The Mitten is great cider for drinking but not a lot of folks outside of the industry know how well it works as an ingredient for mixologists. In fact, it's got everything a mixologist is looking for in cocktails: acid, sweetness, complexity—and bourbon. To showcase The Mitten in mixology, we hosted a second annual mixology competition in Chicago at the Chicago Athletic Assocation on Jan. 10, 2016.
This event showcased some of Chicago's greatest bartenders competing with their take on a classic cider-based cocktail: the Stone Fence. This year’s mixologists were from Green Street Smoked Meats, La Sirena Clandestina, Billy Sunday, Queen Mary, Longman & Eagle, The Hideout, Union League Club of Chicago, Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar, and Ceres Table.
While everyone crafted an excellent cocktail, we did pick one winner: Mae Governale from Hideout Riverwalk. She won a trip to New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail—one of the best mixology conferences in the country. Our People's Choice Winner, Becki Scholl of Green Street Smoked Meats, won a visit at Virtue Farm for a tour and dinner with our chef, Missy Corey.
See some other cocktail entries and recipes from the bartenders who made them: