Roots US cocktail competition

Roots US cocktail competition

The final of our Roots US competition, who is coming to Greece and the Athens Bar Show !

16.10.2018News

Roots US cocktail competition

"Back to the Roots" is a mobile competition, moving from place to place every year. It all started 2 years ago in Milan, Italy and last year we moved on to the UK and London. This year it was time to be on the US east coast !

The philosophy of the competition is always the same:

Back to the Roots: Simplicity, authenticity, heritage. Great drinks are easy to make, you just need unique ingredients & a story to tell


Ιn order to enter, competitors had to connect their own roots with Roots, presenting a simple low abv or classic twist cocktail. The final took place on the 8th of October in NY, at Ousia NYC s a high end bar restaurant with a greek mediterranean twist, located on the waterfront, just off the West Side Highway. First of all meet our judging panel, from right to left:


Judges

Adam Teeter, CEO & co-founder at Vinepair, the fastest growing drinks media company. Adam is an authority on how to make the drinks world accessible to everyone as well as on the ever evolving media landscape. He is the winner of the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup American Wine-Tasting Championship and holds an MBA from NYU Stern. 

Dimitrios Elias Zahariadis, co-founder and President of the United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) New Haven Chapter (formerly CT Chapter), is an award-winning bartender and pioneer in the craft cocktail movement in the state of CT. Roots Brand Ambassador in New England

Eric Job, born and raised in Norwich, Connecticut and moved to NYC to work for Tom Colicchio almost a decade ago . Worked at various prestigiouscocktail bars in Manhattan and Brooklyn including Amor y Amargo and Extra Fancy. For the last fours years he is the east coast brand ambassador for Olmeca Altos tequila. 

Τhe big winner, Jen La Forge, from Blossom bar in Boston ! Jen will be coming to Athens Bar Show, in Athens Greece in November !

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and her cocktail:

"Always Sunny"
1 & 1/2 oz Roots Diktamo
1/2 oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
1/2 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
1/2 oz Coco Lopez

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The second winner was also from Boston, and Backbar, Sam Treadway


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with his cocktail:

"Private Moment"

1 oz Roots Tentura
1 oz Privateer Amber Rum
1 oz Lustau oloroso sherry
Rinse of Alice and the Magician Tobacco Spray

Sam Treadway

The third in the podium was finally from NYC, where the competition took place. Ladies and gents, Alexander Kass from the Aviary at the Mandarin Oriental, and Lion Lion

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Rocket War or “Rouketopolemos”

2 oz Roots Mastic
3/4 oz lemon juice
3 cucumber slices
handful arugula
5 dashes Fee Bros. Peach Bitters

Alex Kass

Meet all the finalists and their (awesome) cocktails:

Arnaldo Silva, Boqueria, NY
Arnaldo Silva

“Island Roots”
Roots Mastic
Honey syrup (2:1)
Coconut water
Rose sparkling wine
A dash of aromatic bitters


Arnaldo Silva

Basilios Sambanidis, Ousia, NY
Basilios Sambanidis

“Aorato Negroni”

Roots Mastiha
Gin
Dry vermouth
Lemon Bitters

Basilios Sambanidis

Camila Fernandes, Osamil, NY
Camila

“Chios Berry”

Roots Mastiha
Coconut water
Lime juice
Raspberries

Camila

Conrad Meurice, Chango Rosa, CT
Conrad


"Blueberry Woodlawn"

Roots Mastitha
Sparkling water
blueberries
sprig of rosemary
Dandelion & Burdock Bitters

Conrad

Daniel Rek, Elm City Social, CT
Daniel Rek


"Simple Med"

Roots Mastiha
Boston Bittah’s
Cucumber Juice
Lime Juice

Daniel Rek

Tough decisions:
Dimitri

David Roth, Covina, New York
David


"Nom De Plume”

Roots Mastiha
Pedro Jimenez Sherry
Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
Punt e Mes
Orange Bitters

David


East Lee, Fig & Olive, New York
East Lee


“Greek White Russian”

Roots Rakomelo
grappa
vanilla frozen yogurt
lemon peel

East Lee

Eli Shapiro, Railstop Brighton, MA
Eli


Eli


"Αεροπορία"
Roots Mastiha
Creme de Violette
Lemon Juice

Eli


Erika Di Santis, Pouring Ribbons, New York
Erika


"ANEMONE”
Roots Diktamo
Fino Sherry
Roots Kanela
Vermouth di Torino
Celery Bitters
Angostura Bitters
Orange Bitters

Erika


Erika


Garcelle Menos, Las Lap, New York
Garcelle


“25 Tons”
Roots Rakomelo
Faran Olorosso Sherry
fresh squeezed lime juice
Coco Rico Coconut soda

Garcelle


Goeffrey Smith, On20, CT
Geoffrey


“Eleadic Stranger”
Roots Mastiha
Metaxa 12 Star
Harney and Sons honeyed Oolong pomegranate tea
Lemon Juice
Angostura bitters

Geofrey


Laura Ganci, Brassica Kitchen Boston, MA
Laura


“Nemeans’s Tail”
Roots Tentura Liqueur
Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon
Ancho Reyes Chili Ancho Liqueur
Fresh Lime Juice
Angostura Bitters

Laura


Linda Garcia, Blacktail, New York
Linda


“Canela y Picante”
Roots Tentura
freshly juiced peach
Top with ice & Westbrook brewing Co. Gose beer

Linda


Luke Doherty, Less than greater than, Boston, MA
Luke


Luke


“TIKI JUICE REDUX”

Roots Rakomelo
Briottet Crème de Banane
fresh pineapple juice
Club Soda
Bittermens Elemakule Tiki Bitters

Luke


Maria Phillipis, Kovo, Kingston - NY
maria


"The Grexican"

Roots Mastiha
Yola Mezcal
Contratto Aperitif

maria


Rob - Rugg Hinds, The Eddy, NY
rob


“KISSAMOS SOUR”

Roots Rakomelo
demerara sugar syrup
fresh lemon juice

rob


Marcelo Chasi, The 18th Room, NYC
Marcelo


"18th Sour"

Roots Mastiha
fresh grapefruit juice 
fresh lime juice 
Jalapenos
angostura bitters

marcelo


Amazing food by Ousia NYC:

ousia


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All drinks were exceptional and as all judges agreed, the decision was extremely tough:
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The awards and gifts for everyone are starting:
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Cheers, or Yamas (γειά μας) and see you all again very soon !

You can get Roots on premise: 
- NY Blueprint Spirits
- MA Inspired Beverage Inc.
- CT Opici
or contact us cheers@finestroots.com