Sunday, January 8

Devour Downtown Winterfest 2012 Signature Drink Winners

Devour Downtown continues its tradition of offering menus at a reduced cost from Indianapolis-area restaurants. The event, which takes place each winter and summer, has become a mecca for foodies, many who attempt to hit each eatery. The 2012 Winterfest runs from Jan. 9 - 22, and includes more than 40 eateries this time.

For a $30 prix fixe menu, one or two guests can dine on specially selected three-course meals. Devour Downtown, originating in 2005, is hosted by the Indianapolis Downtown Restaurant & Hospitality Association. For full list of restuarants, menus and locations, click DevourDowntown.org. Information is also available on Facebook or follow on Twitter @DevourDowntown.

Accompanying the cuisine are the winners of the Signature Drinks competition. I am always pleased to be selected as one of the judges of this distinguished competition. It brings out the best mixologists in Indianapolis for cash prizes and bragging rights. The three categories' liquors, Canadian Club, 1800 Tequila and Grey Goose, are required as the main ingredient in the new recipe, created specifically for the Devour Downtown event.

Winners
1800 Tequila
Drink: 1800 Holiday Wish
Mixologist: Elesia Rock
Restaurant/Bar: Harry & Izzy's
Recipe: Muddle cranberries and lime with simple syrup. Add ice, cranberry juice and 1800 with splash of pomegranate and cranberry juices. Add Triple Sec and a splash of sour mix. Sugar rim of glass, set aside. Shake in a different glass. Build 1/2 of ice, layer of cranberries, other 1/2 of ice, then strain into rimmed glass.


Grey Goose
Drink: The World Traveler
Mixologist: Bryce Tremont
Restaurant/Bar: Lorenzo's Ristorante
Recipe: 1.5 oz. Grey Goose Vodka, 1 oz Huber Winery Blueberry-infused dessert wine, 0.75 oz Chilean Tamaya baby pear juice, splash of St. Germain, splash of Prosecco, Chilean Tamaya baby pear
Pour vodka, dessert wine, pear juice and St. Germain into an ice-filled shaker. Shake and serve in well-chilled martini glass. Garnish with Chilean Tamaya baby Pear. Top with a splash of Prosecco.

Canadian Club Whiskey
Drink: Hoosier Holiday Blend
Mixologist: Elesia Rock
Restaurant/Bar: Harry & Izzy's
Recipe: Muddle cranberries, oranges and cinnamon stick with bitters and light simple syrup. Add Canadian Club and cranberry juice and splash of Sprite.

Images: Izzy Evans
For sponsor information, visit Republic National Distributing Company

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGo and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in M magazine and the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

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