BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Mixologist Patrick Reynolds of Wildcat Lounge, Santa Barbara, Calif., was the winner of the first of a series of international contests to determine who have the recipes for the world’s most creative and delicious lemon cocktails.
More contests are scheduled for next year, said John Chamberlain, Limoneira’s marketing director.
Competitions are planned for New York, Chicago, Hong Kong and other cities in 2015.
Limoneira plans to publish a book during the first quarter of 2015 with drink recipes from around the world, Chamberlain said.
Reynolds won a cash prize and eventually will compete with the other winners for a chance to win a grand prize.
Competitors had 15 minutes to put together an original concoction for each member of the judging panel while invited guests enjoyed their own cocktails.
Competitors had no limits on ingredients. A panel of judges selected the winner for technique, taste, creativity, presentation and use of lemons.
Guests were able to watch competitors in action and sampled the results.
Other entrants were Vincent Anter from FIG restaurant, Santa Monica; Chris Hewes, Argyle Hollywood; Brian Leon, Nobu, Malibu; Ferrari Watts, Rivera 31, Sofitel/Los Angeles, Beverly Hills; Michael Nemcik, Red Clay; Melodee Murphy, James Republic, Long Beach; and Nic Hirsch, Loft Bar, Montage hotel, Laguna Beach.
Judges were Lanee Lee, writer; Hadley Tomicki, Urban Daddy, Los Angeles; Beth Fisher, Busy Beth Fisher blog; Elana Lepkowski, Stir and Strain website; Lesley Jacobs Solmonson, author of “12 Bottle Bar.”
Cosponsors of the event were Greenbar Craft Distillery, Four Brix Winery, the Ventura Limoncello Co. and Diablo brand drinks.
Limoneira Co. produces lemons, avocados, oranges, specialty citrus and other crops.