Calling all bar chefs! Finlandia is looking for Denver’s best bartenders to compete in the eleventh annual Finlandia Vodka Cup regionals at Martinia Ranch on October 20. This is a fabulous opportunity to show your creativity, as the contest emphasizes crafting delicious, original cocktails, not just bartending skills. I judged the contest last year, and I can tell you that while the competition is tough, the event is a fun time for everyone involved. In fact, it was so much fun for me that I begged to judge again this year,
The winner of this contest will move on to compete in the U.S. Finlandia Shake Off in Colorado Springs on November 10; the winner of that conttest will travel to Finland’s Arctic Circle and represent the U.S. in the eleventh annual Finlandia Vodka Cup Finals this February.
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To enter the competition, go to www.finlandia.com/cup by Wednesday, October 15, and submit original aperitif, long and after-dinner drink recipes based on Finlandia Vodka or one of its flavors. (Hint: I’m a huge fan of Finlandia’s Grapefruit Fusion). Get your entries in today, because I'm hoping to see a lot of old and new faces -- and test some great cocktails. -- Nancy Levine