We were recently invited to Vancouver’s Reflections Lounge at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia for the DISARONNO ‘The Mixing Star.’ competition. It was a rare lunchtime event last week, featuring some of the best bartenders from around the city.
DISARONNO is a brand of fruity amaretto, with a characteristic bittersweet almond taste. Disaronno claims its “originale” amaretto’s “secret formula” is unchanged since 1525.
With a judging panel on hand, these mixologists were all on hand to dazzle the judges with their brilliant cocktail creations.
Reflections Lounge featured a few cocktails (left to right): DISARONNO Sour (with sugar and lemon); DISARONNO Orange (with OJ); DISARONNO Sparkling (with prosecco); DISARONNO Operetta (with gin, campari, OJ, prosecco).
Mike Greally (from George Lounge), took home the title with his creation, ‘4 Hours ‘Til Opening Time,’ made from DISARONNO, peated whiskey, sweet vermouth, homemade apricot brandy, Absinth and bitters. The ‘drunkly, English-fashioned’ cocktail delighted judges and elevated Greally into the winners’ circle. As reward for his libation creation, Greally will fly to Amsterdam, Netherlands to compete in the global ‘The Mixing Star’ competition for a chance to win a trip to the Venice Film Festival, August 28 to September 7, 2013.
As an added bonus, we also enjoyed a delicious complimentary lunch on the rooftop patio of Reflections Lounge. If you haven’t been there yet, I would definitely encourage you to check it out. It’s one of the nicer outdoor patios in the city, up there with Joe Fortes and Black & Blue (click here for the patio opening event post). Reflections Lounge was also named Best Bar/Lounge in Vancouver Urban Weekly‘s 2012 “Best of the City Dining Readers’ Choice Awards“.
Above: Albacore Tuna Loin with capers, sun-dried tomato and black olives.
Left: Free Range Rib Eye Steak with arugula pesto; Right: Organic Game Hen with pickled lemon and garlic vinaigrette
Left: Heirloom Tomato and Buffalo Mozzarella Salad; Right: Smoked Almond Panacotta with Amarena cherries
In all, it was a very enjoyable afternoon and quite honestly it was a nice break away from the office.