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

Drink Recipes Gin Miscellaneous

Vote for the 21st Century Harvey!

Martin Miller's Gin is running a contest to choose the best new cocktail that "trades up" on a maligned classic drink from the 1970s and '80s. My entry is called the 21st Century Harvey and is an updated twist on the Harvey Wallbanger.

It's made using Martin Miller's gin, Cointreau, Licor 43 and Orange Bitters. It's pretty darn tasty, if you ask me.

You don't need to like it, though. You just need to vote for it!

Please visit the Facebook page for my entry and click on "Like." Your vote is appreciated!

 Vote for 21st Century Harvey


Drink Recipes Rum

Recipe: The Antioxidant Cocktail – Award Winner!

A while back the Portland Craft Cocktails blog and Northwest Food and Wine Festival sponsored a contest for "casual mixologists" to create a new cocktail. I submitted a drink I created recently, with a little inspiration from my sister, Deborah Graff.

I selected ingredients that were rich in antioxidants — that way, you can fight cancer while enjoying a tasty cocktail.

Much to my surprise, I won! Here's the recipe:


The Antioxidant Cocktail

1 1/2 oz White Rum
8-10 Fresh blueberries
1 oz Pomegranate Juice
1/2 oz Maraschino Liqueur
1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice

In a mixing glass, muddle the blueberries with the rum. Next add the remaining ingredients. Shake with ice, then double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


When I started making this back in the summer I used fresh blueberries, but since then I've also made it with the frozen kind and it still came out good. Please note that Maraschino Liqueur is not the red syrup that Maraschino Cherries come bottled in. It's this stuff.