Holiday Cocktail Challenge: District at the Sheraton vs. Province at the Westin Downtown Phoenix
Tis the season...for boozing, that is.
To celebrate, more than a dozen downtown Phoenix restaurants and bars are taking their holiday concoctions into the battlefield in a six-week competition to see who can come up with the Most Spirited Holiday Cocktail of 2012. The seasonal libations vary from sugary sweet martinis to holiday bombers that would probably leave us reeling.
This week Chow Bella's holding our own contest, pitting the creations from the bars at two downtown hotels against one another in a holiday cocktail showdown. Who will make the nice list?
In this corner: Santa's Bellini from District American Kitchen and Wine Bar
Lauren Saria Santa's Bellini
The Drink: Fresh Cranberry Compote (made in-house), Simple Syrup, Splash of Frangelico Hazelnut Liquor, Top with Gloria Ferrer Sparkling Wine and garnished with Mint
The Setup: District American Kitchen is a favorite happy hour spot for many downtown diners and drinkers. On a Tuesday afternoon at the mostly empty bar we got the full attention of a cheerful bartender who actually tried to discourage us from ordering the holiday cocktail in favor of one of his own creations. (In his defense, the drink he mixed up for our day drinking date was totally delicious.) Otherwise, it's your typical hotel bar.
The Good: The dark pink drink featured brightly colored berries that danced in the glass as they rose with the bubbles of the sparkling wine. Unlike most winter holiday libations, Santa's Bellini was a light cocktail that could actually have been enjoyed all year long.
The Bad: Mixing berry and hazelnut liquor produced an arresting flavor combination...at first.
The Price: $10