In November, we shared 10 Four Roses cocktails you could judge during the 4th Annual NuLuDays Holiday Cocktail Challenge. Local mixologist Trisha Torpey of Against the Grain has been named the winner for the second year in a row.
Trisha won the contest with her signature cocktail “Time After Thyme,” featuring Four Roses Bourbon, smoked thyme maple syrup, lemon juice, orange juice and Angostura® bitters, garnished with fresh thyme and an orange slice. As the first-place winner, Trisha will receive a check for $1,000, a bottle of Four Roses Single Barrel signed by Master Distiller Brent Elliott, and a signature Four Roses barrel head.
Kia Nishida of Grind Burger Kitchen came in second place this year, with her cocktail “Oh Poi, It’s Fall.” Her cocktail recipe features Four Roses Small Batch infused with apples and cinnamon, macadamia nut liqueur, maple syrup, lemon juice and Bittermens® Elemakule Tiki Bitters, garnished with cinnamon and a lemon twist. Kia will receive a check for $750 and a signed bottle of Four Roses Single Barrel.
Jeremy Salmon of Garage Bar took home third place, with his cocktail “Go Easy on the Pepsi.” The cocktail is made with Four Roses Bourbon, house-made cranberry and Pepsi cordial, and orange bitters, garnished with fresh herbs. Jeremy will receive a check for $500 and a signed bottle of Four Roses Single Barrel.
A total of 10 participating bartenders created signature holiday cocktails for the contest. Participating establishments included Against the Grain, Galaxie Bar, Garage Bar, Goodwood Brewing Company, Grind Burger Kitchen, Harvest, Nouvelle, Taj NuLu, Taste Fine Wines and Bourbons, and Toast on Market.
If you want to make some of these delicious cocktails at home, you can find all of the cocktail recipes from the cocktail challenge here .