Slingin’ drinks at Vail’s Sonnenalp |

Slingin’ drinks at Vail’s Sonnenalp

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Daily file photoChris Carpenter, left and Kelly Liken prepare a drink called Wascally Wabbit during last year's Taste of Vail bar chef mix-off. Liken is slated to compete again this year, according to organizers.

VAIL, Colorado “-Vail Valley’s best bar chefs will compete Friday afternoon at the 8th annual Bar Chefs’ Mix Off in Vail ,Colorado.

The Bar Chefs’ Mix Off shines the spotlight on bartenders as artists producing cocktails as a form of cuisine that’s as much an art form as food served by top chefs. Taking bartending to the next level, bar chefs use the freshest and highest-quality ingredients and strive to create concoctions that are as delicious as they are visually compelling.

Participating bartenders are supplied with super premium spirits including 10 Cane Rum, Grand Marnier and Navan, as well as standard back-bar setups. Specialty ingredients and pre-preparations like exotic juices, fruit purees, infusions and garnishes are highly encouraged and supplied by the bartenders themselves.

Last year, vin48’s Chris David wowed the crowd with his VINtini, served in a martini glass with an orchid garnishing the glass.

This years winner? It’s anyone’s guess. Here are a list of participating bartenders, the restaurants they sling drinks at and the name of the drink they’ll be preparing at today’s competition:

Jim Lay, Vail Plaza ” Ten Grand Maitini

Joel Rheaume, Terra Bistro ” Cane and Basil

Jason Wilson, Vin48 ” Pinker Ten

Kelly Liken, Restaurant Kelly Liken ” Green Goblin

Andy Benedict, Sapphire ” Ginger Beer

Cassandra Hayes, Zacca Za ” The Mean Green Cane Five Machine

KJ Williams, Sweet Basil ” Go Figure

Scott Moises, Spago ” The Lion’s Pride

Steve Bruce, Lodge at Vail ” Tropical Mountain Mojito

Luke Anderson, Matthew’s ” Matthew’s Perfecto Mojito

Paul DiMario, La Tour ” The Winter Storm

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What: Taste of Vail Bar Chefs’ Mix Off

Where: Sonnenalp, Vail

When: 4 to 5:30 p.m., Friday

Cost: $30. Included in festival pass.

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