Ginning Up Cocktail Romance

March 01, 2016
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Martin Miller's Gin Competition winners
Winners and judges of the Martin Miller's Gin Bartender Competition at Beaker & Gray, Wynwood

How to convey love, adventure, travel, romance in a cocktail? Roses, exotic spices, unexpected ingredients like fennel and charming stemmed glassware were some of the props used to woo the judges of the recent Martin Miller's Gin Bartender Competition at Beaker & Gray in Wynwood. Bartenders were asked to create an original cocktail using Martin Miller's gin, either a fresh twist on an old classic or a new idea.

New spin on gin and tonic
Philip Khanderish of The Setai
Mark Kinzer of Wynwood Diner
Photo 1: Beaker and Gray mixologist John Cooper makes his own tonic
Photo 2: Philip Khanderish of The Setai used avocado peel as a garnish
Photo 3: Wynwood Diner's Mark Kinzer shakes his gin cocktail

Judges Jaki Winkles of Kindred Spirits USA, Cricket Nelson of Edrington Americas and edible South Florida Tropical Tippling columnist Paula Echevarria looked for flavors, creativity and an imaginative presentation.

Martin Miller's Gin Competition judges
Echevarria, Winkles and Nelson discuss the fine points of the entrants' creations.

After deliberations, the votes were tallied. First place went to Philip Khanderish of The Setai, second to Mark Kinzer of Wynwood Diner and third to Kabir Akbani of Lure Fishbar. Khanderish and Kinzer move on to the state finals and a chance for a trip to Iceland.

Philip Khanderish's cocktail
Mark Kinzer's cocktail
Kabir Akbani's cocktail
Photo 1: Philip Khanderish of The Setai garnished his award-winning cocktail with avocado peel
Photo 2: Romantic glassware set the tone for Wynwood Diner's Mark Kinzer's second-place cocktail
Photo 3: Kabir Akbani of Lure Fishbar won third for his Taste of India, using spices and a rose garnish

Find Martin Miller's Gin at select ABC Fine Wine & Spirits stores and the following Winn-Dixie stores in South Florida:

  • 17131 Miramar Parkway, Miramar
  • 3439 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach
  • 678 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale
  • 20355 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura
  • 1640 W. 49 St., Hialeah
  • 11292 SR 84, Davie
  • 539 W 49 St., Hialeah
  • 1519 E Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale
  • 2760 N. Roosevelt Blvd, Key West
  • 18310 SW 137 Ave., Miami
  • 12095 SW 152 St., Miami
  • 2111 SW 33 Ave., Miami
  • 5598 W. Sample Rd., Margate
  • 11245 SW 40 St., Miami
  • 963 N. Nob Hill Rd., Plantation
Article from Edible South Florida at http://ediblesouthflorida.ediblecommunities.com/drink/ginning-cocktail-romance
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