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Thomas Tew Rum Craft Cocktail Contest
In 2006 Newport Distilling Co. became the first licensed distillery in Rhode Island in 135 years, resurrecting the rum of the 18th century, now called Thomas Tew, after the Rhode Island Pirate and resident of Newport. Thomas Tew Rum is inspired by the craftsmanship of a passed time. Like the rums made when Newport, RI was the rum capital of the world two centuries ago, it is created slowly in a small pot still to replicate the rum which would have been produced by those distillers. The still, along with the black-strap molasses, temperate climate, and local water combine to create a spirit that hasn’t been available for over a century. One sip of this flavorful, aged rum and you’ll wonder how this tradition could have ever disappeared.
The Revolving Door Restaurant, known for its rotation of world renowned and aspiring chefs, also has a deep rooted interest in the revival of Newport’s potent history. This unique restaurant and cocktail bar embraces Newport’s rum-runner past and aspires to turn The Revolving Door the go-to location for rum lovers both near and far. Located in the heart of downtown Newport, The Revolving Door has a very intimate atmosphere that will give you the opportunity to educate and interact with judges and guests alike. Let the spirit of Thomas Tew shine through and inspire your hand-crafted cocktail that highlights the unique and historical distilling elements found in Newport and Thomas Tew Authentic Pot Still Rum.
Join us on Monday, February 19th for our 4th Annual Thomas Tew Craft Cocktail Contest at The Revolving Door Restaurant. Event runs from 9:30 PM to close. Competitors MUST arrive at The Revolving Door by 9:00 PM to make any pre-mixes for attendees. Promptly at 9:30 PM there will be an informational meeting for competitors. Those who do not arrive by 9:30 Pm will be disqualified.
Please submit your recipes for the competition by Friday, February 9th to. Six (6) final competitors will be notified of their acceptance via email Monday, February 12th, 2018.
Bartenders must create an original and Thomas Tew spirit forward cocktail with the base ingredient being Thomas Tew Single Barrel Rum. Cocktails must include at least 1.5 ounce of Thomas Tew Single Barrel Rum.
Cocktails will be judged on creativity, correct use of product, presentation, and taste. Judges are TBA.
(Special Note)- Please reach out to Newport Distilling Rep Ryan O’Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org 401-649-1424) for taste samples.
One entry per person below
- Minimum of 3 oz liquid volume with a minimum of 1.5 oz of Thomas Tew Rum provided by Newport Distilling.
- Drinks must contain no more than 7 ingredients. Edible garnishes only. Remember it is the simple spirit forward drinks that have become popular and will be judged with this in mind.
- Pre-mixes of any kind are only acceptable for the cocktail samples that will be distributed to attendees. Please be prepared to serve forty 2 oz samples for said attendees.
- Competitors MUST arrive at The Revolving Door by 9:00 PM to make any pre-mixes for attendees.
- Recipes should be easily replicated and are preferred with readily available ingredients that are common to bars/restaurants.
- Thomas Tew Rums should be the main spirit of the drink. Remember to take into account Thomas Tew Rum flavor nuances:
Thomas Tew Single Barrel Rum made with blackstrap molasses and aged in American white oak barrels.
Tasting Notes- Sweet Blackstrap molasses, butter and butterscotch notes with smoky, oaky, and vanilla notes from the barrel
- Recipes must be the original creation of the competitor. Recipe thieves will be disqualified
- Recipes must be broken out by size (oz, shot, pt, dash, etc..)
- Drinks must be made in front of judges
- Drinks may be hand stirred or shaken.
- All other ingredients (fruit juices, zests and all garnishes) besides Thomas Tew Single Barrel Rum MUST be provided by the contestants.
- Competitors will be supplied by The Revolving Door Restaurant with bartending utensils (shakers, spoons, strainer, etc.) and the presentation glassware (highball, cocktail glass, etc…). Any special glassware MUST be provided by the contestants.
- Typical cocktailing ice will be provided by The Revolving Door Restaurant. Any specialty ice (crushed or large cubes) MUST be provided by the contestants.
- Each competitor must make 5 identical cocktails for the judges. One cocktail must be created for presentation purposes only; meaning, one cocktail to be displayed in presentation glass throughout the competition to be used as a point of reference and photography when it comes time to judge.