Competition-Winning Cocktails Using Barenjager Honey Liqueur
Bärenjäger is a honey liqueur which was first introduced during the 15th century and used by hunters to lure bears from their dwellings. Today's version a 70 proof vodka-based honey liqueur is made in Germany using honey from the Yucatan. Each 750ml bottle contains 225 grams of natural honey and a mixture of botanicals. The drink comes in a straw wrapped bottle that features a hive-shaped topic and an image of bear baiting. The overall flavor profile has honey's floral sweetness but with an herbal complexity.
The winning drink is called "The Bottom Line." Kevin Diedrich's previous bartending experience includes Bourbon and Branch, Michael Mina's Clock Bar, CASK, Beverage Academy, The Ritz Carleton and Bourbon Steak. The new drink is both classic and new. The recipe, plus the recipe for the audience favorite, the Bäre Fizz created by Gerry Corcoran, are after the jump.
Cocktail: The Bottom Line
¾ parts Bärenjäger Honey Liqueur
1 ½ parts Highland Park 18
1 part Manzanilla Sherry
¼ parts Cio Ciaro
1 dash Orange Bitters
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Add all ingredients to mixing glass, ice and stir strain into chilled cocktail glass.
The audience, consisting of media and industry heavyweights was also invited to "bee" judges and voted on their cocktail of choice. The audience favorite went to Gerry Corcoran with the "Bäre Fizz":
Cocktail: Bäre Fizz
.5 parts Bärenjäger Honey Liqueur
2 parts Famous Grouse Scotch®
1 part Fresh Lemon Juice
2-3 parts Toasted Lager Beer
1 Egg White
1 Barspoon Fig Preserves
1 Slice of Fig for Garnish
Dry shake all the ingredients except the lager, add ice and shake again. Double strain into a chilled highball glass, top with the toasted lager beer and garnish with a slice of fig.