Cocktail Competition

Thanks to all the AMAZING bartenders who submitted cocktails for the 2014 competition! We had to narrow it down to just five finalists, and we cannot tell you how tough that was. It was a fierce competition, with amazing cocktails from all-star bartenders all over the Northwest!

We’d also like to thank our fabulous guest judges who helped make this competition fun and fair, and without whom some of us would have had serious palate fatigue. THANK YOU!

Below are the five recipes that made the cut and competed at Northwest Tequila Fest. The 2014 winner was Amanda Reed, with her cocktail “The Wondrous Life of Mango”, and she will be headed to Mexico in early 2015!.

La Reina Mora by Cameron George of Barrio

2 oz Don Julio Anejo
.25 oz Agave syrup
.25 Kummel liquor
1 pinch of salt
2 dashes of Mole bitters
4 dashes Peychaud's bitters

Garnish with an agave/salt/sugar/bread crumb rim, and orange twist.

The Green Milk Punch #3 by Zach Harjo of Ocho

don julio reposado
pierde almas dobodaan mezcal
clarified milk reduction, tropical (housemade)
Basil Tepache
Coconut milk ice cube

Garnish with fresh basil.

Buena Suerte by Sean Johnson of Canon

2oz Blanco Tequila
.75 oz Coconut milk
.5 oz Tempus Fugit Cacao
.25 oz Angostura Bitters
.25 oz Agave Syrup
pinch of salt

Garnish with straw and sugared mint.

The Wondrous Life of Mango by Amanda Reed of Tavern Law (2014 Winner)

2 oz Don Julio Reposado 1 oz Mango-Red Pepper Syrup*
.75 oz Kina L'Avion d'Or Aperitif
3 dashes of Scrappy's Lime Bitters
3 dashes of Scrappy's Celery Bitters
Tajin-Worm Chili Salt Blend

Garnish with a sliced miniature red bell pepper.

Navvara Night Cap by Aaron Robinson of Aragona

1.5 oz Don Julio anejo tequila
.75 oz dolin dry vermouth
.75 oz house made huckleberry patxaran
2 dashes peychauds bitters
2 dashes Reagan's orange bitters
2 lemons

Garnish with a house made candied and crushed coffee and cara cara orange powder rim, and lemon peel.


The NWTF Cocktail Competition is open to all bartenders and establishments in the Pacific Northwest. Entries must be from, created by, and poured in contest by a bartender. Sorry, no “home bartenders” allowed.

Each entrant shall submit one cocktail recipe to on or before the designated date (June 1, 2014) The recipes shall be an original creation of the competitors. Entrants may only submit one recipe into the competition, and will be notified by email/phone if they are a finalist.

Submission will include:

  • Name of Bartender
  • Place of employment
  • Work schedule
  • Recipe
  • Contact Information

Drink Rules


  • must be an original creation
  • will be expressed in ounces, dashes or drops
  • must be composed of 7 (seven) products or less

No limit for the edible garnish (anything can be used) and it can be put on or in the glass.

Specialty glassware must be provided by Contestant.

All drinks may be: Hand Stirred, Hand Shaken, or Built. Leave the blender at home unless you can power it by hand.

Competitor is allowed to use his or her own bar utensils to prepare the drink, although basic utensils will be provided.


First round – upon notification of being a finalist, a panel of judges will come in on a specified day to the bartender’s place of employment (to be agreed upon with competitor) to sample the cocktail.
Of these first round competitors, five (5) finalists will be chosen.

Final round: On the day of NWTF, one bar will be set on stage for the five (5) finalists. The first competitor will come on stage. Each competitor will bring all the required ingredients, garnishes, and utensils on stage. Glassware except specialty glasses will be preset on the table by NWTF. When the competitors have set out and displayed the ingredients and bottles, they shall wait for the signal from the judges to begin. When any competitor has finished his/her drink, a representative of NWTF will deliver them to the judges. After each finalist stations will be cleaned and set up for the next competitor. All competitors will prepare four (4) portions according to recipe.


There will be one (1) panel of three (or four) judges. They will judge the Finalists’ drinks. The Judges will make certain, that the Cocktail Number corresponds with the Number on the scoring sheet and that the scoring sheet are marked correctly and signed after each drink is judged. Scoring sheets will be tabulated at the end of the competition by the three judges.


The Cocktail Competition’s scoring shall be based on Appearance, Taste and Functionality on a scale of 1 to 10 for a final score of up to 30 points.


Grand Prize for the NWTF Cocktail Competition will be two (2) roundtrip tickets, lodging and tasting tour in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Second place will receive a $500 Visa gift card.
Third, fourth and Fifth place will receive a $100 visa gift card.

Good luck!

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