Stone Fence Competition Cocktails

We welcomed 200 guests to Stagg Court in the Chicago Athletic Association to our 3rd Annual Stone Fence Cocktail Competition & Mitten Drive, where 12 of Chicago’s top bartenders competed with some incredibly creative takes on the traditional cider-based cocktail, the Stone Fence. We were able to raise nearly $1,000 in cash donations and filled four huge boxes with winter gear and coats that we are donating to Chicago’s Jesse Brown VA Medical Center.

The night’s winning cocktail recipes:

Chad Hauge describes his grand prize winning cocktail, the Stone Bridge. (Photo courtesy of Lakeshore Beverage.)

Chad Hauge describes his grand prize winning cocktail, the Stone Bridge. (Photo courtesy of Lakeshore Beverage.)

Stone Fence Competition Grand Prize winner, determined by a panel of 6 judges:

Chad Hauge, Longman & Eagle: “Stone Bridge”
.75 oz. Koval Rye
.5 oz. Vida Mezcal
.25 oz. PX Sherry
.5 oz. Lemon
.33 oz. Normandy apple cider vinegar
.5 oz. toasted spice Swan Creek Honey
.125 oz. molasses
2 oz. The Mitten
Salted caramel coated apple cider gel rim to garnish

The "Easy Wind" cocktail took the "People's Choice" award, determined by popular vote.

The "Easy Wind" cocktail took the "People's Choice" award, determined by popular vote.

“People’s Choice” winner:

Sean Nielsen, Frontier: “Easy Wind”
1.25 oz. Koval Bourbon
1 oz. The Mitten
1 tsp Fennel Apple Jam
.75 oz. Lemon
Salt Air to taste

Click through the gallery below to see recipes from our other participating bartenders:

 
 

We also have must thank our very generous sponsors who made this evening possible: Koval Distillery, Seasons Soda, Chirp Radio, Chrome Industries, and Butcher & Larder.