GADF 2008 Mixology Competition

Posted by TraderTiki on August 25th, 2008 — Posted in Events, OBG

For those interested parties, here was my initial entry into the Great American Distillers Festival 2008 Mixology Competition.

Old Wood

  • 1 ½ oz Dry Fly Gin
  • ¾  oz Yellow Chartreuse
  • ¾  oz Carpano Antica
  • rinse Campari
  • 3 dashes scorched Dry Fly Bitters

Rinse a chilled cocktail glass with Campari.  Stir liquors with ice and strain into Campari-rinsed cocktail glass.  Spray Dry Fly Bitters through a flame and into the glass.

About the drink

The cocktail is named Old Wood because I had originally wanted to base a drink on the Bijou (Jewel) cocktail, a favorite of mine.  Since Dry Fly is distilled is Washington, I figured the name of the state jewel, if not already taken, would be a fine choice.  Well, there’s no state Jewel for Washington, but there is a state gem.  That gem, is petrified wood.  Hence, the Old Wood cocktail.  I also think it leads in nicely to the use of Yellow Chartreuse VEP, with the name Very Old Wood.

Dry Fly Bitters

  • 3 parts Caramel Syrup
  • 3 parts Toasted Coriander Tincture
  • 2 parts Lavender Tincture
  • 2 parts Spearmint Tincture
  • 1 part Madagascar Vanilla Bean Tincture
  • 1 part Seville Orange Tincture
  • ½ part Dried Granny Smith Apple Tincture
  • ¼ part Wormwood Tincture

Solids should be infused in 95% grain spirit.  The Coriander, Apple and Orange take around 3-4 days to infuse, the Lavendar, Mint, Vanilla and Wormwood take 24-48 hours.

Caramel Syrup is Caramelized Cane Sugar mixed 4:1 with water, then shaken until dissolved.

The Dry Fly Bitters were developed to aromatically accentuate the botanicals found in Dry Fly Gin.  Flaming them brings a bit more of the fragrance into the air, and adds to the nose of the drink.

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Comment by Chas. Munat


Let me be the first to congratulate you online for your second place finish in the GADF cocktail competition. I hope you use that $500 to stock up, ’cause next trip me and my posse are coming to your bar to drink heavily, as is our wont.

Nice work.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 12:31 pm

Comment by Kim

One more round of “hip hip hurrah!” for Blair’s rockin’ performance at the Distiller’s Festival! Good job & showers of love from me, as always.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 12:39 pm

Comment by Tiare

Absolutely great drink Trader! not sure how to make this though, i can`t get Dry Fly Gin.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 12:46 pm

Comment by Doc Tongue

Blair - congrats on your finish in the GADF comp! It was great watching the cogs in old Duders head work!

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Comment by Kent ( Dry Fly Distiller Guy)

Blair, Just left the GADF, got to my office quick just to write and thank you for picking our brand of Gin.
To see Dry Fly Gin being used by someone of your talent is a true honor for us. The bitters was a sweet gift as well. You made it based on our recipe, bottled a bunch for the audience and won a place in the finals and made some winners cash with the coolest cocktail. I wish I could have thanked you in person, but you were off quick afterwards.

Please stay in touch!

~ Kent

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Comment by Kent ( Dry Fly Distiller Guy)

Oh… and for those wondering (Tiare) if you can get our Famous gin ( and award-winning vodka) in the PDX market… the answer is yes. Check out Pearl Specialty Liquors 9th & Lovejoy.

…. sorry, as this is truly a non-paid-self-serving commercial ;)

~ K

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 3:38 pm

Comment by kittykill

Congrads Mr. Blair! OMP and I are very proud of our little man! You are RAD!

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 10:01 pm

Comment by dshenaut

congrats here is some of what the judges had to say.
Clark- great aroma-caramel to vanilla- all pipe tobacco
Foley- taste-smooth and layered: great balance & depth

also just to let you know you had the best overall score in the whole first round and a perfect technical score.

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 12:53 am

Comment by Siobhan

Congrats, Blair. I’m impressed with your recipe, your preparedness, and your humor. Who else said “fun and profit” when asked what was going on at their bar? ;)

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 9:05 am

Comment by Jefffrane

I loved this cocktail and am so pleased that I got a taste of it. It was so purty!

I even forgive you for handing out all those bottles of Dry Fly Bitters while totally ignoring the back stage crew.

Well, I almost forgive you. Penance may be required.

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 9:57 pm

Comment by bradley dawson

You did do a great job. My bottle is almost half gone. Good bitters, man.

Posted on August 30, 2008 at 1:43 pm

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