NEW YORK, Oct. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Louis Royer, an iconic Cognac house dating to 1853 and led by the fifth generation of its founding family, today announces the six finalists of the 4th "Show Me the Proof!" High Proof Cognac Cocktail Competition. The finalists were chosen from across the U.S. and represent New York and Dallas. Their recipes range from aperitifs to nightcaps, original concepts to riffs on classics like the Sour, Old Pal and Vieux Carre, with inspirations from the seasonal to the whimsical. The competition salutes Louis Royer "Force 53" VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac, which is the pioneer of the now-popular overproof Cognac trend.
The finalists will compete in New York City at Porchlight bar on Monday, November 2, 2015. The Grand Prize is an all-expense paid trip to Jarnac and Paris in France, as well as $1,000.00 in cash prizes for both second and third places.
The six finalists, in first-name alphabetical order, are as follows:
- Dave Nurmi (Porchlight, NYC)
- Dustin Olson (Holiday Cocktail Lounge, NYC)
- Greg Buda (The Dead Rabbit, NYC)
- Jeremy Hawn (Seamstress, NYC)
- Jim Palumbo (The Up & Up, NYC)
- Kirsten Holloway (Pink Magnolia / Coupes & Collins, Dallas)
The judging panel consists of:
- Dale DeGroff – Legendary mixologist and founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail
- Paul Pacult – Noted spirits critic and publisher/editor of The Spirit Journal
- Steve Olson – Founder of aka wine geek and renowned spirits, wine and cocktail expert
- Jack Robertiello – Widely-respected spirits and cocktail writer
- Jerome Royer – Louis Royer Cognac's Master Selector and a fifth-generation family member
Timothy Miner (Long Island Bar, Brooklyn, N.Y.), who won the Grand Prize at last year's cocktail competition, will serve as an honorary judge.
"We are excited by the out-of-the-box thinking and nuance that the recipes demonstrate," says Nicolas Royer, U.S. Brand Ambassador and a sixth-generation member of the Royer family. "The finalists' recipes are some of the best we have seen and we wish them all the best of luck at the final competition in New York.
The cocktail recipe compilation was executed by the competition's partner, ShakeStir.com, a leading online community of thousands of bartenders and mixologists, which promoted it to its members.
About Louis Royer Cognac
Founded in 1853, Louis Royer is an iconic Cognac house located on the banks of the Charente River in Jarnac, France. It is a revered producer Cognacs, including VSOP, high proof and XO expressions that have earned more than 30 international awards since 2010. In 2015, Louis Royer "Force 53" VSOP Cognac received a Gold Medal at the San Francisco Wine & Spirits Competition. The high proof spirit was also awarded a Gold Medal from the Beverage Testing Institute in 2014, which the house's XO won that year as well. In addition, XO was named among the World's Top 120 Spirits by Paul Pacult's renowned The Spirit Journal. Master Blender Laurent Robin works closely with Master Selector Jerome Royer, a fifth-generation family member, together with Master Distiller Monia Martin, to meld together fine eaux-de-vie to create Cognacs of remarkable complexity and approachability. They exemplify the house's bee emblem that symbolizes its passion for work, organization and commitment. For more information, please visit www.louis-royer.com. On social media, please follow us on Twitter at @Force53cognac and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LOUISROYERCOGNAC.
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