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Martini Mix-Off: The Winners



After sipping and saucing their way through downtown bars for the last four weeks, the judges have dropped the gavel.

At last Friday's grand finale gala, this year's Martini Mix-Off judges, bartenders and groupies gathered for a final party in the name of the martini. The general idea was to announce the winners in three martini categories, and dole out awards for best food, best spirit or "show," and the people's choice. Behind all that award giving, though, the gathering was driven by a single motive: martini drinking. Here are this year's top awards:

Classic Martini

1. Vesper Deconstructed, Pat Carden, Chandlers

2. The Martinez, Johnny Abens, Bittercreek Alehouse

3. Cocytus, Jen Koble, Pair

Savory Martini

1. Penicillin, Mark Allen, Red Feather

2. Royale, Sarah Proctor, Tablerock

3. Vitamin "V", Sean Early, Bardenay

4. Hef-Tini, Nick Sparks, Chandlers

Sweet Martini

1. Fiery Francesca, Jen Koble, Pair

2. Morro de Saudade, Michael Bowers, The Modern Hotel

3. Lovelocker, Mark Allen, Red Feather

Spirit Award (Best Show, night of judges' tasting)

Winner: Pair

Runners-Up: Piper Pub and Bardenay

Food: Red Feather

Peoples' Choice: Vitamin "V" from Bardenay


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