Ghost chiles, Thai chiles, smoked jalapenos, wasabi powder, habanero peppers, cayenne peppers and shishito peppers made a hot day even hotter during yesterday's heatwave that resulted in scorching sunburns for anyone outside, including the throngs that gathered on the rooftop at Linger for the Viva Sangrita, Viva Tequila Ocho battle hosted by the Bon Vivants of San Francisco, a cocktail and spirits company.
Seven bartenders, including five from Colorado -- Tyler Lewis (Scratch Burrito & Happy Tap); McLain Hedges (Fuel Cafe); Jason Patz and Allison Widdercombe (Williams & Graham) and Eryn Henderson (Root Down) -- went bottle-to-bottle, sangrita-to-sangrita for an opportunity to head to New Orleans to showcase their drinks at the Tales of the Cocktail in July; the winner of that final showdown will then head to Jalisco, Mexico to visit La Altena, where Ocho is created. And that victor could be Widdecombe, who won last night's match with her Corazón del fuego cocktail, a killer concoction with mango puree, homemade passion fruit jam, fresh lime juice, red bell pepper juice, fresh ginger and Thai red chiles paired with the Ocho Estate 2009 Rancho Las Pomez Reposado tequila.
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See also: - Who's a dickhead? Sean Kenyon's response to Jenn Wohletz's cocktail grievances - Ten patios for cocktails and conversation this summer - Williams & Graham, Sean Kenyon are finalists for Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards
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