J.R. Starkus, winner of the 2012 Angostura® Bitters Cocktail Challenge U.S. Finals, presents his two cocktails, Long Road Home and The Third Voyage.

Learn more about J.R., watch his winning performance below and try one of his delicious cocktail recipes.

Long Road Home

1.5 oz Leopold Apple Whiskey
.5 oz St. Germain
.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
5 Dashes Angostura® aromatic bitters
.5 oz Small Hands Pineapple Gum Syrup
1.5 oz Fever Tree Ginger Beer

*Combine all ingredients except Ginger Beer in a mixing glass. Add Ginger Beer and use a bar spoon to incorporate. Garnish with a piece of

The Third Voyage

5 Bing Cherries
1oz Angostura® 1919 Rum
5 dashes Angostura® aromatic bitters
.5oz Fernet Branca
.75oz Trader Vic’s Orgeat Syrup
.5oz fresh Lemon Juice
* Muddle cherries (no pits) in a pint glass. Add the remainder of the ingredients. Hard shake to incorporate Bing cherries. Double strain into ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with fresh orchid spritzed with orange flower water (for scent) and a mint sprig.