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Verify Out 5 of 20 Finalists within the Santo Transcend the Extraordinary Cocktail Competitors

Out of a whole lot of entries these TWENTLY (20)* cocktails Transcend the Extraordinary in response to 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 the announcement of 5 Bartender Finalists chosen by our judges to compete for Money Prizes coming quickly.



Suzy Tweten

Basilica de Santo

My cocktail is supposed to be pure and contemporary, identical to pure blue weber agave tequila. The tequila’s notes of white pepper and citrus play fantastically with herbs akin to basil. That is meant to transcend a typical cocktail expertise by bringing in that freshness, in addition to transferring past typical expectations in cocktail mixtures. Falernum is an ingredient you hardly ever see paired with agave. It’s usually seen in enjoyable, wild tiki cocktails to usher in these notes of clove and ginger. My inspiration for bringing in such a wild ingredient is in fact Santo’s founders, Sammy and Man. Two individuals who know loads about tequila and taste. Effectively, guys, tequila plus basil plus falernum will take you straight to Flavortown! The egg white foam rounds out the flavors and provides it an elevated look and mouthfeel. That is a simple cocktail to make whereas nonetheless transcending the unusual.


  • 2 ouncesSanto Fino Tequila Blanco
  • 1/2 ouncesFalernum liqueur
  • 1 ouncesLime juice
  • 1/4 ouncesBasil syrup*
  • Egg white or vegan various
  • Fragrant bitters for garnish

Preparation: *Basil syrup Make easy syrup utilizing 1 cup sugar to 1 cup water – warmth simply till sugar dissolves. As soon as cooled, mix easy syrup with 1/4 cup contemporary basil on excessive for 30 seconds. High quality pressure and maintain refrigerated. For the cocktail: Add all components besides bitters to a cocktail shaker. Shake effectively with out ice, after which add ice and shake once more. Double pressure right into a coupe glass, and garnish with fragrant bitters “hearts” and a basil leaf.



Jonathan Stanyard

Break The Mildew

Break The Mold

Break the Mildew is a cocktail that’s all in regards to the revelation that’s the Santo Mezquila. The world’s first mix of tequila and mezcal. I usually combine cocktails with a cut up base; Santo Mezquila was the right base for this next-level cocktail. I selected to make use of some tropical fruits and flavors of Mexico to seize the tradition the place the product goes from area to bottle. To carry the vegetal tones of the Blue Weber agave to the forefront, I used contemporary sage to raise these and the citrus and pepper notes. Raspberry and Passionfruit are brilliant and welcoming to the olfactory senses, giving your style buds a fruity dance. Together with the smokey Espadin agave, there’s a excellent steadiness of sunshine and darkish. To make sure a textural part, I used Ardour Fruit in a foam with a contact of agave syrup and repurposed aquafaba (bean water). It’s completed with drops of Hibiscus Saline and a touch of contemporary sage. Each part is available from many grocers or cocktail provide shops. The froth and saline drops are simply made inside minutes with out particular tools. Like Man Fieri, Sammy Hagar, and Juan Eduardo’s groundbreaking mix of mezcal and tequila, I, too, broke the mould.


  • 11/2 ouncesSanto Mezquila
  • 1/2 ouncesRaspberry Syrup
  • 1/2 ouncesFresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters
  • 3 Contemporary Sage Leaves
  • Prime with Ardour Fruit Foam*

Preparation: Add two sage leaves to a cocktail shaker and muddle evenly to carry out the oils and aromas. Add the Santo Mezquila, Raspberry Syrup, Lemon Juice, and ice and shake effectively for 12 seconds. Double pressure right into a enjoyable cocktail glass of alternative. End with a layer of contemporary ardour fruit foam, hibiscus saline drops, and a contemporary sage leaf. Passionfruit Foam 2 ouncesaquafaba 1 ½ ouncesPassionfruit Puree ¾ ouncesAgave Syrup Add the components to a cocktail shaker and shake till smooth however secure foam is achieved. Including a shaker ball or the coil from a Hawthorne strainer may help. Another choice is to make use of a milk frothing wand. Hibiscus Saline Mix 60g of heat water with 6g of salt and a teaspoon of hibiscus flowers. Stir till the salt is dissolved and let steep for quarter-hour—pressure and place right into a dropper bottle.



Nohelani Ader

Kūpuna’s Prayers

Kupunas Prayers

How does my cocktail transcend the unusual? I needed to give attention to Hawaiian historical past month. Particularly, ladies (wahine). Wahines are actually the vessels that home the potential for our nation to perpetuate. They’re the primary lecturers and protectors of the kids. There are tales that goddesses birthed the islands– the land base of our lahui (land, individuals, energy). Some say that if you wish to heal a nation, you begin by supporting its ladies. My cocktail is a good looking illustration of the energy of a lady. The sunshine smoke from the mezcal with the infusion of sizzling chili oil, creates a concord of fireplace and fervour. Adopted with the flavors of guava and basil mixed making a steadiness of tropical and vibrant power, and an aroma of curry to carry it again right down to earth. The mix of the flavors is the illustration of all of the sturdy ladies that stroll our lands and to all our ancestors praying for us.


  • 1 1/2oz Scorching chili oil washed Santo Mezquila
  • 3/4 ouncesGuava basil purée
  • 3/4 ouncesLemon juice Bitter Finish’s curry bitters
  • Pebble ice
  • Lemon twist

Preparation: Scorching chili oil wash: 6oz Santo Mezquila 1tsp Scorching chili oil Combine effectively and permit to infuse room temperature for 2-4 hours, combine once in a while. After room temperature infusion, place in freezer in a single day. Subsequent day, advantageous pressure out frozen oil. Pressure into bottle. Guava basil purée: 1 bag of Goya guava pulp 3 medium sprigs of contemporary basil 1 cup granulated sugar 0.5 cup water Create wealthy easy with sugar and water. As soon as the syrup is totally clear, alter warmth to simmer and slowly add guava pulp. Combine effectively and add chopped contemporary basil. Enable basil to seep into the combination for about 10mins with warmth. Take away from warmth and permit combine to chill right down to room temperature. Pressure out basil leaves and bottle.



Jes Gutierrez-Switaj

Soul on Hearth

Soul on fire

My old flame is cooking, from which my love for cocktail crafting advanced. My spice rack holds probably each spice you’ve heard of, and plenty extra. I hoard spices. I all the time wish to repeat the adage ‘Cooking is an artwork, baking is a science.’ I’m not a scientist, and I strategy my cocktail creation the identical manner I strategy cooking. Begin with an concept, add just a few issues, style, add extra, repeat till it’s excellent. Or till it’s tasty. Generally you create a flop, or you need to begin again at sq. one. However if you happen to let your flavors lead you, you possibly can find yourself with some fairly scrumptious artwork. My spices are like magic potions and powders to me, and I try to use them at any time when I can. My inspiration for this cocktail, and the theme of ‘Transcend the Extraordinary’ was to include widespread family components in inventive and thrilling methods, however nonetheless merely sufficient for any degree of cocktail fanatic to copy. I needed the cocktail itself to be an expertise for all of the senses. The spice of the peppers leaves your lips tingling, the type of warmth solely extra warmth can quell. The lingering Palo Santo and mandarin oils transports the thoughts to sandy, arid climes. The drink’s brilliant golden hue just like the blinding desert solar. An journey for the palate multi functional glass.


  • 1 1/2 ouncesChocolate Milk washed Santo Mezquila
  • 1/2 ouncesChili infused Cognac
  • 1 ouncesMandarin Orange Juice
  • 1/2 ouncesCoriander Syrup
  • 6 Drops Salted Cacao Bitters
  • Squeeze of Lemon Palo Santo Smoke

Preparation: Rim glass by evenly brushing on some coriander syrup after which sprinkling with mandarin salt. Mix cocktail components in a mixing glass with ice. Stir till effectively chilled. Pressure into glass over 1-2 massive chunks of clear ice. Smoke cocktail with Palo Santo earlier than serving. Chocolate Milk washed Santo Mezquila: In a glass container mix 2 ounceschocolate milk and 1/4 teaspoon cocoa powder. Slowly pour in 6 ouncesof Santo Mezquila. Enable combination to relaxation for wherever from 2 hours to in a single day, refrigerated. High quality pressure by way of a espresso filter till clear earlier than utilizing. Chili infused Cognac: 4 ouncesCognac 1/4 teaspoon Szechuan Peppercorns 1 tablespoon dried Ancho Chili items 1 dried Chili de Arbol, crushed Mix components in a small jar. Shake and permit to infuse for minimal 3 hours. Pressure contents earlier than utilizing. Mandarin Salt: Dehydrate peel of 1 mandarin orange, with as a lot pith eliminated as doable. Grind dried peel and 1 heaping teaspoon sea salt in espresso grinder till pulverized. Coriander Syrup: 1/4 cup Entire Coriander Seeds 1 cup Water 3/4 cup Sugar Mix water and sugar in a saucepan. Stir over medium warmth till sugar dissolves. Add coriander and simmer for about quarter-hour, stirring sometimes. Take away from warmth and permit seeds to relaxation in syrup till fully cooled. Pressure, bottle and refrigerate.



Matt Pladgeman

Flava City

Flava Town

For this cocktail I needed to create a cocktail that encompasses all my favourite issues, combining flavors from my childhood (black currant and rhubarb) together with my favourite agave spirit tequila, and incorporating the tropical tasting air (as a result of I’m an enormous fan of all issues tropical) to create a clarified vegan cocktail that defies the customers expectation of what it ought to style like primarily based on its look and ship a posh surprising burst of taste with every sip. The cocktail itself tastes like a blackcurrant rhubarb crumble with buttery pastry notes that come from the bitters and orgeat, topped with a light-weight tropical tea flavored foam or “air” that evenly accents and compliments the fruit notes within the drink. This cocktail transcends the unusual as a result of it visually seems to be like a stiff spirit ahead cocktail topped with a purple foam that’s intriguing to the attention, however as soon as you’re taking that first sip it simply explodes with the surprising taste of a shaken cocktail. I used barely extra acid within the drink than typical because the clarification course of tames the acidic qualities and provides a milky taste to the drink which creates a balanced acid ratio as soon as clarified. This cocktail isn’t you’re historically anticipated tequila cocktail by any means, however the merriment of flavors got here collectively fantastically.


  • 1 1/2 ouncesSanto Reposado Tequila
  • 1/2 ouncesLejay Cassis
  • 1/4 ouncesLoFi Gentian Amaro
  • 1/4 ouncesGiffard Rhubarb Liqueur
  • 1 ouncesLime Juice
  • 1/2 ouncesButtered Pecan Orgeat*
  • 2 Dashes Price Brothers Black Walnut Bitters
  • Coconut Milk Clarified**
  • Topped With a Purple Ardour Air*

Preparation: Take clarified cocktail and pour 4 ouncesover a big dice in a double rocks glass. Hand bland the purple ardour air combination to create the bubbles, then use a julep strainer to scoop the bubbles out and high the glass with the bubbles till you may have it the place the bubbles are rising in regards to the glass line for the garnish.


*Buttered Pecan Orgeat Recipe:


  • 1/2 Cup Coarse Chopped Pecans
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 4 dashes Orange Blossom Water
  • 3 drops of Butter Extract

Preparation: Add pecans to a blender and pulse the blender to get a rough mix, add blended pecans to a bowl with the 1/2 cup of water and canopy the bowl with plastic wrap. Depart the pecan/water combination for twenty-four hours to permit for the “nut milk” to kind. After 24 hours add the nut milk combination with solids to a medium sized pot and add within the brown sugar. Convey the contents to a boil on low to medium warmth whereas stirring to make sure the sugar totally integrates into the combination. As soon as it reaches a bowling level add the butter extract and orange blossom water, stir the syrup then put aside for 30- 45 minutes to chill to room temperature. Pressure out the solids as soon as cool.


**Coconut Milk Clarification


  • 4 1/2 ouncesSanto Reposado Tequila
  • 1 1/2 ouncesLejay Cassis
  • 3/4 ouncesLoFi Gentian Amaro
  • 3/4 ouncesGiffard Rhubarb
  • 3 ouncesLime Juice
  • 1 1/2 ouncesButtered Pecan Orgeat
  • 6 dashes of Price Brother Black Walnut Bitters
  • 3 ouncesUnsweetened Coconut Milk

Preparation: For this I tripled the cocktail spec quantity to make for simpler clarification as you’ll lose some quantity in the course of the course of. Mix all components cocktail right into a cambro and stir till all components are totally blended in. Add 3 ouncesof unsweetened coconut milk to a pot and convey to a boil. As soon as it begins to boil slowly add the recent milk to the cambro and stir to include. Depart the combination at room temperature for 1 hour because the milk begins to curdle. Then place cocktail combination into the fridge for one more hour. After that hour get a number of mason jars and fasten a espresso filter to the highest of every (the extra you may have the faster the method) and fasten with a rubber band in order that the filter will keep on. Slowly pour small portions of the batched drink over the filters, wait about an hour to an hour and a half till the filters cease dripping. Pour remaining contents of every filter right into a container and repeat the method till all is left within the filters are the coconut milk curdles. Lastly repeat the method yet another time with the clarified cocktail this time leaving out the curdles from the final spherical to get one closing pressure of the clarified combination. As soon as accomplished you may have your clarified cocktail. Measure this out right into a 4 ouncesserving dimension for every drink.


***Purple Ardour Air


  • 1/4 ouncesCombier Blue Curaçao
  • 6 ouncesof Tazo Ardour Tea Iced Tea
  • 1 1/4 ouncesof Soy Lecethin right into a small cambro.

Preparation: Take an immersion blender and hand mix the combination evenly skimming the highest of the combination to create the “air.”



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