The House of Angostura hosted events in seven markets across the U.S. to celebrate the launch of their Cocoa Bitters.

After each event, Chilled challenged the bartenders to create a cocktail in the #ChilledCocoaContest. The events were hosted by Matthias Merges, Proprietor of Folkart Management which includes Billy Sunday, and Stephen Andrews the manager/head bartender at Chicago’s Billy Sunday, two industry veterans, and all cocktails judged by Chilled 100 Director, Wendy Hodges and North American Angostura Brand Ambassador, Chad Lawrence.

Each group had a finalist who will win a $500 prize before moving to the grand finale, where they have a chance to win an additional $1,000. This event was in the Denver, Colorado market, led by Chilled 100 Ambassador, Dylan Holcomb. While every cocktail was worthy, the winner was Evren Bora of Denver.

Evren Bora, pouring a cocktail

Evren Bora

Evren (@eb_behind_the_bar) entered the contest with his cocktail, Ango Carré. Photo credit to @andi.whiskey. Evren is a career bar geek living in Denver, Colorado. He focuses on making innovative cocktails that have a play on a classic.

This cocktail was inspired by the Vieux Carre with an influence from Angostura. The Amaro gives a bold baseline with the highlight of cocoa bitters with a hint of orange, keeping things fresh and bright.

Ango Carré cocktail

Ango Carré

Ango Carré

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Amaro Angostura
  • 3/4 oz. Sazerac Rye
  • 1/2 oz. Martell VSOP
  • 1/2 oz. Benedictine
  • 4 dashes Angostura Cocoa
  • 2 dashes Angostura Orange

Preparation: Stirred and served over a big rock with a dehydrated lemon wheel.