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Test Out 5 of 20 Finalists within the Santo Transcend the Bizarre Cocktail Competitors

Out of lots of of entries these TWENTLY (20)* cocktails Transcend the Bizarre in accordance with our judges! (*Finalist cocktails will likely be introduced FIVE (5) per week in no order, for a complete of TWENTY (20) Finalists cocktails.

Thanks to all of the bartenders who participated. Keep tuned for announcement of 5 Bartender Finalists chosen by our judges to compete for Money Prizes coming quickly.



Antonio Gonzales

I Apply Santeria

Bizarre can imply many issues to many individuals as all of us have our personal definitions, and what connects everybody to the peculiar is once we go the issues or individuals which are a part of our on a regular basis life with out seeing the wonder within the tales they inform. So, what would transcend the peculiar? Discovering excellence in these seemingly peculiar and on a regular basis issues. My inspiration for this drink was present in on a regular basis elements which are simply accessible to go together with the nuanced taste of Santo Mezquila. As a result of if you’re impressed, nothing is peculiar.


  • 1 1/2 ozSanto Mezquila
  • 1/2 ozBarenjager Honey
  • 1 ozCoconut Creme
  • 3/4 ozPassion Fruit Puree
  • 3/4 ozBlood Orange Juice
  • 3 inches of Rosemary inventory leaves
  • 2 cash of Serrano Chile

Preparation: Muddle Serrano Chile pepper. Add remaining elements into shaker tin. Add ice. Shake for five seconds Pressure over new ice. Pour over goblet type glass. Garnish with lemon twist on rim and small spring of rosemary.



David Leon

Sippin Down Montrose

Sippin Down Montrose

Take a sip and let this cocktail convey your style buds to a different stage. My inspiration for this cocktail comes from the flavors of the Caribbean, Mojo pork, and a distant reminiscence of a time my pals/household and I had been having fun with Mezcal over at Montrose & Milwaukee Road in Chicago, IL. (No relation to the rock band Montrose, or is there?) Every ingredient and taste discovered on this cocktail may be seen representing the dish of Mojo pork (similar to Man did) and the stunning reminiscence of celebrating with pals on Montrose Road the place it’s 79°F exterior, a ton of Latin meals, and naturally Mezcal! Could these fond recollections raise us up and remind us why we do what we do. Salud!


  • 2 ozMojo infused Santo Mezquila
  • 1/2 ozOrange Juice
  • 1/2 ozLime Juice
  • 1/2 ozSmoked Black Pepper Tomato Shrub*

Preparation: Pour all elements right into a cocktail shaker. Fill cocktail shaker with cubed ice. Seal and shake cocktail for 5-7 Seconds (Relying on type of ice). Pressure cocktail into your glass full of ice. (For Garnish) Peel your orange peel. Categorical oils over prime. Lower peel into strips and place two overlapping on prime. Sprinkle Lime & Salt over the overlapping peels Take pleasure in!! *Smoked Black pepper Tomato Shrub: 2 cups Roma Tomatoes 1 tbsp Contemporary black pepper Pinch of salt 1 cup water 3 dashes Australian Bitters Firm Smoke Bitters. Place all elements right into a pot, convey to a boil, let simmer on med/low till colour is faraway from tomatoes. Add, 1 cup of granulated cane sugar Stir till dissolved. Add 1 cup of white vinegar and let sit on low warmth for five min. Take away from warmth and convey to room temperature earlier than serving. Garnish with orange peel expressed and minimize in strips lined with dehydrated Lime powder Lime & Black Lava Salt.



Timmie Hoffman

Outdated Reminiscences

Old Memories

My inspiration for this cocktail comes from two of my favourite locations. Mexico Metropolis and Northern New Mexico. There may be nothing peculiar concerning the nature in Northern New Mexico, the individuals, or the flavors. Identical goes for Mexico Metropolis. So, I used flavors from meals (fireplace roasted inexperienced Chile, spice and fruit) and two of my favourite cocktails (a Margarita and the Michelada) And created a cocktail that jogged my memory of all of it. The fusion of a blended Mezcal and tequila is subtly smoky, distinctive, easy and takes you again to Mexico in a single sip. I combined it with flavors of inexperienced Chile roasted salsa, earthy Nixta licor de elote and tart but candy pineapple juice. I hope once you sip this you consider a rare journey reminiscence, gathering with buddy or tenting on a mountain prime.


  • 2 ozSantos Mezquila
  • 1 ozroasted inexperienced chile salsa
  • 3/4 ozacid adjusted charred pineapple juice
  • 1/2 ozNixta licor de elote
  • 1/4 ozlime juice

Preparation: Add all elements (Santo mezquila, roasted inexperienced chile salsa, acid adjusted charred pineapple juice, Nixta licor de elote, and lime juice) into greater shaker tin and add ice to the highest of smaller shaker tin. Shake till shaker is frosty on the skin (about 25 seconds) and use strainer and advantageous pressure in a rocks glass over ice. Salsa recipe- 1 Tbsp of olive oil and warmth pan, add 1 hatch inexperienced Chile, 1 tomatillo, 1 small slice of a candy onion, and a slice a crimson bell pepper and roast for about 30 min or till charred marks. Let cool. Add right into a blender with a splash of recent pineapple juice, a pinch of garlic powder, pink sea salt and smoked paprika, Acid adjusted pineapple juice – 4% of the burden of pineapple juice. 400 grams of pineapple juice to 16 grams of citric acid. Garnish with grilled pineapple



Cory Mendonca

The Supper Membership Cocktail

The Supper Club

The Supper Membership Cocktail is an homage to each the great outdated days of Las Vegas, and the town’s present culinary prowess, loosely impressed by the considerably forgotten “Nevada Cocktail” from the 1940’s. I seemed to transcend the peculiar on this construct by bringing collectively the core components of what I think about a traditional supper membership expertise could be and put it in (on) the glass. Simply because the Santo Mezquila showcases the artwork of mixing, I seemed to stability all of the supper membership feels of timeless traditional cocktails, savory participating flavors, and a mesmerizing present right into a single serve.


  • 1 1/2 oz. Santo Mezquila
  • 3/4 oz. Contemporary Grapefruit Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Contemporary Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Tarragon Infused, Navy Power Rum (Wray & Nephew)*
  • 1/2 oz. Agave Nectar
  • 3/4 oz. Grapefruit-Balsamic Shrub**

Preparation: Add Santo Mezquila, infused rum, grapefruit & lime juices, agave nectar and shrub to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake vigorously for 25-30 seconds. Pressure with Hawthorne strainer and advantageous mesh strainer to a relaxing cocktail coupe. Use an hooked up (Cocktail Cuffs) or facet serve demitasse spoon for garnish, layering collectively 1 chunk price of the Grapefruit Cocktail Mignonette, Goat Milk Gouda, and 2-3 Tarragon Leaves. Garnish with Canapé sized layered demitasse spoon of Grapefruit Cocktail ***Mignonette, Goat Milk Gouda, and 2-3 recent Tarragon leaves. Garnish: Goat Milk Gouda Cheese, 2-3 recent Tarragon leaves, and Grapefruit Shrub Cocktail Mignonette***

*Put together Tarragon Infused Rum:

Add 1/4 oz. Contemporary Tarragon (1-2 sprigs) per 2 oz. Wray & Nephew or comparable proof white rum in mason jar. Seal and permit to sit down at room temperature for six hours, then discard herbs. Preserve in hermetic container.

**Grapefruit-Balsamic Shrub:


  • 1/4 c. small, diced Grapefruit
  • 1 oz. Honey
  • 1 oz. White Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 oz. Easy Syrup

Preparation: Mix in a mason jar. Stir, seal, and let sit at room temperature for six hours. Pressure, reserving grapefruit solids (mignonette) refrigerated, for garnish.



Angela Wooden

TNT Mas Tequila

TNT Mas Tequila

I created this cocktail by sticking to my roots. My grandmother was a chef for her complete life and he or she believed in utilizing recent elements with little or no waste. I beloved to observe her create and construct flavors and infrequently ever used recipes that she didn’t write herself. I used to be so impressed that she used methods that had been handed right down to her. So, utilizing a way that dates again to the 1800’s was undoubtedly my method of paying ode to her. We’ve got gotten too snug with synthetic flavors and sweeteners and different merchandise which are tragically dangerous to our well being and the manufacturing of them is taking a toll on the environment. So, I firmly consider that the very best idea to “Transcend the Bizarre,” was to convey it method again and deal with the spirit itself by utilizing clear and sustainable elements which are nice to any particular person’s palette, whereas additionally taking the time to make clear the aggressive notes in my pure elements. Mixology is a science and needs to be as mental as it’s playful. This cocktail has so many layers of flavors you could sip it and style every ingredient individually, but it’s balanced so properly that it really works harmoniously collectively. It’s free from disagreement or dissent… and to me, that isn’t peculiar by any means. secondary observe: I froze a dried lemon wheel and star anise in a transparent rocks dice, however I believe it will lend extra to the palette to garnish with the star anise on prime of the dice with a soaked cinnamon stick tucked behind the ice. I additionally get pleasure from tucking a slapped mint leaf in there too as a result of it’s a complement to natural cocktails, however I didn’t need to distract from the flavour of this cocktail by masking it an excessive amount of, so I left it out. All of those are elective as a result of there are already so many issues happening as soon as it’s been sipped and moved round over the tongue. Because of this I opted so as to add them to the Dice for this competitors solely. I wished to focus solely on the cocktail profile.


  • 1 ozof recent squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 ozof lemon and brown sugar Oleo Saccharum*
  • 8 ozof sturdy chai tea infused brown sugar and spiced easy syrup**
  • 8 ozsanto reposado tequila
  • 4 laborious dashes of black walnut bitters
  • 1C complete milk for clarifying

Preparation: Milk washing Course of: Add all cocktail elements collectively and stir. Cocktail will likely be darkish and really concentrated. Pour 1C of complete milk right into a glass bowl, and slowly add the cocktail combination into the milk whereas stirring to activate the curdling course of. As soon as the milk has begun to curdle, let this sit for hours or as much as in a single day… stirring often. As soon as the cocktail has utterly separated from the curds, pressure this combination over a espresso filter or in a centrifuge if in case you have entry to 1. I strained this through the curds 3 occasions till I noticed that the cocktail was utterly clear. It got here out a stupendous amber colour. This course of pulled ALL of the astringent from the tequila and the tannins from the tea and lemon. I then chilled the clarified cocktail batch till I used to be prepared to make use of it. It may be both shaken (which I might do a dry shake with a strainer ball to create a froth as a result of Its already chilled and that i don’t need to water it down, that is nice for a coupe glass) Or it may be served over an ice ball in a rocks glass. I selected the rocks glass as a result of I wished my garnish within the Dice. This small batch may be made into about 4 cocktails relying in your glassware decisions. Non-obligatory Garnish gold flake / star anise / dried lemon / cinnamon stick / mint leaves I froze a dried lemon wheel and star anise in a transparent rocks dice.

*Lemon and Brown Sugar Oleo Saccharum (Batched)


  • 1 ½ C (packed) Lemon Peels- about 8 lemons
  • ⅔ C Gentle Brown Sugar
  • 2TBS Boiling Water
  • 1 Tbs Excessive Proof Vodka – elective

Preparation: Peel the citrus avoiding the pith. Add brown sugar onto the peels and stir to coat. Let the combination sit lined. in a single day Pressure off the liquid right into a bottle. Depart the peels of their unique container (the liquid has been strained off) and pour boiling water over the peels to rinse remaining sugar and oils. Pressure off liquid once more into the identical bottle as the primary straining Retailer within the fridge for as much as 2 weeks. Add a splash of vodka for prolonged life.

**Chai tea infused brown sugar and spice easy syrup

  • Substances:
  • 1C sturdy brewed Chai Tea (I used 4 baggage & 8oz of boiling water to steep)
  • 1 C gentle brown sugar
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 vanilla bean scored lengthwise

Preparation: Add all elements to a small sauce pot and stir continually till boiling. Let sit till cooled utterly so the spices can steep. As soon as cooled, use as a spiced easy syrup for any recipe. Vodka may be added to assist in giving it an extended life however not mandatory if utilizing it instantly. I sometimes take away the spice bits and preserve for garnishes.



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