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Anchor Distilling Company

October 24, 2012 13:00 ET

Clint Rogers Named National Champion of Luxardo Cocktail Cup

Roger's 'Goat Town Swizzle' Cocktail, a Tribute to Chicago's Past, Made With Luxardo's Fernet and Apricot, Wins Top Honors

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 24, 2012) - On Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 in San Francisco, Anchor Distilling Company and Mutineer Magazine were pleased to name Clint Rogers, spirits director of Chicago's Henri, the national champion of the Luxardo Cocktail Cup competition. Showcasing his mastery of mixology and knowledge of Luxardo liqueurs, Rogers, one of seven finalists from around the U.S., secured the title with his original cocktail, 'Goat Town Swizzle.' 

Goat Town Swizzle
by Clint Rogers of Chicago's Henri

1 oz Old Potrero Straight Rye Whiskey
.5 oz Luxardo Apricot
.33 oz Luxardo Fernet
.75 oz lemon juice
.5 oz homemade orgeat*
"minted" crushed ice*
4 dashes Angostura Bitters
3 dashes Fee Bros. Orange Bitters
Garnish with wide spiraled lemon peel and sprig of fresh spearmint

In a Collins glass, add ingredients beginning with orgeat and ending with rye. Fill glass half full with "minted" crushed ice. Begin "swizzling" cocktail with stick until cocktail is blended and ice forms on outside of glass. Top with more "minted" crushed ice and garnish with lemon and mint. Serve with a straw.
* Homemade Orgeat & "Minted" Ice recipes here.

Over the past two months, a diverse group of accomplished bartenders and mixologists from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle have been fiercely mixing up original cocktails to be submitted for consideration in the Luxardo Cocktail Cup competition. Submissions had to reflect the heritage of the bartender's home city and feature products from the Luxardo portfolio, Italy's premier family producer of liqueurs. One finalist from each city and a local media judge were then flown to San Francisco for the final competition held at Anchor Distilling's Penthouse Bar.

The final competition was judged by Matteo Luxardo, a 6th generation family member and Luxardo's export manager; Francesco LaFranconi, national director of mixology & spirits educator of Southern Wine & Spirits; David King, president of Anchor Distilling Company; David Nepove, the president of the US Bartenders' Guild (USBG) and Brian Kropf, editor-in-chief of Mutineer Magazine. Finalists were judged on a variety of criteria, including the use of Luxardo products, aroma, flavor, technique, presentation and creativity.

The competition culminated in a dramatic final shake off on October 18, with awards going to:

  • First Place: Clint Rogers, Chicago, Henri: 'Goat Town Swizzle'
  • Second Place: Andrew Friedman, Seattle, Liberty Bar, 'Una Oportunidad'
  • Third Place: Aaron Polsky, New York City, Neta and Amor y Amargo, 'Dirty Martinez' 

"Luxardo's timeless portfolio of spirits has a very special place in the cocktail community, and it has been a privilege for Mutineer Magazine to put together this competition," said Alan Kropf, president of Mutineer. "We're thrilled with the enthusiastic response we received from bartenders in the seven cities that submitted for the competition, as well as the tremendously talented field of finalists that competed for the top honors in San Francisco last week."

As the Luxardo Cocktail Cup national champion, Rogers will receive an all expense-paid trip to Italy to visit Luxardo, a feature in Mutineer Magazine, and a cocktail video on the Small Screen Network. Local media judge, Ari Bendersky of EATER Chicago will accompany Rogers to Italy.

Rogers hails from the over-size state of Texas where his fascination with drink began at an Austin, Texas brewery. As a veteran of the Chicago restaurant scene, he has worn many hats from server to bartender to wine buyer, at a range of locations that includes Graham Elliot, Nightwood, Opera and The Gage.

"Many know Luxardo for its flagship liqueur, Maraschino, so it was really encouraging to see many of the finalists' cocktails using a wide variety of products from the Luxardo portfolio, especially the fernet and amaretto," said Rusti Porter, marketing director for Anchor Distilling Company, the U.S. importer of Luxardo. "Luxardo has experienced growth of more than 20 percent year over year, and that growth can really be attributed to the mixologist community embracing the Luxardo portfolio and range of products, to create unique signature cocktails for their customers."

For a full list of finalists and cocktails, please visit: http://www.mutineermagazine.com/blog/2012/09/mutineer-magazines-luxardo-cocktail-cup-finalists-announced/.

About Luxardo
Founded in 1821 and currently under direction of the sixth generation of Luxardos, the Luxardo company is completely family-owned, honoring the tradition Girolamo Luxardo established nearly 200 years ago. The Luxardo family owns and manages the largest European orchards of the sour cherry Marasca variety Luxardo, with more than 22,000 trees located near Padova and Venice in northeastern Italy. Today, the Luxardos are producing a full line of classic, high quality, Italian liqueurs. For more information, please visit http://www.anchordistilling.com/brands/luxardo.

About Anchor Distilling Company
Anchor Distilling Company aims to provide the bridge between discerning buyers and the world's finest spirits. A privately owned distiller and importer, Anchor boasts an artisanal portfolio with more than 300 specialty products from nearly 20 countries. All products are from multigenerational, family-owned companies and are sought by connoisseurs for their superior handcrafted artisanal qualities. From a distilling perspective, Anchor is dedicated to creating very small batches of traditionally distilled spirits. For more information, please visit www.AnchorDistilling.com.

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