Last night at Green Russell, six local bartenders -- Joe Hines (Williams & Graham); Kevin Burke (Colt & Gray); Gerard Collier (Corner House); Ragen Horacek (Ace); Randy Layman (Steuben's); and host Adam Hodak, the star bartender of Bonanno Concepts -- battled for supremacy in the Colorado Wine Cocktail Celebration competition, just one of the many grape-centric events taking place this week as part of Colorado Wine Week.
Each bartender was tasked with creating a cocktail using Colorado wines, and for the second year running, Hines strutted away with the title. The "Port of Life," his winning cocktail, the recipe of which is on the next page, was elegant, sophisticated and the kind of cocktail that you'd want to sip all season long.
Flip the page to see the highlights from last night's competition.
See also: - Slide show: Colorado Wine Cocktail Celebration and Competition - Civic Center Eats, Colorado Wine Week and more on this week's calendar - Three Colorado winemakers worthy of Drink Local Wine week love
Winning Cocktail Recipe The Port of Life, from Joe Hines, Williams & Graham
Ice: Block Glass: Double old fashioned Garnish: Lemon zest
Ingredients: 1.5 ounces Creekside Cellars LBV Port 1 ounce Linie Aquavit 0.5 ounce Domaine de Canton 1 dashe Peychaud's BItters
Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice and stir until chilled, then strain over block ice. Garnish with lemon zest.
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For more photos, visit our full Colorado Wine Cocktail Competition slide show.