Limoneira (pronounced lē mon΄âra), Launches Global Mixology Contest
PATRICK REYNOLDS CREATES THE BEST LEMON COCKTAIL IN LA
Patrick Reynolds, bartender at Wildcat Lounge and “Farm to Bar” columnist at the Santa Barbara Independent, created Manāw a Trois, an original concoction that has been crowned the best lemon cocktail in Los Angeles by Limoneira. Reynolds competed against some of Southern California’s most talented and distinguished bartenders as they mixed up their most inventive recipes at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills in November. This event officially kicked off an international series of Limoneira mixology contests that will take place around the world throughout 2015. Reynold’s Winning Limoneira lemon cocktail earned him a $500 check and he will advance to the final round in the international cocktail competition.
Translated, Manāwa means “lemon” in Thai. In this Thai-inspired cocktail, Reynolds uses lemons three ways, thus the cocktail’s name, Manāw a Trois. Spicy, aromatic and exotic, you’ll find the winning recipe below.
The panel of judges included Hadley Tomicki, Editor at Urban Daddy; Lanee Lee, contributor to Voyage Vixens and FoodableTV; Elana Lepkowski of Stir and Strain; 12 Bottle Bar’s David Solmonson; and Beth Fisher of Busy Beth’s Blog.
While competitors mixed it up, party guests watched the bartenders in action while enjoying other party refreshments including assorted hors d’oeuvres and desserts prepared by Chef Marius Blin of Sofitel Los Angeles, Diabolo sparkling French soda, internationally-inspired wine blends from Four Brix Winery, handcrafted Italian liqueurs from Ventura Limoncello Company, and lemon-centric libations from Greenbar Craft Distillery. Guests also had the opportunity to sample the competing cocktails that were created that evening.
Other contest participants included Vincent Anter of FIG Santa Monica, Christopher Hewes of Argyle Hollywood, Michael Nemcik of Red Clay, Melodie Murphy of James Republic, Nic Hirsch of Montage Laguna Beach, Brian Leon of Nobu and Ferrari Watts of Riviera 31.
Upcoming contests following the Los Angeles kick-off will be held in other major U.S. and international cities including Chicago, New York, Lima and Hong Kong. Reynolds will eventually compete with other top mixologists from around the globe in a final round for a chance to win a grand prize.
The Winning Recipe:
Thai influenced cold pressed syrup:
1 cup ginger
2 cups lemongrass
4 cups lemon cucumber
20 lemon basil leaves
1/2 cup yellow jalepeno
4 cups sugar
Chop and combine ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours, then strain.
1 oz cold pressed syrup
1 oz fresh Limoniera lemon juice
2 oz gin (TRU Gin from Greenbar Craft Distillery
A dash of lemon oil
Shake ingredients together and strain. Garnish with cilantro and fresh lemon verbena.
This episode of EncinoMom.tv brought to you by Limoneira Company, a 120-year-old international agribusiness headquartered in Santa Paula, California.
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