Naomi Levy Wins Fourth Annual National Barenjager Bartender Competition

With Cocktail Deemed the Bees Knees, a Boston-Based Queen is Crowned

NEW YORK, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Barenjager Honey Liqueur, the original honey liqueur, is proud to announce Naomi Levy of Massachusetts as Queen Bee, the second consecutive female champion in the fourth annual national Barenjager Bartender Competition. Levy took home an all-expense paid trip for two to BEARlin Germany and $1,000 for her masterful “Beer Hunter” cocktail.

The esteemed judging panel consisted of Dushan Zaric, a returning judge and founder of award-winning cocktail bars, Employees Only and Macao Trading Co; Jim Meehan, a managing partner of PDT in New York and revered author of The PDT Cocktail Book; Sean Kenyon, who is a third generation Barman and proprietor of Williams & Graham in Denver, Colorado;Tricia Alley, the director of Mixology for Southern California at Southern Wine and Spirits and USBG LA Chapter President, and the celebrity guest judge from That 70’s Show, Wilmer Valderrama.

Beer Hunter by Naomi Levy, Cambridge, MA
1 ½ parts Barenjager Honey Liqueur
1 part Michael Collins Blended Irish Whiskey
½ part Lemon Juice
1 Heaping Barspoon Apricot Mustard*
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
Mount all ingredients except for the beer in a pint glass. Add ice and shake. Pour contents into ½ L stein and top with Weihenstephaner. Serve with a German style pretzel.
*Apricot Mustard: in a food processor or blender, blend equal parts apricot preserves with spicy Dijon mustard. If needed add a splash of cider vinegar if mustard seems too thick.

The audience, consisting of media and industry heavyweights, was also invited to judge and vote on their cocktail of choice. The title of Audience Favorite and $1,000 went to Jessica Dure from Brooklyn, NY.

Good Ice by Jessica Dure, Brooklyn, NY
¾ part Barenjager Honey Liqueur
½ part Perry Tot’s Navy Strength Gin
¼ part Lemon
Barspoon crushed chamomile buds
1 Egg white
2 parts Cidre de Normandie
Combine all ingredients except Cidre de Normandie. Dry Shake. Add ice and shake. Double strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. Add Cider to the large tin containing the remaining ice. Give it a quick swirl and double strain into coupe to top. Garnish with angostura and a thin lemon wheel dropped in.

Made in Germany, Barenjager is a 70 proof honey liqueur made from neutral grain alcohol and pure premium natural honey from Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Each liter bottle contains 300 grams of pure honey and other natural ingredients resulting in a subtly sweet, spicy and herb edged taste profile. Barenjager Honey & Bourbon is a delicious blend of premium honey liqueur and Kentucky bourbon whiskey, made with generous amounts of pure honey and all natural ingredients. For additional information, visit or Barenjager Honey Liqueur 35% Alc./Vol. Imported exclusively by Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc., New Rochelle, NY.

About Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc. Founded in 1972, Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc. of New Rochelle, NY, currently owns or imports: Jagermeister Herbal Liqueur – the number one selling imported Liqueur and shot brand in the United States; Gekkeikan Sake – the world’s finest sake with nearly 400 years and 14 generations of brewing experience,American Harvest Organic Spirit- a proprietary blend of organic vodka and organic ingredients resulting in a distinctly smooth and silky spirit with a crisp, clean taste; Barenjager Honey Liqueur – the German imported original honey liqueur made with generous amounts of premium natural honey; Barenjager Honey & Bourbon – a delicious blend of premium honey liqueur andKentucky bourbon whiskey; VnC Cocktails – the naturally spirited premium, all natural, low calorie ready-to-serve line of cocktails from New Zealand; Jacques Cardin Brandy – the French brandy of uncommon distinction defined by its rich color and superior flavor; Hudson’s Bay Scotch – a smooth blend of 100% Scotch Whiskies distilled and blended in Scotland and St. Vivant Armagnac – the premium French brandy steeped in tradition dating back to 1559.