Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Rule #1: There are no rules.

The 2007 Tales of the Cocktail Competition winners have been announced. Congratulations to all the winners!

First Place went to the Starfish Cooler from Stacy Smith of GW Fins in New Orleans. Sean Thorpe of Cochon Restaurant in New Orleans took second place with the Doucette. New Orlean's own Michael Brewer tied for third place with Martin Cate of Alameda's Forbidden Island.

Here's the winning recipe:

Starfish Cooler
by Stacy Smith,
GW Fins, New Orleans

1 oz. Moët and Chandon White Star
1 oz. Lemoncello
1 oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
1 oz. Un-sweet Iced Tea

½ oz. Simple Syrup

Muddle orange slice and mint leaf in Collins glass.

Method: Combine all ingredients.

I haven't had a chance to try one of these, but it looks really good. I'm sure it is, since it came in first place in the competiton. If I were able to attend Tales this year, I'm sure I'd enjoy drinking one of these.

I am slightly surprised by one thing though, and it's just a little tiny detail. This entry doesn't follow the rules of the competition. According to the recipe, this cocktail doesn't contain all the required ingredients!

You can check out all the winning entries at the Tales of the Cocktail website. Jeffrey Morgenthaler is collecting losing entries here. I'll be posting my loser over there soon.

Tickets are available now at the Tales website.


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