Old Fashioned Cocktail Challenge Winners

The Vancouver Foodster Old Fashioned Cocktail Challenge was a great success featuring unique creations at restaurants around Metro Vancouver.  Each restaurant featured their creation on their menu from October 4-27, 2019 and their customers voted for their favourites daily throughout the challenge for their People’s Choice favourites.

The Winners are:

1st Place:

{107 points}

Origo Club

The Peculiar Fashion

Price: $20

Created by: Winson Ho, Bar Manager

Description: By adding the “sherry”-like flavours of Jura’s Vin Jaune to the deep warmth of 15yo Madeira Cask Irish Whiskey Tyrconnell, we created a drink that really captures the tastes and imagination, as it’s both dry and mellow, warming and fresh, a peculiar fashion.

Offered: Tuesday-Sunday nights, from 5-10pm

Origo Club

110-6888 River Road, Richmond

Phone: (604) 285-8889

Web: https://origoclub.ca/

Instagram @origoclub

2nd Place:

{102 points}

Ban Chok Dee Thai

Sweet Autumn 

Price: $10

Created by: Chef Parinya Loptson

Description:  Thai pumpkin dessert got its turn to show off the Fall colors, bringing some warmth among friends and family with cinnamon infused bourbon, palm sugar, pumpkin along with citrus touch Grand Marnier and fresh orange peel. Garnished with pumpkin chip with coconut flakes and pumpkin seeds coating and cinnamon.

Offered: All the time

Ban Chok Dee Thai

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Instagram @banchokdeethai

3rd Place:

{89 points}

Showcase Restaurant

Buttered Pineapple Old Fashioned

Price: $12

Created by: Mia Glanz – In house Mixologist from Odd society – Local craft spirits house: @miaaglanz @oddsocietyspirits

Description: The Showcase Old Fashioned has roundness of Chivas 12 characteristics, balanced with clean buttered pineapple syrup and served with a single ice cube for a proper dilution.

Offered: 11am – 12am every day

Showcase Restaurant

1122 W Hastings St, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 639-4040

Web: http://www.showcaserestaurant.com/

Twitter: @Showcase_Van

Instagram @showcaserestaurant

 

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Old Fashioned Cocktail Creations were the ones who had the opportunity to cast their vote throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

Davie Dosa Company

Old Fusioned

Price: $12

Created by: Anusha Pippala

Description: Jack Fruit and Kiwi muddled with Home-made spiced bitter gourd fusion bitters served over ice with 2oz of  Jameson Irish Whiskey

Offered: All the time

Davie Dosa Company

1235 Davie Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 669-5899

Web: http://daviedosacompany.com/

Twitter @daviedosa

Instagram @daviedosacompany

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

Origo Club

The Peculiar Fashion

The Peculiar Fashion

Price: $20

Created by: Winson Ho, Bar Manager

Description: By adding the “sherry”-like flavours of Jura’s Vin Jaune to the deep warmth of 15yo Madeira Cask Irish Whiskey Tyrconnell, we created a drink that really captures the tastes and imagination, as it’s both dry and mellow, warming and fresh, a peculiar fashion.

Offered: Tuesday-Sunday nights, from 5-10pm

Origo Club

110-6888 River Road, Richmond

Phone: (604) 285-8889

Web: https://origoclub.ca/

Instagram @origoclub

 

3rd Place People’s Choice:

Ban Chok Dee Thai

Sweet Autumn 

Price: $10

Created by: Chef Parinya Loptson

Description:  Thai pumpkin dessert got its turn to show off the Fall colors, bringing some warmth among friends and family with cinnamon infused bourbon, palm sugar, pumpkin along with citrus touch Grand Marnier and fresh orange peel. Garnished with pumpkin chip with coconut flakes and pumpkin seeds coating and cinnamon.

Offered: All the time

Ban Chok Dee Thai

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Instagram @banchokdeethai

 

Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous process based on taste, originality/uniqueness and presentation/appearance. Each media judge scored each creation with a maximum of 40 points as follows: Overall Taste 20 points, Originality and Uniqueness 10 points, Presentation and Appearance 10 points. The highest number of points a challenge creation could have been awarded is 120 points.

Our Media judges for this challenge were: David Peng, Andrew Chan and Jess Chan.

Thank you to all the chefs, bartenders and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured the Old Fashioned Cocktail Challenge creations on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their Old Fashioned Cocktail creations, see the entries here!

By: Richard Wolak