StarChefs Cocktail Congress
Monday night the StarChefs Congress turned into an incredible cocktail party with mixologists from all over the country shaking up fabulous drinks.
I kicked off the night with a bit of bubbly from Jacob Tschetter of Grand Army in Cobble Hill. His Strawberry Champagne Mojito was a beautiful and refreshing start to the evening.
Easily the most creative drink of the night came from A-K Hada of Please Don't Tell in the East Village. Her Peking Duck cocktail managed to bring the savoriness of this classic Chinese dish from dinner plate to shaker glass.
Kevin Denton, former bar director of WD-50 and current mixologist for Pernod Ricard created a bright green Emerald City with Del Maguey Vida mezcal, Gitana Fino en rama Sherry, apple juice, honey and the ever popular matcha.
Mixologist Jeremy Oertel from Brooklyn favorite Donna went tropical with a creamy pineapple Brancolada of rum, Branca Menta and coconut cream.
Yeal Vengroff of The Spare Room in Los Angeles continued the fruit forward drinks with her mango and mezcal Show Off Margarita...
...while Edgar Morales of Cosme used mezcal in a completely different way; spicing up his Bloody Pomi tomato Maria.
All of the cocktails were fantastic but if I had to choose just one favorite it would be the Spell Spoke from Jillian Vose, beverage director at the Dead Rabbit; the bar which currently holds the title of World's Best Bar for the 2nd year in a row. She infused hibiscus into Jameson's Black Barrel Whiskey then threw in a twist of lime, ginger and a sprinkle of nutmeg to create a smooth, slightly smokey, herbaceous drink that was just incredible.
Cheers to another incredible Cocktail Congress!
Brooklyn Expo Center
79 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222