Minneapolis Bartender Wins Copper & Kings Cocktail Competition

Louisville, KY - Minneapolis bartender Nathaniel Smith of Spoon and Stable is the winner of the Copper & Kings MIXT&PE Cocktail Competition. The national search challenged mixologists to create an American brandy cocktail inspired by a song of their choice. Smith’s selection of “Little Red Corvette” by beloved Minnesota musician Prince won over the judging panel and earned him a trip to Louisville, Ky. to visit the Copper & Kings American brandy distillery and attend the Forecastle Music Festival last weekend. Smith was one of 11 finalists from around the U.S. including bartenders from Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin and Washington D.C.

“Nathaniel’s cocktail was balanced and inventive showing a lot of thought and knowledge of mixology,” said Copper & Kings national brand ambassador Chris Wilkins. “He melded three of our products together for a drink that truly rocks.”

His winning cocktail recipe for the “Little Red Corvette” includes:

  • 1 ½ ounces Copper & Kings American Apple Brandy
  • 1 ounce homemade rosé vermouth (see recipe using Copper & Kings Immature Brandy)
  • ¾ ounce fresh lime juice
  • ¾ ounce housemade grenadine
  • 5 drops housemade apple bitters (using Copper & Kings Un-Aged Apple Brandy as base)

Directions: In a shaker tin, combine apple brandy, vermouth, lime juice, grenadine and apple bitters. Add ice and shake. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with apple slice.

To make rosé vermouth: Steep 1 pound fresh, hulled strawberries in 2½ cups of Copper & Kings Immature Brandy for two days. Strain. Caramelize 3 cups of sugar and cool. Add strawberry steeped brandy and heat. Cool. In a second pot, combine 3 cups of Spanish garnacha rosé wine with fresh rosemary, sage, oregano and thyme with ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, dried wormwood, gentian and powdered ginger. Boil for 10 minutes and cool. Add one cup ruby port. Combine with strawberry brandy mixture and add orange zest. Strain.

About Copper & Kings American Brandy Co.:
Copper & Kings uses small batch copper pot-distillation to forge untraditional, non-derivative, pure pot-distilled American apple and grape brandies and absinthe that are non-chill filtered with no added sugar, colors, flavors or synthetic chemicals. The state-of-the-art distillery exclusively focuses on the distillation of brandy. Copper & Kings, located at 1121 E. Washington St. in Butchertown, is owned by beverage entrepreneurs Joe and Lesley Heron. Products are currently available in 22 markets in the South, Midwest and Northeast. For more information, visit www.copperandkings.com or follow @CopperAndKings on Facebook and Twitter.

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