Winners of the Straight Up Vodka Cocktail Competition and Tasting Benefit

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On Thursday March 8, Literacyworks, a Sonoma County-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting literacy of all types, held a first annual fundraiser at the Sheraton Sonoma-Petaluma. The event brought out bartenders (or "mixologist" in 21st century faux-foodie parlance) from Cyrus, John Ash, Jole, Farmstead, Sonoma-Meritage, Rocker Oysterfellers, Graffiti, Tolay, Tres Hombres, and Hilltop 1892 for a little friendly vodka drink competition.

A panel of expert judges (including the Bohemian's own James Knight) crowned Dan Kaiser of Jole restaurant as the First Place winner of the Critic's Choice Award for his Orange Blossom drink.

Recipe:  

1 1/2 oz Charbay Vodka
1 oz Hendrick's Gin
1 oz Adelsheim Deglace Pinot Noir Ice Wine
1/2 oz lemon juice
2 dashes orange bitters.

All are shaken and served up.

The winner of the Popular Choice award was Rich Largespada of Tres Hombres for the Flor de Tres Cocktail.

Ingredients:

Charbay Vodka
Wild Hibiscus Rose Syrup
Agavero Tequila Orange Liquor
Agave Nectar and Sweet and Sour

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