Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Austin Julep Cup Winner Announced

Monday night's Austin Julep Cup had a great turnout of Austin bartenders, a mix of competitors and observers taking part in what we hope will be an annual event brought to you by Maker's Mark. Paggi House and bar manager Jeff Boley provided the facility.

Tipsy Tech graduates Zach Rose and Charles Cates at the Paggi House

The 2010 Cup went to Marcelo Nascimento of Lucky 13 Cocktail Catering. His recipe follows:

Description: A loose interpretation of the mint julep made with Maker’s Mark Bourbon, crushed basil, and a reduction of Guinness Draught, IBC Root Beer, fresh cherries, ginger root and sweetened with rapadura.

1.75 oz Maker’s Mark 90 Bourbon
2 oz Dark Horse Reduction*
4 Basil leaves

In a double old fashioned glass, add Maker’s Mark, Dark Horse Reduction, and 3 basil leaves. Gently muddle ingredients and top with crushed ice. Stir and garnish with basil leaf that has been appropriately abused.

*Dark Horse Reduction:
Yields: approx 14 oz.

1 cup fresh cherries, deseeded and crushed
1 TSP fresh ginger, minced
1 TBLS Heirloom orange zest
1 cup Guinness Draught
1 1/4 cup IBC Root Beer
1/4 cup filtered water
1 TBLS Rapadura, chopped (Hard Brown Sugar)

In a sauce pan, add all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer/reduce by 1/3. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain and store cold.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Maker's Mark Mint Julep Cup

Adam and David raffling off Mint Julep bottles at Derby Day Austin

Adam Harris, our Austin area distillery diplomat for Maker's Mark, is hosting the inaugural Austin Julep Cup at Paggi House, Monday May 24 at 6pm.

Five bartenders will compete for this year's Cup:
Ace Manning of Peche
Marcelo Nacimiento of Lucky 13 Catering
Abdul Ford of the Driskill Hotel
Carter Wilsford of Peche (formerly of Specs south)
Stephan Ridoux representing the home team for Paggi House

There will be special presentations by Adam Harris of Maker’s Mark and Russell Davis, USBG Austin chapter President.

At 7:30, the bar will be turned over to any bartender in the house to take part in an informal cocktail jam.

Complimentary finger food and discounted Maker’s Mark all night

Marcelo Nascimento to Represent USBG Austin

New USBG Austin member Marcelo Nascimento of Lucky 13 Cocktail Catering has been selected to compete in the Milagro Margarita contest at Tales of the Cocktail this summer in New Orleans. Marcelo will represent the USBG Austin chapter in a competition among 15 USBG chapters from around the US.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Cabana Cachaca Bartender Olympics

Cabana Cachaca is hosting a Bartender Olympics at Tales of the Cocktail this year. Contact Bill Norris or your local Cabana official for the rules: