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Napa Valley Register Weighs in on Napa Cocktail Scene

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There was a great article by Emily Setsuko Shartin published in the Napa Valley Register today that does a nice job summing up the state of the Napa Valley cocktail scene.

Napa Valley has long been known for its wine culture, but with Mutineer now based in this legendary vino region, we couldn’t help but be amazed by the killer cocktail culture that has evolved through the valley’s restaurants and bars, hence The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition last week featuring some of the best local mixologists.

From the Napa Valley Register article:

Cocktail culture continues to see a renaissance across the country, and if local bartenders have anything to say about it, the Napa Valley is not being left behind. With its wealth of local ingredients and access to high-quality spirits, not to mention an epicurean clientele, the region has become fertile ground for creative bartenders who want to push the limits.
It was unmistakable earlier this week at a holiday cocktail competition and party hosted by Mutineer Magazine at the Napa Valley Opera House, where several local bartenders showcased their skills. The event was sponsored in part by Anchor Distilling Company of San Francisco, whose President David King said the company wanted to be involved in an event outside the city, and liked the up-and-coming nature of Napa’s cocktail scene.

To read this article in its entirety, click here.


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Winners of The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition Announced

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The 3rd Annual Mutineer Magazine Red Carpet Party came to a dramatic close on Sunday night as the winner of The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition was named. After a fierce competition with an array of cocktail submissions from one end of the spectrum to the other and with an absolutely world class panel of judges, Michael Jack Pazdon of SolBar at the Solage Resort in Calistoga was named the champion. Find his cocktail submission below.

Michael Jack Pazdon

The King’s Waes Hail
by Michael Jack Pazdon, SolBar

1 oz. Christian Drouin VSOP Calvados
3/4 oz. The King’s Ginger Liqueur
3/4 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. Carpano Antica Formula
1/2 oz. egg white
dash house-made grenadine*
dash Maraschino Orginale Luxardo
5 drops gingersnap spice tincture**
5 drops Genevieve Genever-style Gin

Combine all ingredients, aside from the genever, in a mixing glass, dry shake for 10 seconds, add ice, shake hard and double strain into a chilled coupe. Float dehydrated apple chip, fresh grated nutmeg, rosemary flowers, 5 drops gingerbread spice tincture and 5 drops Genevieve on top of foam.

*Bring 1 part fresh pomegranate juice to just below a simmer then add 1.2 parts granulated sugar, stir until dissolved. Let cool then add rose water to taste. Bottle and refrigerate.

**Grind 2 tsp. cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks, 9 black peppercorns. Grate 2 whole nutmegs. Toast gently in a pan, remove and combine with 1 oz. grated ginger and 1 c. over-proof rum in an airtight container. Steep for 2 weeks, shaking daily. Strain and bottle in a medicine dropper.

In second place, Jason Withrow of Yountville’s REDD with his cocktail “Rosey Cheeks”.

In third place, Matt Jerome of Napa’s Angèle with his cocktail “Fallen Apple”.

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Michael Jack Pazdon announced as first place winner for The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition.

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Competitors of The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition pose on the red carpet with Anchor Distilling’s President David King.



The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition Cocktail Preview #7

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The King's Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition

The 3rd Annual Mutineer Magazine Red Carpet Party presented by Chinaco Tequila and Luxardo on November 6 will play host to The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition. Sponsored by The King’s Ginger, the competition will feature eight Napa Valley bartenders who must create an original cocktail highlighting the emphatically ginger liqueur. Today we will highlight the King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition cocktail submission of bartender Jason Withrow of Redd in Yountville.

Jason Withrow

Rosey Cheeks
by Jason Withrow, Redd

1 oz. The King’s Ginger Liqueur
1 oz. No. 3 Gin
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. spiced orange simple syrup*
5 fresh cranberries

Muddle ingredients and double strain into a glass. Float the King’s Ginger Liqueur on top. Garnish with spiced orange zests.

*Boil equal parts sugar and water. Add 3 whole allspice, a cardamom pod, a 1-inch piece of vanilla, a 1-inch cinnamon stick and orange zest pieces. Continue boiling until zest is transparent.

Stay tuned as we post the last cocktail submission tomorrow.

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The Mutiny is Spreading to Napa Valley

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Mutineer Magazine Red Carpet Party

Beverage influencers from across the country will come together to celebrate drink culture and the exciting cocktail renaissance in Napa Valley on November 6, 2011 at the 3rd Annual Mutineer Magazine Red Carpet Party at the historic Napa Valley Opera House. After two years in Hollywood, this renowned beverage event moves to the epicurean Napa Valley, whose glamorous food and wine culture needs no introduction.

Mutineer is thrilled to be partnering with two of Anchor Distilling’s iconic spirits brands on the event: Luxardo, the legendary Italian distillery now in its sixth generation of production, and Chinaco Tequila, which introduced the United States to ultra-premium Tequila in 1983.

“Luxardo is an iconic brand that has long been embraced by bartenders around the world, and Chinaco Tequila is on the verge of a massive resurgence as Tequila drinkers become aware of its pivotal role in the introduction of ultra-premium Tequila in the United States,” says Mutineer Editor in Chief and Publisher Alan Kropf. “These are two very special brands to Mutineer and we couldn’t be more excited to be featuring them at this year’s Red Carpet Party.”

In addition to the hand-crafted premium spirits brands, the Mutineer Red Carpet Party will feature Chinaco Tequila and Luxardo-infused canapés led by Millennial Napa Private Chef, Gary Penir of Cuisine GP. Chef Penir will focus on savory bites alongside rising star Pastry Chef Sara Wurst, who will create sweet and unforgettable cocktail inspired morsels.

For non-alcoholic beverages, Seattle-based DRY Soda will be pouring its line up of fruit, flower and herbal sodas, and Blk. Water will be pouring its unique black water infused with fulvic acid.

Local bartenders will be on hand to showcase their skills in “The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition.” The King’s Ginger is an emphatically ginger liqueur originally created for King Edward VII of England (aka “Edward the Caresser”) in 1903. The eight battling bartenders will include:

Matt Jerome – Angèle, Napa
Cory Hancock – Bottega, Yountville
Christopher Kennedy – Bouchon, Yountville
Noel Lopreore – Farmstead, St. Helena
Steve Middler – Morimoto, Napa
Melanie Smith – Press, St. Helena
Jason Withrow – Redd, Yountville
Michael Jack Pazdon – SolBar at the Solage Resort, Calistoga

An impressive panel of bartenders, media and cocktail influencers has been assembled to judge the competition, including:

David King – Anchor Distilling Company
Sara Schneider – Sunset Magazine
Kevin Diedrich – US Bartenders’ Guild SF President + Bar Manager at San Francisco’s Jasper’s
Judd Finkelstein – Founder of F.O.A.M. (Friends of Ardent Mixology) + Winemaker at Judd’s Hill
Bradley Bolt – General Manager & Mixologist at Bar Deville in Chicago

Video footage from the cocktail contest and the event at large will stream live from MutineerMagazine.com and from ToutSuite Social Club, a virtual space where real life intersects with technology.

“We are excited to partner with Mutineer on this unique approach to a cocktail competition. King’s Ginger is fast becoming a staple behind some of the best bars in the U.S. and abroad. We want to highlight the riches of the liqueur with the talent of Napa Valley’s finest gems,” said Rusti Porter, Director of Marketing, Anchor Distilling.

The event is by invitation only; however, Mutineer readers will have the chance to win a limited number of tickets through social media contests in the weeks leading up to the festivities on November 6th.

Red Carpet Event Details:
WHAT: Third Annual Mutineer Magazine Red Carpet Party // The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition
WHERE: Napa Valley Opera House – 1030 Main St. Napa, California
WHEN: November 6 // 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.




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