“My Boulevard” to shake up cocktail competition in Bardstown, Kentucky.
By Hope S. Philbrick
On Monday, June 10, 2013, Tom McGuire will leave his usual post behind the bar at Prohibition in Atlanta, Ga., to travel to the Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Ky., to compete in the Four Roses Bourbon Magic City Cocktail Competition against nine other bartenders.
Up for grabs is a $5,000 grand prize.
In order to compete in the finals, McGuire first won a regional semi-finals round. The competition was created to identify the best mixologists across the country by Four Roses Bourbon in conjunction with Starz Network for their hit show Magic City. At the finals, a panel of four judges will choose a winner based on presentation, choice of cocktail ingredients to combine with the Four Roses Bourbon, overall taste and competitors’ blending and bar skills.
Getaways for Grownups was among the lucky few treated to sample a practice round of his cocktail creation, “My Boulevard.” Our verdict: His competitors face stiff competition. The cocktail is delicious, well-balanced with interesting layers of flavor, seasonal, innovative and packs a heartwarming personal back-story—all while showcasing Four Roses Single Barrel bourbon.
“I’m a native Atlantan and grew up on Boulevard,” says McGuire. “It’s easily one of the most racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods in Atlanta.” His cocktail combines influences from his neighborhood and childhood memories, with nods to friends who introduced him to Indian and Italian cuisines, seasonal ingredients, and his grandmother’s love of bourbon.
The recipe also builds upon a classic: “This cocktail is inspired by the Boulevardier cocktail created by Harry McElhone in 1927—but of course I’ve modified it,” he says. His recipe:
Tom McGuire’s “My Boulevard”
1.5 oz Four Roses Bourbon Single Barrel
.5 oz Aperol
.5 oz Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth
2 oz sliced watermelon
2 whole black peppercorns
2 grains of cardamom (removed from pod)
1 pinch of salt
First muddle peppercorns and cardamom in a mixing glass or a shaker tin ensuring that peppercorns and cardamom are well cracked. Then add watermelon and muddle thoroughly. Combine mixture with Aperol, Antica Formula, and Four Roses Single Barrel. Shake thoroughly with ice. Double strain through a fine mesh strainer into a chilled 7 oz martini glass. Sprinkle salt over top. Garnish with a watermelon rosette.
Cheers! And good luck, Tom!
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Want to meet McGuire but can’t make it to Atlanta, Ga., any time soon? This July you can catch him at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, La.
Four Roses Distillery
1224 Bonds Mill Road
Lawrenceburg, KY 40342
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