Providing a taste of paradise to the City of Brotherly Love, the Florida Keys & Key West Cook-Off offered 24 contestants the chance to face-off for a trip to the beautiful Florida Keys. Hosted here at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, this unique event brought together some of Philadelphia’s top food influencers, chefs, and bartenders. Amidst the food and frenzy, four of Philadelphia’s hardest working and most talented bartenders were invited to stir and shake up their best Keys-inspired cocktail. Here’s what they came up with.
Nickolas Brozek – Dim Sum House
This twist on an island favorite features gin, subtle hints of vanilla, and key lime shrub, topped with egg white.
Key Lime Sake Shrub
The Black Pearl
Seamus Banning – Vesper
Eucalyptus, bitter citrus, and spice affably dance with molasses in this dark rum cocktail. However, its color remains as mysterious as The Black Pearl.
Vanilla Spice Syrup
Michelle Curtis – Whetstone Tavern
In honor of Hemmingway’s fishing nickname, this refreshing rum punch features flavors of basil, strawberry, and pineapple. With these flavors, Papa’s Punch is practically begging to be sipped on after a hot day in the Florida sun.
Strawberry Basil Syrup
Mother of the Dragon
Kimberly Shurig – Fine Palate
With a name like Mother of the Dragon, you know this one is going to be powerful. It features tequila and dragon fruit with a hint of habanero-infused simple syrup over fresh ice, garnished with a lime peel, dragon fruit skin, and cilantro.
Habanero-Infused Simple Syrup
Seamus Banning from Vesper Club won out for best cocktail of the night and will receive a two-night stay at the Margaritaville Resort & Marina in Key West. Which cocktail would you sip on the beach?