We have a winner! Our bartender judge, Chris Houk, from Lincoln Restaurant had a hard decision, but after looking through all of your 2012 cocktails he narrowed it down to one.


Cheers to Blair F. of Syracuse, NY for creating the winning cocktail:




2.5 oz. Woodford Reserve Bourbon

0.75 oz. Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur

1/2 tsp Cherry Heering

2 dashes Angostura Bitters



Pour ingredients into mixing glass, stir with cracked ice for 20 seconds, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a cherry.


Here’s what Chris had to say about the “1626”:


“The name has a bit of mystery-pulls the guest in to ask why the name, and creates a dialog between the bartender and guest.  The ingredients are fairly easy to find around specialty stores, for the home bartender, plus most craft bars will have them, and the final result is well balanced.  The Woodford Reserve was a great choice, as bourbon and rye whiskies are very much in demand in drinks nowadays.”


Big thanks to all who participated and to our judge, Chris Houk. There will be more DIA contests rolling out later this month so keep checking in.