The Indoggo Competition comes to a close as the final winners were chosen by a team of judges including Snoop Dogg himself.
Judges met at Snoop Dogg’s compound to review the videos sent in by each competition and try the drinks in person. Chilled 100 National Director, Wendy Hodges, mixed up each cocktail for the group to try. “Me and the Ladies have deliberated and taste tested,” shared Snoop. “We feel that all three of them are exceptional drinks, great cocktails. It’s all about the way it tastes, the way it feels, and the way it makes you feel.” The star noted that choosing between the three was a challenge and he looks forward to enjoying them all again in the future.
We caught up with Hodges after the event “The Indoggo Gin finals were a blast! I got to mix the 3 finalists’ cocktails for Snoop and his friends on Friday evening live on Instagram. Despite technical difficulties with the ice sticking together, the event went off without a hitch. The competitors each made videos introducing themselves and talking about their cocktails creations that we played while I mixed the cocktails.
Snoop even surprised us by throwing in a last minute $500 prize for the best video for Shaun Gordon who really went above and beyond. I did not envy Snoop and the ladies judging because all 3 cocktails were very good. In the end they were feeling The Pimp’s Cup from Taylor Lax. They even tried to rename it ‘Blue Koolaid’ lol.”
Mix up one of the winning cocktails and see which one you like best!
#1 The Pimp’s Cup
Recipe by Taylor Lax
- 1 oz. Indoggo Gin
- 3/4 oz. Martini Fiero Coconut Oil Washed
- 1/2 oz. Blue Curacao
- 1/4 oz. Lemon Grass Simple
- 1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
- Top with 3 oz. Q Mixer Ginger Ale
Inspiration: After trying Indoggo, my first thought was to incorporate it with a classic Pimms cup. It’s an old-school cocktail that has always been a favorite of mine during the warmer months. With strawberry gin as the base, I found myself landing on notes of refreshing lemongrass and coconut. This paired well with the sweet, crisp flavors of orange and ginger that also played a part in this cocktail variation.
Inspired by Snoop’s branding, the Pimp’s Cup is represented with a cannabis leaf garnish and a bold color that’s sure to make you say after the first sip, “Fo shizzle my nizzle.”
#2 Cali Sour
Recipe by Shaun Gordon
- 1 3/4 oz. Indoggo Gin
- 1/4 oz. Pineapple Liqueur
- 3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon
- 3/4 oz. Honey/Ginger Syrup
- Egg White
- 1/2 oz. 19 Crimes “Cali Red” Wine Float
Inspiration: My cocktail follows in the steps of Tha Doggfather himself, who is a master of re-invention. My goal was to take the essence of three easy sippin’ classic cocktails (Penicillin, New York Sour, Gin & Juice) and reinvent them into an all-new, delicious modern classic that will be around for decades to come. The “Cali Sour” is just as laid back as the state of California and will have you wanting more, your friends wanting one too, and in the words of Snoop Dogg – “It ain’t no fun if your homies can’t have none”
#3 Young, Wild & Free
Recipe by Jesse Hubbard
- 2 oz. Indoggo Gin
- 1/2 oz. Falernum
- 1/2 oz. Lillet Blanc
- 3/4 oz. Pineapple-Strawberry syrup
- 1/2 oz. Lime
- 2 dashes Tiki bitters
Inspiration: Snoop has been, and continues to be, a huge inspiration to me artistically for as far back as I can remember. When creating this cocktail, I looked at one of my favorite songs of his in Young, Wild & Free. That song makes me simply feel happy, and like big things are ahead for me as I listen to the positivity that shines out of it. I wanted to make this cocktail look and taste like that song makes me feel. It’s bright, sweet, and well balanced and the perfect companion to Snoop’s incredible catalog of legendary music.