Although I should be studying, I’ve been browsing the results from the 2011 Ultimate Cocktail Challenge. I found the Classic Cocktail Results especially interesting, since as an amateur I’m far from mastering what spirits work best for certain cocktails. These results are a helpful guide for what bottle works best, and its especially encouraging to see some of the budget choices on the list. I’m especially impressed with the recognition the Bulleit rye and bourbon are garnering. Well deserved.
From the competition website:
“The cocktails were mixed by handpicked, highly experienced bartenders, who carefully followed specific recipes chosen by Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult, Assistant Judging Chairman Sean Ludford and UCC advisors Jim Meehan and Leo DeGroff . . . Spirits were judged on the 100-point rating system in multiple rounds. Spirits that scored highly in the first round went through to the second round where they were evaluated again by different panels of judges. The highest scorers from the second round were then forwarded to the final round where the highest scoring spirit in each cocktail category was awarded the coveted Ultimate Cocktail Challenge Chairman’s Trophy.”
I’ve listed the Chairman’s Trophy Winners for some of my favorite cocktails below, but I encourage you to visit the site to see the full range of award winners.
Extra Dry Martini: Beefeater London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 47%, $19.00
Gin & Tonic: Beefeater 24 Gin United Kingdom, 45%, $30.00
Aviation: Plymouth Gin United Kingdom, 41.20%, $30.00
Negroni: No. 3 London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 46%, $39.99
Caipirinha: Leblon Silver Cachaça Brazil, 40%, $30.00
Stinger: Camus VS Elegance Cognac France, 40%, $26.00
Manhattan: Bulleit Rye Whiskey United States, 45%, $24.99
Old Fashioned: George Dickel #12 Tennessee Whiskey United States, 45%, $19.99
Mint Julep: Bulleit Rye Whiskey United States, 45%, $24.99