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Recap: Your 2016 Bartenders Challenge Round Winners

With a grand turn out to both Hotel Indigo and Ruth’s Chris Steak House, the cocktail competition was in full swing this year with new, innovative and delicious recipes. All of your favorite spirits just got even better!

Participants were evaluated on their cocktail recipe, knowledge of the brand, bartending skills, and personality and presentation. With a panel of highly esteemed cocktail professionals judging these rounds, you can bet we’ve found the best of the best in Savannah.


Category Winners:

Corralejo Tequila: Paul Rabe, Calhoun’s, “Street Disco”

Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream: Loni Lewis, The Local on 17, “Tater Milk”

SakeOne: Andrew Ripley, 22 Square at Andaz, “The Recombobulator”

Absolut Vodka: Paul Rabe, Calhoun’s, “Post-Grad Sipper”

Four Roses Bourbon: Matthew Garappolo, The Original “Blasphemy”

Old Fourth Distillery Gin: Jason Graham, Five Oaks Taproom at Hotel Indigo, “Fasbender”

Brugal Rum: Paul Rabe, Calhoun’s, “Chico Escuela”

Famous Grouse Whisky: Andrew Ripley, 22 Square Bar at Andaz, “Blow Up Yr. Cherry Bomb”


Congratulations to our 2016 Bartenders Challenge Semi-Final Round Winners!


During the entire month of October, these cocktail champions will be serving their winning drink at their own establishments. Try one, try them all, and eat delicious foods from their menus too!


Four incredible rounds of the Bartenders Challenge have come and gone – but don’t worry, the competition is still mixing up.


These eight creative cocktails will be seen again at the Secret Savannah Speakeasy, and you have the opportunity to vote for your favorite for the People’s Choice award. Taste these round-winning cocktails and dance with us like you’re back in the 1920s at the Georgia State Railroad Museum.


Come enjoy the good conversation and ever better cocktails!

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