Slingin’ drinks at Vail’s Sonnenalp
Vail, CO Colorado
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
For more information, visit http://www.tasteofvail.com.
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.
More information: Visit tasteofvail.com