Revelers sip to support Barton Hospital at South Lake Tahoe’s Signature Cocktail Contest |

Revelers sip to support Barton Hospital at South Lake Tahoe’s Signature Cocktail Contest

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — More than 250 revelers packed into the Riva Grill last night for the sixth annual Signature Cocktail Contest.

Hosted by the Barton Foundation, the contest featured one-of-a-kind creations made by local bartenders with Tahoe Blue Vodka and their choice of ingredients. Garnishes were a popular addition with different drinks boasting candied beets, cupcakes, and edible flowers.

This year’s contest participants included bartenders from Artemis Lakefront Café (Bret Cram and Xain Coslow), Coldwater Brewery (Mary Potorski), Gunbarrel Tavern (Kelsey Weist), Heavenly (Stephen Camp), The Landing Resort and Spa (Marc Jensen), LewMarNel’s (Gary Gramprie), MontBleu Resort and Casino (Sarah Woldt and Isaac Croll), Riva Grill, and Tahoe Beach Retreat (Andie and Sean McDaniel). Jesse Kalin Carson provided music and Riva Grill served heavy appetizers to complement the event.

Attendees voted Riva Grill’s Blue Linen “Best Cocktail.” The drink combined Tahoe Blue Vodka with lavender, mint, cucumber, and St. Germain. It was made by Erick Martinez, who also received the most tips and was voted “Most Congenial Bartender.” Erick received “Most Congenial Bartender” in 2014 and “Best Cocktail” in 2013.

The winning cocktail will be served at Barton Foundation’s Gala fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 5 during the Festival of Trees and Lights. Both events raise funds to support this year’s cause: expanding medical services and community programs for Barton Hospital’s Level III Trauma Center.

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