Cocktail Showdown

​Judd Eskildsen’s winning recipes

by Chris Larson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 21st, 2018

Judd Eskildsen - photograph by Kensie WallnerRound one: tequila
Strawberry Cilantro Sour
I chose Casa Noble Anejo Tequila for this drink because its deep vanilla and oak characteristics reminded me of a smooth whiskey. With whiskey on my mind, I decided to play on the traditional whiskey sour with egg whites. 

I started adding 2 egg whites to an iSi Whipper with 1 oz. of fresh-squeezed lime juice and charged it with NO2. Then I muddled fresh cilantro with fresh strawberries, a bit of sweetened raspberry puree, and topped it with 2…

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It’s Tiki Time!

by Chris Larson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 14th, 2018

Designed by Raul GomezThis year’s Cocktail Showdown yielded a mixture of familiar and fresh faces to compete in the Fifth Annual Bartenders Battle when it returns to the Holiday Inn on Sunday February 18th. With a bright and colorful Tiki theme, we encourage you to bust out the island attire and join us, as eight of the best bartenders in town compete for an array of prizes that is bigger and better than ever before.

We highly suggest you consider a VIP table of 8, which allows you early entry into the…

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​HPR Cocktail Showdown: the results are in

by Chris Larson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 26th, 2018

Once again it is time to announce the winners of the HPR Cocktail Showdown. After several weeks of sampling a wide array of traditional and modern cocktails, shots, and after-dinner drinks, the results are in and we are excited to present you the winners.

Participants were judged on creativity, flavor, and presentation; and this year we added a new category. Like years before, each establishment was allowed to enter a cocktail, but for the first time ever, we allowed participants to…

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​Cocktail Showdown: final week

by Chris Larson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 20th, 2017

Rhombus Guys

While they may be known locally and throughout the region for their restaurants, which feature over thirty different pizzas, and their recent addition of a brewery in Grand Forks, Rhombus Guys also proudly pour from a wide array of spirits for sipping or mixing. They also feature twenty different wines by the glass or bottle and a cocktail menu that features craft spirits in staff-created cocktails, including the Jaffa-tini and their Cucumber Pomegranate Lemonade, which were…

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​Cocktail Showdown Week Five

by Chris Larson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 12th, 2017

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Newly remodeled since July of this year, the Spirits Lounge inside the Holiday Inn in Fargo takes the lounge concept to a level of comfort that isn’t often seen in town.

On one side of the room, underneath two large flatscreens, you and a dozen of your friends can enjoy classy yet comfortable seating on enormous couches and large lounge chairs, while you enjoy a solid selection of a dozen different wines.

If, like our judges, you are in search of something a little…

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​Cocktail Showdown: Week Four

by Chris Larson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 24th, 2017

On this, the fourth week of the 2017 HPR Cocktail Showdown, we return to visit a previous contender and welcome a new one. Heading back Downtown for this week’s judging, we first sat down at the newly renamed Zest Lounge inside the Radisson Hotel Fargo, where Vince Kramer was excited to toss his hat in the ring for a first-time appearance in the Cocktail Showdown. We then paid a visit to the Boiler Room and returning contender Josh Goedtke, who made a very strong showing in both the…

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​Cocktail Showdown: Week 3

by Chris Larson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 16th, 2017

Rocky Loves Emily

For the third week in a row, our panel of judges were out on the town with a thirst for cocktails and a focus on presentation, flavor, and creativity. This week’s adventures took us to a couple of hotspots in south Fargo, as the four judges sat down first at Barbacoa, and then later paid a visit to Lucky’s 13 Pub.

Barbacoa

Located on the corner of 32nd Avenue and 42nd street south, Barbacoa is one of the dining and drink options that is managed by the fine folks who also bring us…

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​Cocktail Showdown: Week 2

by Chris Larson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 8th, 2017

The second week of our Cocktail Showdown is another great illustration of the wide range of establishments that are participating. It’s also a good illustration of the wide range of experiences our vibrant downtown nightlife has to offer. This week’s cocktails are offered up by one of the more recent additions to Downtown, Proof Artisan Distillers tasting room, and The Empire Tavern, a downtown staple since 1936.

Proof Artisan Distillers opened in 2015 and is located on 4th Avenue…

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​2017 Cocktail Showdown: Round One

by Chris Larson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 2nd, 2017

Our annual search for the best that the local cocktail scene has to offer is once again underway, and it is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever. This year brings a lineup of contestants that is split between seasoned veterans and relative newcomers, and a list of venues that features some of our tried and true favorites plus several establishments that are brand new to the showdown.

Our first order of business this year was a visit to what some would call a downtown institution.…

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​The Results Are In!: HPR Announces Winners in Annual Cocktail Showdown

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 20th, 2017

The moment of truth has arrived. After seven weeks of sampling and judging some of the finest libations in the area the results for this year’s Cocktail Showdown have arrived. Christopher Larson, Raul Gomez and Sabrina Hornung were presented the opportunity to try some of the finest cocktails in town crafted by some of the finest mixologists in the area. Participants were judged on a one to five scale on creativity, presentation, and flavor.

Best Overall: Elijah Larson of Proof Artisan…

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