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Taste By Niche’s Ted Kilgore takes home a win from Tales of the Cocktail

July 28th 12:07pm, 2010

072810_kilgoreA Saucy congrats to local mixologist Ted Kilgore who took home the top prize at the Yellow Tail cocktail competition at the Tales of the Cocktail last week in New Orleans. Taste by Niche’s Kilgore was named one of six finalists for the event after competing against nine other mixologists from across the country at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic in New York City.

For the first part of the competition, in which contestants had to make a cocktail using Yellow Tail wine, Kilgore put a new twist on a drink he’s been serving at Taste. “It had Yellow Tail wine, Savignon Blanc, St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur, green chartreuse, lemon juice and fresh sage all shook up and strained into a wine glass,” he said. “I topped it with a little bit of Yellow Tail sparkling wine and garnished it with a fresh sage leaf and a little grapefruit bitters.”

Contestants then had to conjure up an on-the-spot cocktail using the surprise ingredients of dill, chili powder and Villa Massa Limoncello. “I used dill, cucumber, strawberry, gin and tequila, Limoncello and lime juice for this one,” Kilgore said. “I muddled the dill in there as well and shook it all up and topped it over ice with a cucumber slice that I powdered with the chili powder and put a dill sprig in at the end.”

Kilgore was quite familiar with the four mixologists he competed against, including Rhiannon Enlil from Cure in New Orleans, Sam Treadway from Drink in Boston, Brian Matthys from New York and John Lemayer from Miami. A panel of famous faces judged the competition, including Esquire drink correspondent David Wondrich,  Master Sommelier and Master of Wine Doug Frost and Andy Seymour, a partner of Aka Wine Geek.

Kilgore took more than just bragging rights home from New Orleans. His victory in the Yellow Tail competition also won him a trip for two to the land down under (Yellow Tail being an Australian wine and all), a venture he says he’ll take either early fall or in March. The earlier the better we say; all that hard work sure deserves a bit of good R&R…and, of course, a few drinks.


By Stacy Schultz

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One Response to “Taste By Niche’s Ted Kilgore takes home a win from Tales of the Cocktail”

  1. Paul Says:
    August 1st, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Congrats to Ted. We are huge fans his drinks. We have him do spirit classes for us at our store, The Wine and Cheese Place.

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