Bartender’s Brawl

NW Spirits and Mixology Show Cocktail Competition: More Simple Cocktails 2013

Submit your entry HERE


Cocktail Entry Rules, Regulations and Guidelines

Entries due by 12am on May 1, 2013.  Late entries will not be accepted.

Recipe must be competitors original creation.

Any readily available base spirit can be used.  Additional ingredients/spirits must also be readily available*. 

*Readily available means available for purchase at most Oregon Liquor Stores and Local non specialty grocery stores.

It is to the competitors advantage to use Oregon made spirits in their cocktail, but it not required.  Should a finalist use an ingredient that he/she is unsure of it’s availability in Bend, Oregon the finalist will provide this ingredient, reimbursements will not be allocated.

Drink ingredients should be written in standard weights and measures (fluid ounces, cups, teaspoons, etc.). Instructions for mixing and presenting the drink should be clear and concise.

Recipe may be served in any glass/style, except: Blended (frozen) or hot drinks

Please specify your intent within your recipe.


Total liquid/Presentation volume (excluding ice) will be a minimum of three (3) ounces and a maximum of seven (7) ounces.  The maximum number of ingredients shall be five (5), this includes spirits and mixers such as sodas, juices, syrups, vinegars, bitters, muddled fruit, spices, herbs, garnishes, rims etc.

Competitors may not combine multiple ingredients to create one ingredient (i.e. homemade syrups, tinctures, bitters, etc.)

Competitors may use syrups, bitters or other flavorings that are already bottled for resale and are readily available in Oregon.

Recommended glassware must be specified in your recipe.

* It is recommended to provide your own glassware should you compete in the finals, although we will happily supply glassware to the best of your specification for the competition.

Competitors may enter one cocktail recipe for consideration.

All entries become the property of Drink Think and the NW Spirits Show, which reserve the right to use the recipe in promotions, advertising or any other purpose, without compensation or notification to the participant.

Preliminary Judging Criteria

25% – Simplicity, Creativity and Originality of drink design

25% – Use of ingredients

25% – Flavor composition

25% – Ease-ability to recreate the cocktail

Finals will include a presentation and charm component in addition to the above criteria

We are looking for a tasty clean cocktail that well represents the art of craft Mixology and can be mixed at most well stocked bars.

Finalists will be notified by email on or before June 1, 2013.

Submit your original drink recipe per the following Rules and Regulations by Midnight (12am), May 1, 2013.

1      Describe your recipe, giving specific directions of how to make your cocktail (please describe the recipe for someone who is not a bartender and in a way that will easily be used for publication).

2      Label in ounces (i.e. ¼ oz, ½ oz, no ‘counts’).

3      All submissions must be made via the submissions form on

4      By entering this competition you are acknowledging that you have 100% intention of attending the Finals, if chosen, on June 28 and 29 in Bend, OR.

5      Entrants must be of legal drinking age to enter, as of January 1, 2013.*

By entering this competition you agree to all of the above stated terms.

View Finalists from previous years below!



Carlos E. Cuarta

Twitter: @ccuarta


High Proof Chicago


I am originally from Venezuela, working as a bartender here in the states for the last seven years.  I love incorporating ethnic and exotic ingredients into my cocktails in the form of herbs and sugars.  I consistently dare to explore and try unorthodox ingredients. I am passionate about un-aged spirits.


Cocktail: Fiesta Mora

Peruvian Pisco, Mexican Brown Sugar Syrup, Lemon, Sage and Blackberries.  This well-rounded aromatic cocktail is an evolution of a classic sour, highlighting simple contributions from the Sage and Blackberries.


Jabriel Donohue

Twitter: @glassplayground

Portland, OR

Drambuie Brand Influencer / VP Oregon Bartenders Guild


Jabriel became a bartender to get back at his parents for raising him so well.  Though a perpetual curiosity for new and interesting spirits has led him behind bars across the West Coast, his real passion for the business stems from his love of people and the way a cocktail hour provides an opportunity for respite from a long day and the chance to share precious time with friends.  His favorite drink is one enjoyed on a hot day with good friends and the mountains in the distance.


Cocktail: Smoke Screen

Verjus, Drambuie, Tanqueray 10, Pear Liqueur with an Ardbeg rinse and finish make for a tart, floral cocktail with a deceptively smoky nose.


Brian Johnson

Twitter: @CaptainChunk

Tacoma, WA

Projectline Services, Inc.


Brian Johnson has never worked behind the bar a day in his life, but that hasn’t stopped him from learning everything he can about cocktails. He tends towards older cocktails because he finds the history fascinating and the flavor combinations interesting. He never turns down a chance to try a new cocktail and endeavors to teach his friends and family how to make a good cocktail.


Cocktail: Magnetic North No. 2

Reposado Tequila, Fresh Lemon, Ginger, Sage and Vanilla Syrup.

This agave based spirit highlights the spicy heat in the ginger, while the sage wakes up an earthy finish.


Nick Keane

Twitter: @ConOat

Portland, OR

The Parish


A self taught Sake and Shochu expert that’s passionate about all things cocktail/beer/wine and hospitality related. My inspiration comes from the reactions the guests at my bar have to new flavors and new knowledge. The Mixologist is dead! Long live the Host!


Cocktail: Persian Smoke

Averell, Campari, Ginger Drinking Vinegar, Laphroig, Egg White.  A true progression of flavor! Tart, sweet, smoke, bitter


Cocktail: Bitter Vieux

Rye, Lairds Applejack, Lillet Blanc, Green Chartreuse, Benedictine.  A cool spirited entry, with long herbaceous finish. Unabashedly constructed for the fan of the bitter things in life.



Rules and Regulations

Form for entry


Best of luck and we hope to see you in June!



Emily Baker

Beaker and Flask

Portland, Oregon

The Mexican Circus Tiger

Crystal Tequila, Grapefruit and Lime juice, Mezcal, Drambuie, Agave, Angostura, Grapefruit bitters, Shaken

Dustin Drankiewicz

Vanguard Lounge

Las Vegas, Nevada

Noblemans Cobbler

Silver Tequila, St. Germain, Bend Creek Blend White, Cucumber Syrup, Lemon, Blackberries and Strawberries, Mint, rhubarb bitters, Shaken

Jabriel Donohue

Irving Street Kitchen

Portland, Oregon

Tuco’s Good Looks

Blanco Tequila, Drambuie, Grapefruit Juice and Lime Juice, Egg White, Angostura, Shaken

Nathan Gerdes

H5O Bistro and Thatch Tiki Bar

Portland, Oregon

Trial of 193

Vodka, Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice, Allspice Dram, Passion Fruit Puree, Sweet, Orange Bitters,  Sriracha Shaken

Jabriel Donohue

Irving Street Kitchen

Portland, Oregon

St. Cecilia

Jamesons, Campari, Dolin Blanc, Peychauds, Stirred