Posted by: Matt Browner Hamlin | February 8, 2010

Magnificent Bastard Contest Brackets

The brackets for the single elimination Magnificent Bastard cocktail contest are live. You can see the full chart here. There are a lot of good cocktails in this 32 entry contest, though I haven’t seen this much St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur since early 2008… The Bartender’s ketchup indeed!

Kidding aside, I’m up against Bill York’s submission, which while including St. Germain, also looks pretty damned tasty:

Bill York’s Magnificent Bastard

2 oz Herradura Silver Tequila
1 Tbsp St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
2 healthy dashes Angostura Bitters
Lemon twist

Combine ingredients in an ice filled glass. Strain into cocktail glass & garnish with lemon twist OR serve on the rocks.

Bill’s drink is basically a tequila Old Fashioned sweetened by St. Germain. I’ve had plenty of drinks that pair St. Germain with a silver tequila and I’ve always been a fan of the results, so I’m clearly up against a tough first round opponent.

As a reminder, here’s what I’m bringing to the table in the Magnificent Bastard cocktail contest:

1 oz Mezcal (Del Maguey Chichicapa)
.5 oz Dry Vermouth (Dolin Dry)
.5 oz Sweet Vermouth (Dolin Rouge)
1.5 bar spoons Maraschino (Luxardo)

Stir all ingredients over ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

I like how my cocktail stacks up against Bill’s, but then again, I’ve been working this a while and have grown quite fond of it.

The first round of judging begins on February 11th, so I’ll keep you posted on what happens. The contest will conclude on April 5th.



  1. […] I replied that no, it had elderflower, not St. Germain, and what did he have against bartender’s ketchup? “Nothing,” was the reply. “You put a drink with it on your menu and you’ll […]

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