2014 Cocktail Winners

If your restaurant serves cocktails, then having a well-rounded selection of classic favorites and trendy mixes is the key to increasing your margin of profit and boosting sales. For the perfect cocktail, it requires a skilled bartender and knowledgeable creator. Restaurant Hospitality has selected their 29 favorites from 2014, and the list is interesting, creative, and delicious! Let’s take a look at a few of the winners to see how you can incorporate them into your menu.

In the whisky/bourbon category, there were many winners that were selected! The key is to use the right ice (one large sphere or cube). Here’s a winner we’re particularly fond of:


Restaurant: Gusto Grill, East Brunswick, NJ

Creator: The Gusto Grill mixology team

Inspiration: A cocktail that would combine the elements of an aperitif and a digestif into one vibrant, punchy and delicious elixir.

Key Ingredients: Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey, Tremontis Mirto Myrtle Berry Liqueur and a pink peppercorn/sake-soaked cinnamon stick.

Our next category focuses on tequila. While this may be more of a warm-weather drink, it’s good to prepare your spring and summer drink menus ahead of time!


Restaurant: Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park, NJ

Creator: Chuck West, bartender

Inspiration: Sitting on the beach listening to Nirvana wishing for a great cocktail.

Key Ingredients: Avion Silver Tequila, white nectarines, house-made habanero agave syrup, fresh lime juice, mango puree and creole bitters.

Finally, we’ll take a look at a unique vodka-based cocktail, perfect for brunch or any quaint restaurant!

A Walk In The Park

Restaurant: State & Lake, Chicago

Creator: Linh Pham, g.m.

Inspiration: A cocktail that you can sip and eat (the garnish is an edible flower).

Key Ingredients: Absolut Vanilia, Absolut Craft Smokey Tea, vanilla, almond milk, matcha green tea powder, firestick flower.

Give these drinks a try, or use them as inspiration for your own unique cocktail! It’s a great way to set your cocktail menu apart from the competition and may earn you loyal patrons in the long-run.


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