Battle of the Bartenders
7295 E Stetson Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
I have shared about how great The Wasted Grain does not just serve the typical bars food. Now, we are going to talk about the fantastic signature cocktails that Tara Thorpe and Richie Moe have created for the summer of 2016!
The first of three fabulous drinks that Tara Thorpe had created is called a “Cucumber Cooler.” This light refreshing drink is made with Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka, Cucumber, Lemonade, and garnished with Cucumber. While this drink is shaken, I think this would make a great refreshing margarita.
The second drink is called The “Barbie Girl”; it is made with Silver Patron Tequila, Grapefruit Juice, Lime Juice, Citronge Patron Tequila, Pearl Dust, and garnished with mint leaves. For me, this was breathtaking to look at with the pearl dust swirling around in the drink. I found that it was not my cup of tea since it has a lot of tequila in it and I am not a huge fan of tequila.
The last drink was my favorite, and it’s the “Flower Child’ which is pretty fitting that I love the hippie era. The Flower Child has Tito’s Vodka, St-Germain Elder Flower Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Passion Fruit Juice, and garnished with Edible Flowers. The passion fruit mixed with the citrus and the vodka, just make me in heaven.
So what about Richie Moe and his cocktails that he made? Well, they are one of a kind and not so girlie just the way I like.
First up is the “Ginger Fizz”, all the rage right now is ginger beer. The Ginger Fizz is made with Canton Ginger Liqueur, Grey Goose Vodka, Yuzu Juice, Bitter Lemon Soda, and some Sugar Cane. The Ginger Fizz was my least favorite out of all the drinks I tasted that night since I do not like ginger in my drinks.
With me living in the south for a few years I love peaches. So the “Southern Peach” is right up my alley. This Southern Peach has Rye, Whiskey, Peach Liqueur, Peach Puree, Lemonade and garnished with Pomegranate Syrup & Lemon Peel. I love how the pomegranate syrup adds the sweetness to the drink without overpowering the peach taste in it.
The last cocktail for the night is my favorite from Richie Moe; that is a “Smoked Maple Manhattan”. With Markers Mark, Carpano Antica, Maple Syrup, Tobacco Bitters, and garnished with Marasca Cherry & Orange Peel. These ingredients only make this drink half unique what put is over the edge, and one of a kind to drink is that the contents are smoked before you get it.
So what drink was the winner of the Battle of the Bartenders? Well, The Smoked Maple Manhattan won the votes tonight. Winner by only two votes. The runner up is my other favorite “Flower Child’ that took second place.