NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., -- Barenjager Honey Liqueur is proud to announce the winner of the brand's first-ever national bartending competition. Macao Trading Co. was buzzing last night as 6 of the nation's finest bartenders competed in the Barenjager Bartending Competition. Five nationally acclaimed judges; mixologist and spirits aficionado Allen Katz of Southern Wine & Spirits; Spirits and Cocktail Geek Gary Regan of ArdentSpirits.com, owner and world-renowned bartender Dushan Zaric of Macao Trading Co. and Employees Only; Tad Carducci of the Tippling Bros and Phil Ward owner of Mayahuel awarded Brendan Dorr an all-expense trip paid for two to Oktoberfest 2010 in Munich, Germany and $1,000 to sweeten the pot. Judges based scores on taste, appearance, creativity and overall delivery.
Grand prize winner, Brendan Dorr, mixed up "El Oso," a perfectly balanced cocktail that according to the judges "highlighted Barenjager beautifully and created an instant classic." Brendan brings back the title of Barenjager Bartender Competition Winner to Baltimore, MD.
Cocktail: El Oso (The Bear)
3/4 part Barenjager Honey Liqueur
1 3/4 parts Partida Anejo Tequila
1/3 part Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
2 dashes Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas "Own Decanter Bitters"
Garnish: Dehydrated Orange Wheel
Combine all liquid ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice and stir approx. 40 times. Strain into a lowball with the dehydrate orange wheel on the bottom of the glass and 2 large (tovolo) ice cubes on top.
The audience, consisting of media and industry heavyweights was also invited to "bee" judges and voted on their cocktail of choice. The audience favorite and $1,000 went to Bryan Schneider of Brooklyn, NY with the "The Careless Bear":
Cocktail: The Careless Bear
3/4 part Barenjager Honey Liqueur
1 1/2 parts Appleton Estate Reserve Rum
1/2 part Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 part Fresh Pineapple Juice
1 egg white
2 Dashes Underberg Bitters
1 Dash Fee Brothers Old Fashion Bitters
Fresh Grated Nutmeg
Dry shake all ingredients except Fee Brothers Bitters and Nutmeg. Add ice and shake again. Double strain into a sour or coupe glass. Top with one dash of the Fee Brothers bitters and swirl the bitters lightly with a barspoon through the foam. Finish with fresh grated nutmeg.
Other finalists included:
Preston Eckman of Philadelphia, PA
Theo Lieberman of New York, NY
Joshua Pearson of Chicago, IL
In the forests of medieval Europe - during the 15th century, the Eastern Prussian bear trap company, Teucke & Konig, introduced Barenjager, a honey liqueur which translates to "Bear Hunter." In an effort to end the struggle between man and bear, this sweet concoction was the first professionally produced Meschkinnes - mead-like moonshine made from honey by beekeepers and farmers - and was formulated to aid hunters in attracting bears and to lure them from their dwellings. Made in Germany, this 70 proof honey liqueur is made with premium quality honey from the Mexican province of Yucatan. Each liter bottle contains 300 grams of natural honey and a mixture of botanicals resulting in a subtly sweet, spicy and herb edged taste profile.
Barenjager Honey Liqueur is dedicated to bartender education.
Barenjager Honey Liqueur 35% Alc. /Vol. and available in the United States in the liter, 750ml, 375ml and 50ml sizes. Imported exclusively by Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc., New Rochelle, NY. www.barenjagerhoney.com DRINK RESPONSIBLY