PEONY VODKA COCKTAIL COMPETITION 2017

Thanks to our terrific judges Janet Crawshaw, Tim Buzinski and Kara Widmer of THE VALLEY TABLE

EMILY GUTIERREZ   ESSIE’S RESTAURANT | POUGHKEEPSIE, NY

GREEN GODDESS

2 oz Peony Vodka
.5 oz Lime Juice
.5 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz Harney & Sons Tropical Green Tea
   (fresh brewed & chilled)
3 Dashes of Lavender Bitters
1 Dash Grapefruit Bitters

· Place all ingredients in a shaker, fill with ice and shake.
· Strain into a coupe glass and serve.

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Emily Gutierrez is a Hudson Valley native who realized her passion for wines and spirits shortly after joining the Essie’s team. Emily’s inviting, charismatic, and humor-filled personality shines through in her cocktails. She’s worked at several restaurants in the Hudson Valley honing her skills. Although relatively new on the mixology scene, Emily’s passion, enthusiasm, and unique ideas excite customers every time they taste one of her creative and expertly-crafted libations!
 

STEVEN GREMMERT | TAKE 4PRINT RECIPE

REDWOOD BAR & RESTAURANT, KINGSTON, NY

Seattle native Steven Gremmert found an inspiring group of professionals at Redwood in Kingston, NY. With the creative help of owner Kelly Jenkins Polston, and Chef Sean, Redwood’s cocktail menu changes seasonally, utilizing the abundance of fresh, local ingredients. Some of Steven’s other great cocktails include the Lily Pad, the Floral Note, and the Thaifoon – to know how they taste you’ll have to go visit him on the roof at Redwood!

TAKE 4
1.5 oz Peony Vodka
.75 oz Lillet
.75 oz Kronan
.25 oz Lavender Chamomile Simple Syrup
Champagne or sparkling wine to top
· Combine all ingredients except champagne in a yarai glass.
· Stir, then strain into ice-filled rocks glass.
· Garnish with lemon tuille & top with Champagne.
 

AUSTIN SULLIVAN | FARMER’S DAY OFFPRINT RECIPE

HELSINKI HUDSON, HUDSON, NY

Austin Sullivan is Director of Operations for Helsinki Hudson in Hudson, NY, where he allows his passion for service to shine. “For me, it’s about an experience. I love when people can gather for great food and drinks, in a place that’s welcoming and exciting…” You’ll find Austin behind the bar at Helsinki at least one night a week. – “I love being able to stop at the farms on my way in and grab berries that literally just came from the field, or pull fresh herbs from our courtyard garden and see what I can come up with to surprise my guests. I want them to come back and be excited to see me behind the bar.”

FARMER’S DAY OFF
2 oz Peony Vodka
.5 oz Fresh Lemon
1 oz Giffard Fraise des Bois
.5 oz Dolin Dry
5 Fresh Sage Leaves
· All shaken with ice.
· Strain into chilled Martini glass.
· Garnish with Lemon Wheel.
 

JIM BUHL
52 MAIN, MILLERTON
YELLOW PEONY

ABIGAIL DU BOIS
CRAVE, POUGHKEEPSIE
CLOVER FIELD

STEVEN AIGNER
LIBERTY STREET BISTRO, NEWBURGH
PEONY FIZZ

 

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED FOR THEIR CREATIVE & INSPIRING PEONY VODKA COCKTAILS !

Abigail Du Bois, Crave, Poughkeepsie: Summer Moon
Abraham Kim, Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz: Summer Blossom
Anthony Marchionne, Copake Country Club, Craryville: Dessert In A Glass
Becca Sanchez, Charlotte’s Restaurant, Millbrook: Blushing Bliss
Bridget Marie Bullard, Ca’mea Restaurant, Hudson: Garden Party
Caitlyn Kane, Copake Country Club, Craryville: Peony Sunset
Dafna Mizrahi, Monte’s Local Kitchen & Tap Room, Amenia: Black Beauty
Daniel Hickey, The Millerton Inn, Millerton: The Rose Walk
Emily Lyons, Aurelia, Millbrook: Blood Orange Tarragon Martini & French Ginger Pear Martini
Heather Milne, Copake Country Club, Craryville: Peony Dropper
Kaylee Koding, The Greens Restaurant, Copake Country Club, Craryville: 14Th Tee Martini
Kyleigh Zengen, Copake Country Club, Craryville: The Diamond Drop Martini
Lenny Edwards, Copake Country Club, Craryville: Citrus Cucumber Vodka Mojito
Maura Letizia, Maura’s Kitchen, Millbrook: Lavender Love
Michael Snyder, Copake Country Club, Craryville: Millerton Iced Tea
Serge Medikians, Serevan, Millbrook: Minted Persian Rose
Tamara Roper, The Millerton Inn, Millerton: Menage á Trois
Tim Dooley, Crave, Poughkeepsie: North East Blues
Valeria Coronel, Le Express, Poughkeepsie: Summer Sweetheart
Victoria Cintron, Mariner’s Harbor, Kingston: Turning Violet

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!