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Brandy Cocktail Contest Winner: Leviathan No. 2

By February 16, 2013

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We have a winner in the first cocktail contest of 2013 (theme - Brandy Cocktails) and I am happy to announce that the recipe that took top honors is the Leviathan No. 2 created by Adam Hrapko.

Leviathan No. 2
Leviathan No. 2

Hrapko is currently working as a junior bartender for the Black Angel's Bar in Prague, Czech Republic and his inspiration for this drink was the Leviathan, which was created by another Czech bartender, Rudolf Slavik. You can read more about that in the recipe, but for now allow me to tantalize your taste buds with the drink's mix: Martell Cognac XO, Carpano Antica Formula (sweet vermouth with extras), Vermouth del Professore Bianco (dry vermouth), orange juice, and Becherovka (herbal bitter liqueur). Sure, the ingredients may be a mouthful, but if you take the time to hunt down these ingredients you will not be disappointed. The finished cocktail is a fascinating depth of flavor, very classically styled, and a rich, satisfying mouthfeel that is nothing short of elegant.

Congratulations, Adam, and thank you for sharing such a fine-tuned cocktail! Here is the Leviathan No. 2 cocktail recipe...

When I decided to theme this contest with brandy and open it up to all liquors that are technically considered 'brandies' I knew that we would get some amazing drinks submitted and, yes, there are a number of recipes that used flavored brandies or pisco as their base. You can browse all of the submissions here.

As always, I have to give credit to the other recipe finalists because I think they are very fine drinks to point out as well.  Steven DeKorte's Black Diamond is a fun drink, made of Hennessy Cognac, black raspberry vodka, blackberries,raspberries, mint, and club soda. Then there is the Mooie Dame!, which is a simple, yet enlivening mix of Remy Martin VSOP, Bols Apricot Brandy, fresh apple juice, lemon juice, and egg white. Give both of these drinks a try as well, I think you will really enjoy them.

Thank you to all who submitted recipes, you have done well! Don't forget that we are currently running the Green Cocktail Contest and there is still time to submit your recipe.

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