Syrup
1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
3 dashes Angostura Bitters