And the 2016 Throwdown Champ is…

Photo by Justin Allen

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in and supported our 2nd annual Farm to Glass Throwdown. What a night we had!

Berkshire Mountain Distillers’ spirits were combined with carrots, apples, chili peppers, tomatoes and nasturtium flowers from our farmers market to make the most delicious farm-to-glass cocktails.

Kayla judges

Photo by Berkshire Farm & Table

After much tasting, the judges voted “Farmhouse Apple Fizz” by Kayla Zigmand of John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant, “Roots and Fruits” by Jesse Hunter of The Dream Away Lodge and “The 21st Night of September” by Jesse Lee Egan Poirer of Public Eat + Drink their favorites and moved the three competitors on to Round Two.

The People’s Choice Winner was Jesse Hunter with his “Roots and Fruits,” a cocktail made with Ragged Mountain Rum, apple juice, carrot juice, orange ginger simple syrup, lime and his own bee balm bitters!

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Photo by Rachel Boroniec

After much anticipation, Joe Scully, last year’s Throwdown Champ, revealed the mystery ingredient – a simple syrup he concocted with shiso, tarragon and mint from the Prairie Whale garden! The competitors had just two minutes to create a cocktail to wow the judges.

Jesse Lee Egan Poirer did just that, earning him the title of 2016 Farm to Glass Throwdown Champ!

Curious to try his cocktail? Check out his recipe below:

The 25th Night of September
created by Jesse Lee Egan Poirer

1.5 oz BMD Gin #13
.75 oz Shiso, Mint + Tarragon Syrup
.75 oz Grapefruit Juice
.75 oz Cocchi Americano Rosa
.25 oz Lemon Juice
2 dash Orange Bitters
2 dash Rhubarb Bitters
1 Dash Grapefruit Bitters
Shake with plenty of ice
Serve up in a Martini Glass

photo booth

So many fun photos from Berkshire Photo Booth… go on and find yours HERE!

Thank you to our generous Throwdown sponsors:

Berkshire Mountain Distillers  |  Classical Tents and Party Goods  |  Hotel on North  |  Berkshire Photo Booth  |  Encore Audio Event Services  |  Hosta Hill  |  Fire Cider  |  Blue Q

and participating farms:

Cricket Creek Farm  |  Four Corners Farm  |  Hilltop Orchards  |  Square Roots Farm  |  Taft Farms  |  Trusted Roots Farm  |  Uprising Farm  |  White Goose Gardens