What's shaking? The Finlandia Vodka Cup!

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.

To enter the competition, go to 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