The Ginger Jade Gimlet, left, and Shane Sahr's winning Lady Godiva, right.
After more than 60 ballots were cast in the organic cocktail contest put on by Tilth Producers of Washington at Tini Bigs, the Queen Anne martini bar's very own Shane Sahr emerged victorious behind his "Lady Godiva" by a margin of just two votes. A mixture of sweet and spicy, the cocktail meshes white chocolate and jalepeño--and definitely got my vote among the four finalists. I don't know that I could drink more than one in a night, and the richness of it ensures you don't gulp it down, but as a desert drink it was a perfect and intriguing combination.
The other finalist cocktails included the "Voyage Across Washington" by Michael Kostin of TASTE (Voyager Gin, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, Townshend Huckleberry Port, Scrappy's Chocolate Bitters, Theo's Dark Chocolate), "The Sakuranbo" from Jim Romdall of Vessel (Voyager Gin, Clear Creek Kirschwasser, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, simple syrup, rhubarb) and a "Ginger Jade Gimlet" created by Beth Wilson-Parentice of ECO-BAR (Legacy Vodka, Canton Ginger Liqueur, SIPP sparkling water, cucumber, basil, lime juice).
The recipe for Sahr's winning cocktail is right after the jump. Pen and pad ready?
The Lady Godiva
1/2 oz Domaine de Canton
1oz Voyager Dry Gin
1/2 oz Soft Tail Spirits Vodka
1 1/2 oz Godiva White Chocolate
2 to 3 slices of Fresh Jalapeno
Add Soft Tail Vodka and fresh jalapeno and give a slight muddle. Next, add the remaining ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake together. Finally, strain into a Martini glass and add garnish of Jalapenos and Chocolate shavings. Garnish with one fresh Jalapeno slice and shaved dark chocolate.