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Calling all Bartenders!

Balcones Whisky and Chilled Magazine are kicking off the Balcones Bartender Challenge! The original Texas whisky is challenging mixologists to create unique and inspiring cocktails using two of its award-winning whisky expressions: Baby Blue, Texas Rye 100 or Pot Still Bourbon. Create the most original whiskey cocktail for a chance to win a grand prize of $5,000! Five runners-up will each receive a $500 prize. You must be a bartender or mixologist working in the state of California, Florida or Texas to enter. Competition lasts from June 1 through August 1, 2019. Deadline for entries is August 1, 2019.

PRIZES INCLUDE:

Top six finalists will win a trip to our distillery in Waco to present their cocktails to our panel of judges.

Grand Prize = $5,000

Runners Up = $500 (5 Awarded)

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Rules & Guidelines

California, Florida and Texas bartenders battle it out to create the most original whiskey cocktail. Stir up the judges with an original concoction using Balcones Baby Blue, Texas Rye 100 and/or Pot Still Bourbon. Judges will select five mixologists to each receive a runner-up prize of $500 and one mixologist to win the grand prize of $5,000! This competition is open to bartenders and mixologists working in California, Florida and Texas only.

Original recipes must include minimum of 1.0 ounce of either Balcones Baby Blue, Balcones Texas Rye 100 Whisky or Balcones Pot Still Bourbon. Recipes must be under 8 total ounces. House made ingredients are allowed.

Recipes will be judged according to the name of the cocktail (10 points), appearance/presentation (15 points), written inspiration (25 points), creativity (20 points), and balance of flavors, aroma, and character (30 points).

All recipes must include a full list of ingredients and preparation/mixing instructions, as well as an image of the cocktail. Mixologists can submit multiple recipes.

All entries due by August 1, 2019.

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REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

Thank you all for your submissions, best of luck to you.

2019 WINNER

Congratulations to Marcelo Barredo, the Winner of the 2019 Balcones Bartender Challenge

View the follow up article on chilledmagazine.com

Upstairs Neighbor

Recipe by Marcelo Barredo

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2019 FINALISTS

Rhubarbwire Blues

Recipe by Ravin Buzzell

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Balconesca

Recipe by Elias Aguila

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Maizey Days

Recipe by Jon Stutte

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Peachy Texas Tiki

Recipe by Brandon Miller

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Bitter Betty

Recipe by Rachel Fisher

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Upstairs Neighbor

Recipe by Marcelo Barredo

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2019 COCKTAIL ENTRIES

Good Morning Houston!

Recipe by Ashley Rhoads

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Cafesito Azul

Recipe by Ivan Arellano Gaspar

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Bold & Beautiful

Recipe by Ruben Michael

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The Long July

Recipe by Julianna Fry

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Whisky Not So Sour

Recipe by Antonio Gonzales

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TexMex

Recipe by Belinda Lara

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The Beetnik on the Balcony

Recipe by Garrett Inscore

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Drink and Be Rosemary

Recipe by Christi Finley

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Texas Pecan Pie

Recipe by Shayla Mckay

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Hueco Summer

Recipe by Richard Price

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Barrel of Bees

Recipe by Huan Do

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Yopun-Ki

Recipe by Matthew Sears

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Smokey and the Bandit

Recipe by Matt Le

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Oh My Gourd!

Recipe by Haleigh Guillory

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Caminos de la Vida (Roads of Life)

Recipe by Jose Gonzalez

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Get Used To It!

Recipe by Ruben Michael

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Mai Tea Smoked

Recipe by Eva Fleming

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Grape-Sil Mule

Recipe by Christina Martin

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Nature’s Candy

Recipe by Frank Lemke

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Jungle Berry

Recipe by Shawn Newman

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Homage’

Recipe by Ruben Michael

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Di Moda Old Fashion

Recipe by Dallas Juanes

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Losing my Rind

Recipe by Jacob Brooks

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Party in the USA

Recipe by Chris Furgal

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The Insomniac

Recipe by Trevor Millet

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Breakfast in Bed

Recipe by Marisa Lacey

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Not From Around Here

Recipe by Dallas Juanes

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Golden Inception

Recipe by Ricky Galicia

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A Goodnight Story

Recipe by Patrick Walker

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A Street Cart Named Desire

Recipe by Jacob Brooks

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Triple B Island Swizzle

Recipe by Kane Bowden

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Fancy Blue Devil

Recipe by Trevor Millet

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The Big Dill

Recipe by Dallas Juanes

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JR Cook

Recipe by JR Cook

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Big

Recipe by Jehudiel Barba

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The Great Compromise

Recipe by Matthew Korzelius

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The Stetson

Recipe by David Perez

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Kissed by Fire

Recipe by Michael Miller

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Voice Full of Money

Recipe by Chelsey Shernaman

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The Living Is Easy

Recipe by Briana Lopez

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Waco Way Back

Recipe by Linaris Santiago-Wright

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Bourbon Berry

Recipe by Sarah Merriweather

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Hotter than Texas

Recipe by Andrea Headley

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A Day in Little Mexico

Recipe by Rashaad Davis

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The Balcones Fault

Recipe by Pablo Sanchez

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The Jungle King

Recipe by Meghan McCaskill

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Rising Sun

Recipe by Whitney Hazelmyer

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Upstairs Neighbor

Recipe by Marcelo Barredo

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Setting Sun

Recipe by Whitney Hazelmyer

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Bitter Grandma

Recipe by Adam Crawford

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Tierras Negras

Recipe by Saul Hernandez

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The Millionaire’s Club

Recipe by Jorge Herrera

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Mesquite River Blues

Recipe by Kevin Rhodes

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The Daq Prescott

Recipe by Clyde Perkins

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Texas Sunset

Recipe by Patrick Walker

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The Georgian Gentleman

Recipe by Sarah Merriweather

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I Pit-Tea the Foo

Recipe by Jose Renteria

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Born and Bred

Recipe by John Cox

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Good Morning, and Good Night

Recipe by Stephen Sheriff

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Smoke & Time (A Song of Fire and Spice)

Recipe by Jarred Craven

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Bitter Lemon

Recipe by Sarah Merriweather

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Get ‘Em Boy!

Recipe by Jennifer Conway

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Infused Mint Julep

Recipe by Sarah Merriweather

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The Velvet Saloon

Recipe by Zak Houara

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Incan Gold

Recipe by Patrick-David Walker

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Long Black Limousine

Recipe by Shawn Walton

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Baby Blue Aviators

Recipe by Shawn Walton

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From The Balcony

Recipe by Joan Villanueva

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Texas Bal

Recipe by Jarred Craven

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Romantic Readiness

Recipe by Chelsey Shernaman

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Leche de la Maiz

Recipe by Christina Dombrowski

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Bitter Betty

Recipe by Rachel Fisher

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Peachy Texas Tiki

Recipe by Brandon Miller

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Smoked Texan

Recipe by Ryan Hooks

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Rye Nut? It’s Texas Babay..

Recipe by Kat Valentina

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La Sangre de la Tierra

Recipe by Ryan Flores

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KISS Blvd.

Recipe by Michael DeMarse

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Balconesca

Recipe by Elias Aguila

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Boomtown or Bust

Recipe by Michael DeMarse

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The King Goes to Waco

Recipe by Elias Aguila

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Honey Mesquite Heat

Recipe by Megan Currington

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Lone Star 75

Recipe by Natalie Mata

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Eastbound to H-Town

Recipe by Sarah Spickard

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Du Monde Old Fashioned

Recipe by Bjorn Taylor

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Baby Sour Apple 75

Recipe by Josue Hernandez

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Balcones on Vacaciones

Recipe by Eva Fleming

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Pastrami on Rye

Recipe by Matt Russell

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A Few of My Favorite Things

Recipe by Chelsea Santos

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Campfire Stories

Recipe by Tristan Elgin

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The Fredricksburg Swing

Recipe by Josh Taylor

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Rye in Texas

Recipe by Hugo Osorio

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Rye Berry Smoke

Recipe by Bryan Reyes

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Kiss of Death

Recipe by Bryan Reyes

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Chicanery

Recipe by Adam George Fournier

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Blue (Da Ba De)

Recipe by Megan Christiansen

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Ruby Sky

Recipe by Antonio Matta

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Waco Street Corn

Recipe by Casey Brajevich

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Chocolate Rye Baby

Recipe by Theodore Vassar

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Rye-p For The Pickin’

Recipe by Chilton Smith

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A-maize-ing Highball

Recipe by Matt Russell

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Gone A Rye

Recipe by Royce Marousek

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The Scurvy Slayer

Recipe by Max Richter

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The Romantic Cowboy

Recipe by Julien Whaley

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Beach Street Bourbon Cocktail

Recipe by Jordan Clarida

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Whiskey Solstice

Recipe by Spencer Hayes

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Siéntate Sangria

Recipe by Casey Brajevich

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Deep in the Heart!

Recipe by Devin McCullough

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A Balanced Breakfast

Recipe by Thomas Ward

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Mango by the Brazos

Recipe by Derek Weiss

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All the Leaves are Brown

Recipe by Derek Weiss

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Orleans Club

Recipe by James Miles

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Texas Tea

Recipe by Kelley Fitzsimonds

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Poteet Valentine

Recipe by Anne Vaughan

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Evensong

Recipe by Peter Hannah

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Much of Love

Recipe by George Kaiho

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The Hard Worker

Recipe by Luis Guerra

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On The Edge

Recipe by Zach Easley

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Texas Lumberjack

Recipe by Clay Coleman

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Tiki Goes West

Recipe by Ricky Cobia

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The Southern Sipper

Recipe by Faith Railey

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Sweet Surrender

Recipe by Lynn Miano

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Texas Toddy

Recipe by Casey Brajevich

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Good Evening

Recipe by Steve Guillen

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Red River Valley

Recipe by Erin Ashford

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Balcones Koan

Recipe by Alex Mikrut

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Lonesome Town

Recipe by Ricky Cobia

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What Came First?

Recipe by Robert Britto

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Himstedt’s Cream

Recipe by Karl Lipscomb

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Rye Rockets in Flight

Recipe by Courtney Cantrell

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Home for the Holidays

Recipe by Sharee Phelps

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Hello Treacle

Recipe by Nikolas Zoylinos

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Mex-Flex

Recipe by Luke “Aaron” Shaw

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Neverender

Recipe by Caroline Lease

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Bonnie and Clyde Sour

Recipe by Dave Heath

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Get Tiki, Baby!

Recipe by Vincent Diorides

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Winter Warmer

Recipe by Trinh Quan Huy-Philip

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The Cat’s Meow

Recipe by Morgan Trask

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Texas Skyline

Recipe by Jeff Hall

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Texas Summer Sunset

Recipe by Nicki Petry

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36 Chambers

Recipe by Samuel Holeman

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Wildflower

Recipe by Steve Guillen

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American Pie

Recipe by Christina Martin

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Side Kick

Recipe by Christina Martin

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Citrus Swing

Recipe by Ryan Wolfe

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Waco Vampire

Recipe by Derek Blose

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Early Bird

Recipe by Viatcheslav Petish

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Banana Stand

Recipe by Kelsey Caudebec

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Dr. Blues

Recipe by Sammy Abdelfattah

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Blue-Berry Corn Cake

Recipe by Martin Barker

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The Derby Brown

Recipe by Shane Neukam

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Recipe by Danny Whatley

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Blue Chai Old Fashioned

Recipe by Tim Calhoon

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Hall Pass

Recipe by Rachel Urbelis

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Wild Ryed

Recipe by Nick Flint

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The Perfect Texas Summer

Recipe by Brian Certain

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Fireside Old Fashioned

Recipe by Kara Slife

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All My “Fault”

Recipe by Leighton Bagley

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Going Full Texan

Recipe by Graham Comstock

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The Wild Bunch

Recipe by Clyde Perkins

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#Wacolada

Recipe by Daniel Guillen

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Le Sang de La Salle

Recipe by Lavoska Barton

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Plum Power

Recipe by Christina Martin

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Pretty in Peaches

Recipe by Christina Martin

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Julie P’s Punch

Recipe by Christina Martin

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Bootlegger’s Sidepiece

Recipe by Dave Simmons

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Cigar and a Waffle

Recipe by Christopher Barragan

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The Raised Bar

Recipe by Rosey Sullivan

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Campfire Nights

Recipe by Jasmine Castaneda

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Limitless Boundaries

Recipe by Daniel Messina

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24k

Recipe by Donnol Hem

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Howdy, Modi

Recipe by Samuel Haas

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Elotes de Tejas

Recipe by Scooby Olivier

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The Perfect Night in Manhattan

Recipe by Daniel Brower

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The Priestess

Recipe by Daniel Brower

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Pot O’honey

Recipe by Christina Martin

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Lone Star Rose

Recipe by Brian Slawson

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All – In

Recipe by Brantley Newton

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Rye & Shine

Recipe by Brenda Terry

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Hiwhisky Sour

Recipe by Diego Filet

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Balcones Rosemary Infused Old Fashioned

Recipe by Joshua Matos

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Gringo Honeymoon

Recipe by Bryan Beckman

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Poison Sumac

Recipe by Joe Walden

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Baby Blue Pineapple Bash

Recipe by Ryan Mckeel

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One

Recipe by Valentino Longo

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Belle of the Brazos

Recipe by Jake Bliven

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Big Bad Brazos

Recipe by Lisa Husberg

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TX Mesquite Old Fashioned

Recipe by Andrew Hack

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Witches’ Brew

Recipe by Zach McGrath

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Melting Pot

Recipe by Chris Day

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Bavarian Beer Belly

Recipe by Wendy Belanger

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Texas Longhorn

Recipe by Trinh Quan Huy-Philip

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Neuvo Fashioned

Recipe by Heather Dawkins

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Mohogany

Recipe by Joseph Samuel

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Black Forest Old Fashioned

Recipe by Christina Martin

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Kum on, Elrod

Recipe by Christina Martin

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Get Figgy with It

Recipe by Christina Martin

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Baby In The Corner

Recipe by Dustin Lewis

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TX by Way of CA

Recipe by Sarah Primavera

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So You Like Apples

Recipe by Sarah Primavera

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Belle of the South

Recipe by Sarah Primavera

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Southern Hospitality

Recipe by Sarah Primavera

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Crisp Pyrus Fizz

Recipe by Disraeli Fernández

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Rainbo Conversation

Recipe by Jacquenette Arnette

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Rye Me a River

Recipe by James Cazin

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TX Grilled Peach Bourbon Sour

Recipe by James Shull

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M[e]llow & Toasted

Recipe by Graham Comstock

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Eclectic Sour

Recipe by Jon Spikes

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Baby Blueberry

Recipe by BC Hoffman

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Quack Addict

Recipe by Haley Coate

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All Jacked Up

Recipe by Haley Coate

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Maizey Days

Recipe by Jon Stutte

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Rhubarbwire Blues

Recipe by Ravin Buzzell

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Ring of Fire

Recipe by Lucien Chalfoun

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Blue Eyed Wonder

Recipe by Jonathan Canonaco

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Banana It’s Nuts Outside

Recipe by Matthew Taylor

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Hard Work of Freedom

Recipe by Adrian Jordan

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The Humanhattan

Recipe by Justin Levaughn

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Beet Smash Smother

Recipe by Shawn Walton

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Texas Tiki Tini

Recipe by Shawn Walton

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Lucky Texan

Recipe by D.J. Miller

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Big Bal’Cojones’

Recipe by Alex Artishenko Jr.

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Whiskey Satay

Recipe by Graham Piper

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Chocolate Grapefruit Ryend

Recipe by Graham Piper

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About Balcones

In 2008, Balcones was nothing more than an idea driven by a passion to create something original and authentic, right here in the Heart of Texas. It all started in an old welding shop under a bridge in Waco. For the next year, we replaced the roofing, knocked out walls, laid brick, cut pipes, installed copper pot stills from Portugal, and shoehorned a whisky distillery inside that quaint building. Proud of what we had accomplished on our own, we began distilling in 2009.

About Baby Blue
The first Texas whisky on the market since Prohibition, Baby Blue is crafted from Roasted Blue Corn. This rich and oily maize adds new sophistication to the corn whisky tradition, while keeping the freshness and verve of classic American Distilling.

Tasting notes: melted butter, caramel, corn, fresh bread, sugar, sweet tea


About Texas Rye 100
The Balcones 100% Rye mashbill begins with Elbon Rye from Northwest Texas and is accompanied by crystal, chocolate, and roasted Rye that gives it a rich, sweet mid-palate.

Tasting notes: soft charred oak, sourdough bread, creamy buttery toffee


About Texas Pot Still Bourbon
Big flavors have always been the cornerstone of our prized Texas Whiskies, and Texas Pot Still Bourbon is no exception. Made grain-to-glass using a traditional pot still distillation ensures a rich and viscous spirit that stands up to aging in new charred oak without losing its essence. Each dram is full of character and body, with an aromatic entry and soft finish, for an approachable yet memorable experience.

Tasting notes:  honey, sweet cream, candied pecans, sandalwood and leather

JUDGES FOR THE COMPETITION

Jared Himstedt

Head Distiller

Alex Elrod

Texas State Manager

Winston Edwards

National Brand Ambassador

Andrew Anderson

Lily Anderson

THANK YOU FOR VISITING, WE WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK!

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