ABSOLUT Crowns Best Bloody
On Nov. 14, more than 200 cocktail enthusiasts gathered at the Sons of Essex in NYC to witness the final round of the ABSOLUT Vodka and Thrillist.com National Online ABSOLUT Best Bloody in America Recipe Contest. The competition’s nine finalists arrived in the Big Apple to shake and stir live for the top prize: the coveted ABSOLUT Bloody Trophy and a trip to Sweden, home of ABSOLUT Vodka. Finalists were:
Steven Alix – X Bar, Denver
Melissa Rose Fazzolari – Waterzooi Belgian Bistro, New York City
Jessica Jordan – Fishbar, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
James Kuehner – Signature Room, Chicago
Luis Martinez – The Patio on Guerra, McAllen, Texas
Joey Nycz – Amuse, Miami
Amanda Shevchuk – Appetites on Main, Exton, Pa.
Stuart Stewart – Cosmo, Tulsa, Okla.
Erik Weaver – R Place, Seattle
The finalists were chosen out of 50 winners from 50 states. To see a list of the Best ABSOLUT Bloody in every state click here.
“King Cocktail” Dale Degroff was the event host and on the judging panel, along with Allen Katz, director of mixology for Southern Wine & Spirits; Julie Reiner, co-owner and beverage director for Clover Club and Lani Kai; and Ben Robinson, senior editor of Thrillist. All were on hand to interact with the contestants and sample their signature ABSOLUT Bloody recipes.
At the end of the evening’s festivities, the crown for the ABSOLUT Best Bloody in America went to Luis Martinez of The Patio in McAllen, Texas, for his ABSOLUT Akita Maria.
ABSOLUT Akita Maria
2 parts ABSOLUT Vodka
4 parts tomato juice
½ part lime juice
1 part fresh orange juice
1 small minced basil leaf
1 pinch onion powder
1 pinch garlic powder
1 pinch black pepper
½ part teriyaki sauce
½ part soy sauce
Fingertip-size wasabi paste patty
1 dash sriracha spicy red chili sauce
3 pinches shaved ginger root
Mix all ingredients with the exception of ABSOLUT Vodka, tomato juice and lime juice in a shaker tin and lightly muddle them together. In a highball glass rimmed with sea salt, add ABSOLUT Vodka over ice. Add the muddled ingredients and top with tomato juice and lime juice. Garnish with spicy pickled asparagus.