On April 26th, we had our ‘Battle of the Bartenders’ competition. During this event, bartenders from both Copper Canyon Grill and Stanford Grill locations created unique cocktails using Old Forrester Bourbon.
Old Forrester Bourbon was created in 1870, and it is the only bourbon continually distilled and marketed by the founding family before, during, and after Prohibition. It has a sharp and sweet nose with a strong floral character that swirls with hints of mint, rich tobacco, vanilla, plus a touch of oak and pine. The taste is sharp at first but quickly softens to reveal hints of oak, sweet corn, and rye. You can also taste spicy notes with soft vanilla and orange.
The winner of the night was Copper Canyon Grill Orlando! Bartender Andrea Cannon created the winning Strawberry Julep cocktail. It was Rocky Rojas who came to the competition to represent the Orlando unit. Coming right behind Orlando, in second place, is Copper Canyon Grill Silver Spring with their Cold Brewed Tini. This caffeinated concoction was imagined by Bartender Vanessa Nolan. Stop by the location nearest you to taste these winning cocktails!
Breakthru beverage sponsored the event and the plaque was donated by Old Forrester Bourbon. We’d like to thank our staff for participating in the competition and to everyone who submitted a recipe. Special thanks to Allyson Belknap and Patrick Monnig for coordinating the event and making it a success.