The Tasting Panel magazine

September 2014

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1 10  /  the tasting panel  /  september 2014 TALES OF THE COCKTAIL W hen the cocktail community descends on New Orleans, there's always plenty to celebrate, but at this year's Broker's Gin tasting room at Tales of the Cocktail, the revelry took a distinctively British turn as Brett Esler was crowned the winner of the second annual Broker's Bowler Cup with his cocktail, England's First Love Affair. Months after a social media-driven competition gave 12 semi-finalists a shot at donning the bowler, our four winners—one from each region—headed to the Crescent City in mid-July. There, Esler was joined by Gordon Alatorre, Eric Witz and Adam Staniszeski, whose excellent Broker's Gin cocktails were recreated for Tales-goers. After tasting all four drinks, guests voted by dropping their Broker's token in a bowler hat representing each cocktail. Our Broker's Bowler Cup finalists: Central region winner Adam Staniszeski; West region winner Gordon Alatorre; East region winner Eric Witz; South region/overall winner Brett Esler. by Rachel Burkons and Brian Kustera / photos by Scott Myers Hat THE SECOND ANNUAL BROKER'S BOWLER CUP CROWNS A WINNER AT TALES OF THE COCKTAIL A Tip of the

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