We are thrilled to announce that Katie Loeb has won first place in the 3rd Annual Bärenjäger Cocktail Competition. Congratulations, Katie!
Katie’s win is extra exciting as she is the first woman to ever win this competition. Her grand prize is an all-expense paid trip for two to Oktoberfest2012 in Munich, Germany, and $1,000.
The competition was judged by Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, Dushan Zaric, Bridget Albert, Tad Carducci, and Jeffrey Morgenthaler. Katie’s recipe was selected from over 400 submissions from talented cocktail creators from across the nation.
Katie’s delicious “Barenberry Mule” cocktail skyrocketed her to success over her competitors and is sure to become a favorite drink among cocktail lovers everywhere. We’re sure you’re itching to try it out, so here’s the award-winning recipe.
by Katie Loeb, Philadelphia, PA
In a shaker combine:
2 parts Rittenhouse 100 proof Rye Whiskey
1 part Barenjager honey liqueur
1 part fresh lemon juice
¾ parts Berry Thyme Essence *
2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake well and strain into a highball glass full of fresh ice. Top with Reed’s Extra Ginger Brew ginger beer and garnish with a lemon twist and a blackberry.
* Berry-Thyme Essence Recipe
1 cup fresh blackberries (most of a 6 oz. container. Save extras for garnish)
1 cup Pom Wonderful Pomegranate-Blueberry juice
1/2 cup water
1/8 cup loosely packed thyme leaves removed from stems
1/8 teaspoon tartaric acid powder
Bring juice and water to a boil. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add berries and simmer for 8 minutes. Add thyme leaves and simmer 5 more minutes. Stir in tartaric acid powder. Cool slightly and liquefy in blender. Cool completely and strain to remove seeds and leaves. Makes approximately 12 oz. Keeps refrigerated for two weeks.
(Recipe courtesy of PR Newswire.)
Create your own fresh, homegrown cocktails by picking up Katie Loeb’s book, Shake, Stir, Pour.
However, remember some of the basic tips while making your own homemade cocktails just as learning some trading tips using QProfit such as:
- Buy the best brand of alcohol
- Never mix two or more drinks in the same cocktail party
- Stock up on the essentials such as ice, cold water, lime, soda, mint, sugar, and salt
- Learn a few garnishing tips as appearances always count
Pure, intense, and flavorful—homemade cocktails are best straight from the source. Start in your garden or local market and create an in-season, made-from-scratch cocktail to lift your spirits and impress your guests. But be warned: Once you’ve tasted the fresh version of your favorite drink, you’ll never want to go back.