Phew! We’ve just finished wrapping up State of the Art, The Museum of the American Cocktail's (MOTAC) biggest annual cocktail celebration and fundraising event. We had so many wonderful people come out and show their support of the museum, and we are extremely grateful to everyone who participated in the event.
There were a twelve amazing bartenders and several local restaurants who came through to serve up something unique. Each bartender was prompted to come up with a one-of-a-kind summer cocktail which was then judged by our esteemed panel of judges: Dale DeGroff, Lesley Jacobs Solmonson, and Adam Fleischman. There was also a people’s choice award so our guest could pick their favorite, too. Each mixologist was able to choose their base spirit from a portfolio of American spirits, drawn from independent distilleries across the United States.
We kicked off the night with a boozy snoball of a welcome cocktail created by Jonathan Pogash and Star Hodgson using the local Atelier Vie Toulouse Red Absinthe and the museum's working snoball machine. Lesley Jacobs Solmonson gave us a brief overview of the history of independent spirits in the United States, and then bars opened.
Here’s a list of our master mixers and our sponsors:
- Chuck Avery & Moe Johnson - Melt New Orleans - Bayou Rum
- Laura Bellucci - SoBou - The Spirit Guild Gin
- Iris Cardona - Casa Borrega - Mestizo Mezcal
- Melissa "Missy" Cross - Saint Cecilia - Laird's Apple Brandy
- Star Hodgson - Star Craft - Ascendant Spirits Moonshine
- Scot Mattox - El Guapo Bitters - Hangar One Vodka
- Pailinn Petthong - Toups South - Sandeman Port
- Lane Primeaux - Olive or Twist - Tequila Ocho
- Quinn Richard - Compere Lapin - Laird’s Applejack
- Daniel Victory - Victory & The Drink Lab - FEW Spirits Bourbon
- Bazil Zerinsky - Bartender-at-Large - Whistle Pig Rye
While we at the museum think a delicious drink is a prize all its own, there were two drinks that really stood out. Daniel Victory's bourbony Bare Necessities was voted the People’s Choice Award winner by the happy attendees, and our judges chose Laura Bellucci's luscious lemony House of the Rind cocktail as their favorite.
If you weren’t able to make it this year and you’re feeling like you missed out on something awesome (you did), don’t worry! It’s not too late to start planning for next year’s State of the Art event. If you’re curious about the drinks or you had a favorite that you just can’t wait to have again, we’ve included both of the winning recipes.
House of the Rind
Laura Bellucci from SoBou
- 1.5 oz Creme de Earl Grey Infused Spirit Guild Gin
- 3 barspoons homemade lemon curd
- .75 oz fresh lemon juice
- 2 drops Boston Bittahs
- lemon oil
Shake and strain, serve up
- 1.5 oz. Few Spirits Bourbon
- .5 oz. fresh lemon juice
- .5 oz. simple syrup
- Fresh blackberries
- Fresh basil
- Top with ginger beer