Winner of Your Best Cocktail

November 12, 2014

Our latest contest shook (and stirred) things up. We partnered with our friends at to find the best cocktails out there -- and you delivered.

Today: Congratulations to inpatskitchen, whose Bourbon, Orange, and Ginger won the contest for Your Best Cocktail

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Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
My mom was an amazing cook and organizer. She would plan for Thanksgiving and Christmas months ahead of time; she served 10 to 12 guests for sit-down Christmas dinner at 1 o'clock, and a few hours later she would open the house to 30 to 40 more people for a huge buffet. I watched and learned (and obviously helped), and now I try to be as organized as possible for whenever company comes.

More: Let's talk holiday centerpieces.


What's your least favorite kitchen task?
Any and all things involved with cleaning, especially after a large family dinner.  I am so lucky to have three amazing kids who all chip in with cleanup.

Your favorite kitchen tool? 
My four or five pairs of kitchen shears. I have them stashed all over the kitchen and use them for so many kitchen tasks. And I love my mini food processor! It comes in so handy!


What is your idea of comfort food?
I love roast chicken and chicken noodle soup the next day.

What is your greatest kitchen disaster?
It will always be those brick-like hand pies that even the dog wouldn't eat!

Cocktail photo by Mark Weinberg; photo of inpatskitchen provided by herself; all others by James Ransom

This contest is sponsored by You must be at least 21 years of age or older to enter. No alcohol purchase is required. 

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drbabs November 14, 2014
Congratulations, Pat!
EmilyC November 14, 2014
Congrats Pat!
mrslarkin November 14, 2014
Congratulations, Pat! Can't wait to make this lovely cocktail.
inpatskitchen November 13, 2014
Thanks to all for the lovely comments. I truly appreciate!
GiGi26 November 13, 2014
The MAKER is right on the MARK again!! Congratulations, Pat!!!
sexyLAMBCHOPx November 12, 2014
Big Congrats!
boulangere November 12, 2014
WOO HOO! It's YOU! Great congratulations, Pat!
susan November 12, 2014
All of the elements for a perfect cocktail. Can you share the recipe?
healthierkitchen November 12, 2014
It does sound perfect for the season!
lapadia November 12, 2014
Congratulations IPK, love to try your cocktail and just in time for the Holidays, Cheers!
Kukla November 12, 2014
Many Congratulations Pat!!! You are now not only a great cook, but also a master Mixologist!!!
hardlikearmour November 12, 2014
Congratulations, ipk! You are definitely the master of gingery beverages :-)
Bevi November 12, 2014
Warm wishes for a few great holiday meals! Congrats!