The Beverage Advisory Council hosted the first-ever LIVE mixology contest for Members and their guests to enjoy on Wednesday, February 12 during the Mardi Gras Mixer.

Justin Collins (Vitis Society Chair), Robert Thompson (Vino Society Chair) and Sean Toomey (Board of Governors Chair) were the first competitors to go head-to-head to create the ultimate cocktail... but there was a catch! Each cocktail had to incorporate a SECRET ingredient.

Here are the secret ingredients that were revealed...

  1. Eau de vie douglas fir
  2. JalapeƱos
  3. Creme Brulee liqueur

A winner was selected after each round by a panel of judges including, Doug McCutcheon (Beverage Advisory Chair), Todd Mosher (Board of Governors), and Milagros Gomez (Food & Beverage Director). A winner was also voted by Members for the "People's Choice." 

The rounds were all very close with each competitor winning at least once for either the Judge's Choice or People's Choice but in the end, one cocktail reigned supreme.

The judges had a tough decision ahead of them as only ONE cocktail could be chosen as the ultimate winner, earning their cocktail a coveted feature spot on the Capital Club's cocktail list. The one and only cocktail that won both the Judge's and People's Choice and ultimately the entire competition was... Sean Toomey's "Basil Jalapeacho."

Don't miss your chance to try Sean's "Basil Jalapeacho" the next time you're at the Club, you already know it's a WINNER!

Ingredients: 3 oz Ciroc Peach Vodka, 7 Fresh Basil Leaves, 1/2 Lime, 4 Slices of Jalapeno, 1 oz Agave Syrup (or Simple Syrup), Ice

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