April 27th, 2008

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A Scofflaw Crashes a Cocktail Competition

I don't know how many of you picked up the brief mention in this post, but a few weeks ago I entered a local cocktail competition.  The competition is held by a local DC hotel, Hotel Helix, for their spring and summer cocktail menu.  The winner get his or her name and cocktail featured on the lounge's cocktail menu and an overnight weekend stay at the hotel. 

This past Friday I was informed that:



This Tuesday, April 29th, the ten semifinalists are invited to the lounge to test their cocktails.  The final three will be chosen that night by a panel of the hotel staff.  The winner will be decided on Saturday, May 3 at 10pm.  That night, patrons of the bar will sample each of the three finalists cocktails for $7 and the winner decided by crowd approval.

Here is the recipe for my entry, and I will keep you updated with what happens on Tuesday. 

De Lente Smash
3-4 strawberries
5-6 basil leaves
2 oz. Genever Gin (or 1.5 oz London Dry)
.75 oz rich simple syrup
2 dashes Peach Bitters

*In a mixing glass muddle the strawberries, basil and simple syrup.
*Add gin and peach bitters and shake over ice.
*Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  (I use the Hawthorne strainer and a fine mesh sieve.)
*Garnish with a small basil leaf that has been smacked between your hands to release the aroma.

Wish me Luck!!!