Boston area bartenders win cocktail competition

Two Boston area bartenders took top honors in an Amaro Montenegro cocktail competition – Naomi Levy of Capo Restaurant in South Boston and Vannaluck Hongthong of Sichuan Garden, Woburn, MA, ShakeStir.com reports.  Levy created Montenegro Time, made with
2.0 oz Amaro Montenegro
1.0 oz Dry Amontillado Sherry
0.5 oz Dry Curaçao
3-4 sprigs Fresh Thyme
1 dash Xocolatl Mole Bitters

Method

Place thyme sprigs in a mixing glass and muddle. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Double strain into a coupette and garnish with a long orange peel wrapped around a bouquet of thyme.
“This elegant sipper ,” she says, “is perfect for any time of year and any time of day. Playing off the beautiful aromatic of Amaro Montenegro, this drink uses orange and thyme combined with the nutty and briney notes of sherry to create a Montenegro focused libation that really sings.” Levy was inspired by the aromatics and flavoring of Amaro Montenegro.

Hongthong notes that New Orleans was where he first had a “proper mint julep” and his drink is a tribute to the Crescent City with a high quality amaro. He used
2.0 oz Amaro Montenegro
0.5 oz Bourbon
10 leaves Mint
Pansies
Powdered Sugar
Method

Muddle mint and bourbon in a julep tin. Add Amaro Montenegro and crushed ice and quickly swizzle. Top with crushed ice. Garnish with mint, pansies and some heavy dashes of powdered sugar.

For his cocktail, Hongthong created Geaux Montenegro –

 

Ingredients
2.0 oz Amaro Montenegro
0.5 oz Bourbon
10 leaves Mint
Pansies
Powdered Sugar
Method

Muddle mint and bourbon in a julep tin. Add Amaro Montenegro and crushed ice and quickly swizzle. Top with crushed ice. Garnish with mint, pansies and some heavy dashes of powdered sugar.

Commenting on his drink, Hongthong adds: “I wanted to enhance the vanilla, orange and earthy qualities. Muddling mint added some vegetal notes and adding bourbon the vanilla stands out. 3 ingredients found anywhere makes it easily replicated. AM is complex, no need to complicate it by adding more ingredients and losing the original flavor.”

The two won an all-expenses paid trip to Tales of the Cocktail.

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