We are excited to say that we have announced the finalists for the St. Louis 2018 Cocktail Quest! We’ve chosen the fourteen contestants who were able to create a cocktail that best reflected our maxim – Great Vodka for Good. Each cocktail shows the versatility of Snow Leopard Vodka and brings our smooth, rich tasting liquid to the front of the stage. Now for what you’ve been waiting for, here are the Finalists:
Andrew Drake, the bar manager at Wild Flower Resturant, will be creating the Leopard Tail Martini. When asked about what inspired him to create this cocktail, Andrew’s response was, “My inspiration for the cocktail comes from both the vodka itself and, of course, the snow leopards. The vodka stands alone quite well, with flavors of cherry, vanilla, and caramel, and I wanted to try and complement that without overshadowing the vodka. The Tuaca brings the vanilla and caramel notes up and gives a touch of sweetness not usually associated with a vodka martini. The gin brings in flavors from India and the surrounding areas, the natural habitat of the snow leopards. A touch of orange bitters makes the citrus notes in all three liquors shine, and the twist fills out the nose for an elegant and delicious cocktail that packs enough heat to keep you warm on a cold winter night.”
Kira Webster, a bartender at the Preston, will be making the Sonoma Leopard. “This cocktail will it’s paw prints on your taste buds, as two producers dedicated to sustainability and high quality come together in this light twist on a New York Sour.” Kira Webster said.
Kacy Carr, of Scape American Bistro, has composed the Citrus Snow, a drink that is “taking the mimosa back to profoundly fresh basics and a Snow Leopard flare. This cocktail has a crisp orange flavor profile with a hint of effervescence. It is as is you are drinking a glass of a seaside summer sunset” says Kacy. That sounds delicious to us!
Austin Van “wanted to bring attention to the Snow Leopards in a different way. People automatically think of cold eater and hearty creatures. I created a tiki cocktail that is very very tropical and creamy-centered around snow leopard as the base spirit; the intention is to raise an eyebrow and offer something not many vodka cocktails are focused on.” Therefore he created the Leopardo di Catrio! A fun play on words.
While James Nahm concocted a cocktail that provides “an aromatic experience accompanied by a silky wave of herbs, fruits, and citrus. Elusive, and intriguing from start to finish.” The cocktail is appropriately named Snow Leopard Sapidus!
“Inspired by the Lassi, a regional yogurt drink whose roots share a home with the regal snow leopard, this savory libation enshrines a savory cumin flare with a velvety sweetness and notes of citrus, honey, and pistachio.” Mike Harris constructed the Lassi and the Snow Leopard.
Kayla Yarrington of Cork & Barrel chop house & spirits produced the Snow Leopard’s Mister Mistoffelles. A cocktail she describes as “agile and strong, this citrus driven drink brings the fury of elegance and grace.”
Matt Ayers, whom we believe to be a poet on the side, created the Snow Leopard Bastion which he describes as “a blissful breeze, a crisp and calm storm. Embark on this adventure driven by lime, fresh mint, and cucumber.” Sign us up!
“With a bold yet refreshing citrus zest, and the decedent warmth of vanilla and ginger, you will find The Clockwork Orange positively eye-popping.” says creator Josh Mefford. Yum!
A spotted mango may not sound like something you may want to eat, but Nick Ford’s Spotted Mango cocktail sounds delicious. He says it is “a light refreshing summer drink featuring Snow Leopard vodka mixed with mango nectar, lemon juice, and fresh mint topped with grapefruit soda.”
Tim Corley and Mary Stowell, from the Oceano Bistro, teamed up to compose The Three Steps cocktail. Which is named after the three steps on the path to the summit of Mount Everest, that overlooks one the many habitats of the Snow Leopard.
Joshua Johnson created the “Panthera Uncia” (the scientific name for a snow leopard)! A simple, smooth cocktail that is full of flavor.
Mary Mangan, the general manager at Dressel’s Public House, put together the Blushing Leopard. She says, “I was inspired by the classic, the Vesper but wanted to highlight the vodka instead of the gin.”
Phil Czarnec, from BBQ’s Saloon, has created St. SnowLeopard Martini!
We are excited for all of our competitors to be joining us on Monday, January 29th at Anew! And we hope you attend as well to taste all of these delicious cocktails. Please RSVP by emailing [email protected]