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Los Angeles’ Brittini Rae Wins 2013 Luxardo Cocktail Cup

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Brittini Rae, 2013 Luxardo Cocktail Cup Champion

Finalists from around the country competed at San Francisco’s historic Anchor Brewery last night, all vying to be crowned 2013 Luxardo Cocktail Cup champion. Now in its second year, the competition asks competitors to create an original Luxardo cocktail that is not only delicious, but one that reflects an aspect of the heritage of the city they are representing.

We are proud to announce that Brittini Rae of Los Angeles’ Goldie’s is the 2013 Luxardo Cocktail Cup Champion. With her win, she will be visiting Luxardo in Italy next year.

Below is her winning cocktail recipe.

California Aurora
by Brittini Rae, Goldie’s

Cocktail Ingredients:
5-6 Fresh Sage Leaves
1/2 oz honey syrup*
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz Luxardo Apricot Liqueur
1 1/2 oz Luxardo Aperitivo
4 Drops California Poppy Oil
Top Anchor California Lager

Preparation Instructions:
In a small tin lightly press the sage, add all other ingredients except the lager. Add ice, shake, strain into an ice filled collins glass. Top with Anchor California Lager and garnish with a California Poppy Flower and sage leaves.

*Honey syrup is made with California Wildflower honey, using a 2:1 (honey:water) ratio



2014 Mixology Bar Awards Winners

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Hotelbar_Da Caio in The George, Hamburg

Hotel bar of the year: Da Caio, The George Hotel, Hamburg, Germany

Last Monday the 2014 Mixology Bar Awards were held at the Grand Hyatt in Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz with cocktail bars and bartenders throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland represented. The Mixology Bar Awards, now in their 7th year, kicked off Bar Convent Berlin, Europe’s most well-known bar show.

Irish barman Philip Duff and the German TV presenter Hadnet Tesfai hosted the red-carpet-event, which had 500 guests in attendance.

Below are this year’s winners.

Bar of the year (Germany): Spirits (Cologne)
Bar of the year (Austria): Dino’s American Bar (Vienna)
Bar of the year (Switzerland): Onyx Bar (Zürich)
Mixologist of the year: Arnd H. Heissen, Curtain Club at the Ritz-Carlton (Berlin)
Newcomer of the year: Reinhard Pohorec, The Sign (Vienna
Host of the year: Thomas Altenberger, Lebensstern (Berlin)
Spirit of the year: Tanqueray Malacca
Hotel bar of the year: Bar DaCaio (Hamburg)
Bar team of the year: Spirits (Cologne)
Bar menu of the year: Gamsei (Munich)
Mixology City Award 2014: Munich
Bartender’s Choice: Angostura Bitters



Kickstarter Spotlight: Smart Mug

Other Beverage

Here at Mutineer HQ, we are all about cheering on beverage entrepreneurs and their efforts to bring something new to the table. Kickstarter is a great resource for people to bring their ideas to life. The latest project to capture our fancy is a project out of the UK called Smart Mug.

Grad student Evita Krumina is heading up this Kickstarter project to bring a little bit more tech into our lives. Smart Mug is designed to tell you the temperature of the beverage inside for ideal sipping without burns or suffering a mouthful of tepid liquid. As a giant fraidy cat when it comes to hot liquids, I can honestly say that I hope this project succeeds in ending burned tongues and blisters on the roofs of mouths across the globe. Check out the Smart Mug project today and help bring temperature controlled fine beverage to the world.



Big Gay Grape Stomp

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Big Gay Grape Stomp

Celebrate the 2013 Harvest in style with the 1st annual Big Gay Grape Stomp! Our friends at Out In The Vineyard are putting on a bash on October 12th, at the beautiful Peju winery in Napa Valley complete with BBQ and grape stomping competition. Tickets are going fast, so be sure to book your team soon.



Bars and Restaurants Come To the Rescue During the Government Shutdown

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Paul Dellevigne

All across America government workers are furloughed, military commissaries are running out of food and budgets are tight. The people’s champions in this situation aren’t the politicians, but bar and restaurant owners who are welcoming those of us who could use a break.

Up in Philadelphia the birthplace of our ailing government, Red Owl Tavern is offering a couple of $6.00 cocktails and $4.00 craft beers. The aptly chosen libations are The Scofflaw and The Liberty, Yards Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale, along with 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die IPA.

Down here in the D.C. Metro Area Granville’s Moore is offering $1.00 Stella’s. Hotspot Range, Brian Voltaggio is offering a free “Government Cheese” pizza to Federal employees, members of Congress are out of luck. My personal favorite deal belongs to Kramer Books & Afterwards Cafe who is offering happy hour all day, except to members of Congress who will pay double.

There are furloughed government workers who could use a break all over the country. Do you know of a bar or restaurant deal for them in your city? If so, please share the info in the comments section.

Image courtesy of Punch Media and Red Owl Tavern.



Cocktail Friday: Dutch Revival

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Dutch Revival

It’s Friday and you know what that means, it is time to put away those TPS reports and belly up to the bar for a cocktail. For some of you, that means breaking out your Hawthorne strainer, a jigger, and Mutineer Magazine’s Cocktail Friday.

This week we have a recipe for the Dutch Revival cocktail created by Sahil Mehta, bartender at Boston’s Estragon tapas bar, and finalist in the 2012 Luxardo Cocktail Cup and the man behind the Garden of Good and Evil cocktail we featured a few weeks back. Sahil’s cocktail uses a couple of Dutch liquors that may be new to some of you: genver and kummel. The Dutch Revival is a spectacular showcase for genver, a spirit that has been gaining new popularity among bartenders over the last few years and was a precursor to gin. Genver is often barrel aged with sweet and malty characteristics that works beautiful with the flavors of caraway and fennel from the kummel.

Check out these exciting ingredients and jumpstart your liquor locker on this Cocktail Friday.

Dutch Revival
1 1/2 oz. genver (Bols)
1/2 oz. kummel (Combier)
1/2 oz. falernum (Velvet)
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice

Shake with ice and strain into a coupe.



Hospitality Happy Hour with Lisa Davis of Harvest Inn

Miscellaneous

Wine country concierges step out of the shadows and into the spotlight with Drink Careers 101 in a new Hospitality Happy Hour series on YouTube. The first round of interviews and videos will be hosted at the private hospitality center at Trinchero Napa Valley, in partnership with the Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma (CANVAS). Series host and fellow concierge, Harris Oranges, will explore with his guests the behind-the-scenes details of how the best hospitality recommendations get made. The seven-episode Hospitality Happy Hour video series will feature interviews with some of the region’s most well connected and influential recommenders.

This week Harris Oranges met with Lisa Davis of Napa Valley’s Harvest Inn.



Kickstarter Spotlight: Borgata Brewery & Distillery

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Here at Mutineer HQ, we are all about cheering on beverage entrepreneurs and their efforts to bring something new to the table. Kickstarter is a great resource for people to bring their ideas to life. The latest project to catch my eye is from Zac Triemert and Holly Mulkins of Borgata Brewery & Distillery out of Omaha, NE.

Zac and Holly are opening a brewery and distillery and are looking for your help to build a tasting room to help them bring Borgata to the people of Omaha. The Borgata Brewery & Distillery Tasting Room will be serving up canned beer such as their flagship brew, the Borgata Pils as well as a variety of single malt whiskey. Borgata will also be the first distillery in Omaha since before Prohibition, and if the single malt doesn’t make it a worthy cause then that should. Check out their Kickstarter project and help them make this a reality.



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