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4 winning recipes from the annual (614) Holiday Cocktail Competition

614now Staff



Last week, several hundred of Santa’s little, lush-y helpers joined us for the sold-out 7th annual Holiday Cocktail Competition. Over 20 unique and festive cocktails from some of Columbus’ best bars were sampled, tasty appetizers were had, and sights and sounds of the season were enjoyed.

All photos by Rebecca Tien

Our panel of esteemed judges sipped each elixir and completed the difficult duty of selecting the top three. The 300+ guests of the Holiday Cocktail Competition were also tasked with a challenging job: choosing their favorite drink.

After two fun-filled hours, the results were in.


Scroll down to see all the winners, and don’t forget to pick your favorite recipe to impress your friends at the next holiday party!

Fan Favorite: Asterisk Supper Club

Tea With Milk
Spiced Apple cider Reduction
Chai Tea
Dem Sugar

Bartenders: Steven Riska and Andrew Connelly

3rd Place: Denmark

Sugar Plum Dreams
1.5 oz Old Forester Rye
.5 oz Sugar Plum Cordial (made with Finlandia Vodka)
5 oz Winter Amaro (made with Finlandia Vodka)
1 tbsp Coco Lopez
1 tbsp Sugar Plum Jam
.25 oz Fresh Pressed Pineapple Juice
3 dashes Orange Fig Bitters (made w/ Finlandia Vodka) Dehydrated Pineapple to Garnish

Bartender: Garry White

2nd Place: Citizen’s Trust

Grandpa’s New Girlfriend
2 oz House Spiced Mount
0.5 oz Werther’s Candy Syrup
2 Dashes Rosemary Bitters
.25 oz Bruichladdich PC 10

Bartenders: Logan Demmy and Paige Pfleger (whose grandfather inspired the drink)

1st Place: Cosecha Cocina

Frozen Mexican Hot Chocolate
Herradura Tequila Anejo
Dark Chocoalate
Cocoa Nibs
Grilled Brown Chipoltes
Mexican Coffee
Coconut Milk

Bartenders: Hans Maggard and David Veitch

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The End of the Road?

Julian Foglietti



As the economic impacts of COVID-19 continue, we are beginning to see the effects take their toll on Columbus eateries. Here's a list of some of the changes taking place.

The Sycamore+Cosecha Cocina  

Grow Restaurants, the company which owns Harvest Pizza, has listed The Sycamore and Cosecha for sale. While there hasn't been confirmation that the restaurants won’t make a reappearance in some form, Chris Crader stated in Columbus Underground, “It’s a lot of work to re-open after the pandemic and we have a considerable amount of interest in these two properties so it doesn’t make sense to open and then close again so quickly.”

Miller's Ale House

Both Miller’s Ale House locations are closing. The Florida-based company has removed mention of the Ohio locations from their websites.

Flowers and Bread Co.

In a recent article with Columbus CEO, owners Sarah Lagrotteria and Tricia Wheeler announced the closure of the cafe portion of their business. There are plans to expand the flower and bread workshop portion of the business under the new name Flower and Bread Society.

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Rémy Cointreau presents: The Sidecar





We teamed up with Rémy Cointreau and local bartender, Ben Griest, from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo to bring you an icon of cognac cocktails. Ben's previous videos featured the art of margarita-mixology, and now we are moving on to another tasty cocktail. This timeless, opulent drink is well-balanced and fresh.

With National Cognac Day coming up, we figured it would be great to share, Rémy Martin 1738 presents The Sidecar.

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National Brisket Day is Today!

Julian Foglietti



Photo by Brian Kaiser

With meat shortages starting to take their toll and National Brisket Day here at last - we've gathered a roundup of some spots you can go to to get your brisket fix.

Legacy Smoke House

With their main location in Hilliard and a food truck moving throughout the city, Legacy Smoke House is a solid choice for brisket on National Brisket Day, just be sure to get there while supplies last. Enjoy!

Pecan Pennys

Just off Main Street, Pecan Pennys is ready to fulfill your brisket needs. If your looking to feed a family though be sure to get your orders in advance as they're requesting 24 hours notice on dinner bundles.

Ray-Ray's Hog Pit

With locations in Franklinton, Westerville, Clintonville and Powell Ray Ray's Hog Pit is open for business with brisket stocked at all locations. #NationalBrisketDay is the best day!

Hoggy’s Restaurant and Catering

Located on Bethel Road, Hoggy’s will be stocking brisket for both dine-in or carryout. Feel free to stop in or stop by!

The Pit

With a new location opened up on Parsons Ave. The Pit BBQ will be offering brisket for the National day. Celebrate with some tasty brisket!

City Barbeque

City Barbeque will be offering brisket for the National day! So get excited and get ready for some yummy BBQ brisket!

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