Civility & Unrest recently hosted its first cocktail competition inviting mixologists from some of the area’s best bars to throw down in the Battle of the Bartenders. The event was sponsored by Ketel One Botanical, a new line of botanical-infused vodkas. Each competing bartender had to utilize the Grapefruit & Rose flavor in his or her concoction. During the first round, the drink also needed to include beets in some form — a strange wildcard.
Competitors included Ascend’s Chris Bolin, Daniels Bellevue’s Will Mar, Il Bistro’s Dan Jansky, Loulay’s Chase Cornell, Wild Ginger Bellevue’s Tyler Stansfield, and Canon’s Curtis Hayes. Drinks ranged from refreshing to strange (chorizo in a cocktail?) to a glass of what was essentially ice cream.
Bolin and Hayes impressed the judges (who included former Seahawk Sidney Rice; Diageo’s Raymond Stencel; El Gaucho’s Lonnie Anderson; and me, writer Julie Arnan), and they moved on to the final round, where the beet was dropped. Bolin’s take on an Old Fashioned based with rum knocked Hayes’ out of the ring, making Bolin the first Battle of the Bartenders champion. In addition to a nice prize, Bolin’s cocktail will be added to the Civility & Unrest menu.
Drop the Beets
by Chris Bolin
2 ounces Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose
½ ounce beet simple syrup
½ ounce blood orange juice
1 ounce Lillet
1 ounce lime juice
1 egg white
Grapefruit beet bitters
Candied beet slices for garnish