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Cheers! Winning recipes from inaugural Winter Cocktail Competition

614now Staff



The inaugural Winter Cocktail Competition is officially in the books! Thanks to everyone who joined (614) Maker’s Mark, and Jim Bean for the sipping, sampling, and socializing event at Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph on Monday, February 24.

With 17 of Columbus’ best mixologists present, the competition was fierce. While everyone walked away with the piece of the prize having just been in attendance, there could only be one winner.

Scroll down for the winners and fan favorite, a photo gallery, and recipes of all 17 bars so you can recreate the evening without ever leaving the house!

Oddfellows Liquor Bar “Florida Man THIRD PLACE

2 oz el Tesoro repo
1.5 oz spicy Agua Fresca
.75 oz lime juice
.5 oz martini ambrato
2 dash saline
Bartenders/Assistants: David Yee

Denmark on High “Turn Around Dark Ryes” SECOND PLACE

1oz Old Overholt Rye
1oz Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye
.5oz House Cherry Cordial (we can use Effen Vodka for this)
.5oz Averna Amaro
.5 Vanilla Turbinado
.5 Maple Everclear
Bacon Sugar Rim
Bartenders/Assistants: Sean Taylor

Novak’s “Fog in Hakuba” FIRST PLACE

1oz Shitake infused Toki Japanese Whiskey
1.5oz Oolong Tea
.75oz Yuzu
1.5oz Strawberry Dragon fruit Puree

VASO Rooftop Lounge “Banksy Bubbles” FAN FAVORITE

2 oz Haku Vodka
3 oz Green Apple Juice
½ oz Midori
¼ oz Green Apple Cordial
2 Dashes Acid Blend
Bartenders/Assistants: Logan Demmy

Antiques on High / Seventh Son Brewing “Bloodtwig”

1/2 oz El Tesoro Reposado
1 1/2 oz Roku Gin
3/4 oz orange liqueur (Courvoisier infusion)
3/4 oz seasonal fruit shrub
1/4 oz simple
1/4 oz grapefruit
Bartenders/Assistants: Matt Waite, Ryan Eilbeck

Asterisk Supper Club “Obviously You’re Not a Golfer”

.5 Peppercorn + Lemon Peel infused Effen Vodka
.5 Coffee Liquor
.5 oz Toasted Cream infused with Chai
Bartenders/Assistants: Steven Riska

Barrel and Boar “Rose + Rye”

1.5oz Basil Rye
3/4oz Lemon Juice
3/4oz Rosemary Syrup
1/2oz St. Germaine
Bartenders/Assistants: Chris Scarver

Buckeye Bourbon House “Pearl and Gay”

2oz Knob Creek Single Barrel
.75oz Luxardo
Maraschino Liqueur
.25oz Fig Jam
1 dash Black Walnut Bitters
3 dashes Angosture Bitters
Bartenders/Assistants: Onisha Burch


Final Cut at Hollywood Casino “Apple Strudel Martini

2.5oz Jim Beam Apple
1oz Rumchata
.5oz Butterscotch Schnapps
1.5oz Apple Cider
Splash Orange Bitters
1/8 size slice Muddled Orange
Apple Slice Garnish
Bartenders/Assistants: William Sanders

High Bank Distillery “The Ski Trip”

2oz Courvoisier VSOP
.5oz Toki Whiskey
1oz amaro ango
1oz sweet vermouth
1oz spiced blackberry syrup
Bartenders/Assistants: Zach Jensen

Mitchell’s Steakhouse “Tableside Torched Apple Manhattan

2-1/2 oz – Bakers
1/2 oz – Berentzen Apple Liqueur
1/2 oz – Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
Garnish 1 Black Cherry

Combine above ingredients
Stir with ice
Strain cocktail over black cherry in a beaker
Place the Apple Wood chips in cast iron skillet
Torch the Apple Wood chips with a low flame until smoldering
Place serving glass over smoldering wood chips 20 secs
Remove glass and place large 2×2 ice cube in it
Pour cocktail into the serving glass

Nosh on High “Take Me Home”

2 oz Effen Vodka
1/2 Egg white
1 1/2 oz Smoked Apricot & Rhubarb compote
1/2 oz St Germain
1/2 Aperol
Blonde Lillet spritz
Dried Rhubarb Garnish
Coupe Glass
Bartenders/Assistants: Andre Baskins

Short North Pint House “Apple Pie Whiskey Sour”

1.5oz Makers Mark
Maple Syrup
Lemon juice
Apple Pie Spices
Garnished with a spiced apple slice
Bartenders/Assistants: Kierstin McCracken

Soul at The Joseph “Banana Foster Old Fashioned”

2 oz Knob Creek Single Barrel (infused with vanilla, fig, and walnut)
1/2 oz Giffard Banane de Bresil
Mole Chocolate Bitters
Bartenders/Assistants: Alex Burch and Bee Zaccaria

The Brew Brothers at Eldorado Scioto Downs “Scioto Showdown”

1.5 oz Jim Beam White
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
1 tsp Allspice
Muddled Cherries
Orange Slice
Bartenders/Assistants: Robert Tabler & Anna Dowden

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar “The Honey Maker”

1.5oz Chamomile infused Makers Mark
.75oz egg white
.5oz Honey Rosemary Simple Syrup
.5oz Lemon Juice
Lavender and Rosemary garnish
Bartenders/Assistants: Rachel Kaufman and Erin Mason

Watershed Distillery “Far From The Tree

1.25oz Suntory Toki Whiskey
1oz Watershed Distillery Apple Brandy
.25oz Giffard Passion Fruit
3 dash Bittermen’s Tiki Bitters”
Josh Gandee, Matina Bliss, Anthony Tenney, Tommy Householder

All photos by Rebecca Tien

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Burritos To-Go: Six spots with carry-out or delivery for National Burrito Day

614now Staff



It's always great to support local, but when you can do so and enjoy a burrito? That's a win-win.

While COVID-19 has made going to restaurants almost non-existent, carry-out and delivery still remains an option for many places. And to celebrate National Burrito Day, we wanted to send you in the direction of six spots that are offering the beloved-burrito through carry-out and/or delivery.

Señor Antonios Mexican Restaurant | Carry-out | 8617 Columbus Pike

Everything a traditional burrito should be; grilled chicken, fajitas, and smothered in cheese sauce.

Dos Hermanos | Carry-out and delivery | 59 Spruce St.

Though their hours are restricted now—11 a.m. to 5 p.m.—you can still snag one of these at the North Market, or through apps like UberEats, PostMates, and GrubHub.

Brekkie Shack | Carry-out and delivery| 1060 Yard St.

It's never too late in the day for a breakfast burrito!

Chile Verde | Carry-out and delivery | Varies

Its best recommended to attack a Chile Verde burrito with a knife, fork, and loads of extra napkins.

Northstar Cafe | Carry-out and delivery | Varies

Northstar keeps the vegetarians in mind with this burrito featuring tofu, brown rice, and greens.

Cuco's Taqueria | Curb-side pick-up and delivery | 2162 W Henderson Rd.

Cuco's makes sure you have enough burrito to last you at least two meals. Plus, what's National Burrito Day without some chips and salsa?

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Big Cat Energy: Watch Brio Asst. GM channel Joe Exotic in new video

Mitch Hooper



At this point, the Tiger King references are all but inescapable. And it's for good reason; the show somehow gets more and more detached from reality as it goes on.

That being said, no one expected this video when Brio took to Facebook to announce its still doing carry-out orders at its Easton location.

"Hey! Do y’all have the hunger of a large jungle cat?" the post said. "Y’all tired of being caged up all day? Can’t find meat in the grocery store? Well, git yerself down to the Brio! Hurry, and try not to git bit!"

But this isn't the first time they've used a unique approach to announcements.

Visit this link to place a pick-up order.

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Katalina’s owner leading charge for independent restaurant owners




Known for her famous Pancake Balls (ridiculously delish, BTW), Katalina Day, the namesake behind Katalina's, is urging Gov. DeWine to consider emergency financial lifelines for her industry.

Restaurants were among the first and most devastated industries impacted by the coronavirus. Many notable local brands, such as Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, have closed most operations. According to Day, the industry needs immediate government intervention to survive.

Day started a petition which articulates the unique and specific challenges faced by the industry and the people who rely on it for their livelihood.

Addressing Gov. Dewine for relief, the petition is closing in on 1,000 signatures

"We have followed orders to close our doors to protect our communities, knowing what it would mean for our businesses, and we are grateful as citizens that you were one of the first to foresee that necessity. We did so without protest, and those of us who remain open are providing a valuable service through delivery, despite it being increasingly less profitable (as delivery services infringe on any profit)." said Day in the petition.

The petition closes with: "Bottom line: From our employees to our vendors and landlords to the burden on the healthcare industry and government, there is not a part of society that will not be touched by this crisis. "

Given these unprecedented challenges, please immediately consider:

  • Emergency grants for immediate business needs such as payroll and crucial operating expenses including food orders and utilities. 
  • Commercial and residential rent abatement and a moratorium on evictions both for owners and employees. 
  • Immediate cash relief for current and laid-off employees.
  • Abatement of payroll and sales tax.
  • Temporary commercial and government loan payment relief.
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