November 8, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Santa Fe Harvest Festival Cocktail Competition: The Finalists

"Not so long ago, in a resort and casino not so far far away, 21 of Santa Fe’s top (Jedi?) bartenders went head to head..."

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Not so long ago, in a resort and casino not so far far away, 21 of Santa Fe’s top (Jedi?) bartenders went head to head in a cocktail competition as a part of the Santa Fe Harvest Festival.  Each bartender was required to create an original drink using Tequila Avion, and was provided a “pantry’ of various liqueurs, bitters, and a host of fresh fruit.  Each one was judged by a panel of cocktail experts (including little ole me) on originality, use of ingredients, creativity, garnish and technical performance.
 
The first-round competition was held at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino’s Club Warehouse last Sunday, and the evening had many highlights as the bartenders showed off their talents.  The top eight bartenders will compete again this Sunday, November 13 starting around 2 p.m. at The Eldorado Hotel for a cash prize of $1000!
 
Here are the Finalists:
Alex Velez, Amavi
Sergio Perez, Luminaria at Inn of the Loretto
Veronica Rae Raffensperger, Eldorado Hotel
Forrest Wynn, Milagro 139
James Reis, Inn of the Anasazi
Melanie Liparulo, Sleeping Dog Tavern
Adrienne Miller, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Todd Walker, Secreto Lounge at Hotel St. Francis
Tony Fiorina, Milagro 139
Dana Luttrell, Tiny’s
Come out and support you favorite Santa Fe Bartenders!  Tickets are available from the Santa Fe Harvest Festival website.
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