Forget cranberry sauce! This season drink the seasonal red berry! It was a night of shaking and stirring as three finalists competed to have their original recipe featured on The Bungalow’s cocktail menu for the rest of the year. The winning cocktail, The Cranberry Shrub by Tiffany Harding was declared the winning libation by the panel of judges and received a $250 gift card to The Bungalow.
After sifting through dozens of entries of shaken and stirred holiday themed cocktail recipes, three finalists competed on Saturday, November 23 for the Best Holiday Cocktail. The two runners-up were Brent Evans who took Second Place for his Winter Moonlight and Eric Gould who took Third Place for Home for the Holidays.
Cranberry Shrub, which will be available at The Bungalow through the end of the year, featured ingredients reminiscent of the holidays including cranberry, orange bitters, Prosecco and bourbon garnished with a trio of candied cranberries.
Winter Moonlight ingredients include rye, applejack, sweet vermouth and homemade cranberry bitters. Home for the Holidays had all the flavors of homemade apple pie, including apple pie moonshine, bourbon, ginger beer and apple cider, served up in a martini glass rimmed with graham cracker crumbs.
“As soon as I tasted the Cranberry Shrub I knew it was a winner,” said Chef Chris Henry, Newport Beach area personal chef and recent contestant on “Cutthroat Kitchen” on the Food Network. “It would be a great Thanksgiving prelude and spectacular on New Year’s Eve.” The two other guest judges agreed. Matt Robold, blogger for www.rumdood.com, and Anne Marie Panoringan, food writer for OC Weekly, rounded out the judging table.
Several professional and novice bartenders submitted original, non-published holiday cocktail recipes for consideration before the three finalists were chosen. The winning cocktail was judged on its creativity, innovative ingredients, presentation and overall flavor.
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