Some of the best cocktails come not from a ritzy downtown bourbon bar but from your buddy Bill’s basement. You don’t need 10 years of shakin’ and stirrin’ experience before you earn a degree in mixology, but you should know what flavors mingle well together — and that comes from practice and consuming.
In honor of its 130th anniversary, Four Roses bourbon is holding a cocktail competition where the winner will take home the title of crafting the official 130th Anniversary Cocktail, among many other prizes. And unlike most cocktail competitions that are only for working bartenders, Four Roses wants you — Bill, Sally, Aunt Jean, Kirsten, Kristen, Kat, Heather and Betty Sue — to submit your own recipe.
They’re calling it a search for the best backyard bartenders, and the main rules are it must include Four Roses bourbon, duh, and be tasty. You can make any kind of cocktail you’d like, from your take on an Old Fashioned to a nightcap you refer to as the Titicaca Kumquat.
“While most cocktail competitions feature experienced professionals, many Four Roses followers and friends create stand-out drinks for dinner parties, cookouts and any number of other mellow moments,” explained Master Distiller Brent Elliott in a news release. “So, this time around, our search is on for the best home bartender to create the official Four Roses 130th Anniversary Cocktail.”
The first step is just entering your recipe online by Tuesday, Aug. 7, and then they’ll be recreated by pros and judged by a panel of industry experts to determine the best. Recipes will be judged on taste, creativity, aroma and presentation.
Want to know what else you’ll win besides bragging rights?
Well, you’ll get a Four Roses barrel head signed by Elliott and a trip for two to the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in September.
Now, if you reside here in Louisville, we suppose you may not need the roundtrip airfare, but you will get a free stay and dinner at the Brown Hotel; two tickets to “Let’s Talk Bourbon” at the Four Roses Distillery; a VIP tour of Four Roses Warehouse & Bottling Facility; and two tickets to the Great Kentucky Bourbon Tasting & Gala on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Good luck, and remember the deadline is Aug. 7.