Holiday Cocktail Challenge: District at the Sheraton vs. Province at the Westin Downtown Phoenix
In the other corner: "Winter in Rio" Dulce de Leche Martini from Province
Lauren Saria "Winter in Rio" Dulce de Leche Martini
The Drink: Dulce de leche liqueur (made in-house), Disaronno Amaretto, Whipped Egg White and a pinch Vanilla Cinnamon Fleur de Sel
The Setup: Province, located in the Westin Phoenix Downtown, opened in March 2011 inside the Freeport-McMoRan Center. Compared to the giant Hyatt and Sheraton hotels, the 242-room Westin feels small yet cosmopolitan. The bar, more dark and swanky than bright and airy, is the perfect setting for after work drinks or a pre-dinner snack.
The Good: The dulce de leche martini looks and feels like a winter drink. The dash of whipped cream sitting atop the drink reminds us of a mug of hot chocolate - if hot chocolate had a cold, alcoholic sibling.
The Bad: For some reason, the mixture of flavors just didn't jive the way it should have. We picked up the caramel and we noticed the amaretto but rather than blending together in holiday drink heaven, the flavors resulted in a less than stellar combination.
The Price: $9
The Winner: Apparently the big guy in red has great taste in booze. We have to pick District's Santa's Bellini over the Latin-influenced holiday drink at Province. If nothing else, District gets points for going the creative route by ditching the heavy holiday standard for a light and bubbly treat, perfect for day drinking December away.
To see the rest of the drinks in the Downtown Phoenix Partnership's Spirits of the Season competition, visit the Holidays in Downtown website. Voting closes on December 20. The drinks will be available through December 31.
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