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Yelp Miami Pours It On: Battle I



It’s here! The Battles have begun! Yelp Pours It On is
Miami’s chance to experience some of the craft cocktails and mixologists The
Magic City (and nearby metros) has to offer. With a base spirit of Tanteo
tequila
, all invited craftsmen were charged with the task of creating a
signature cocktail that best represented their cocktail point of view.

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Chris Funk from the Florida Cookery started the Battle off
with his pineapple, lime and agave masterpiece, The Venetian. Home field was up
next as Jordan Mednick from Biscayne Tavern set mouths on fire with The Angry
Tropical
– a mix of tequila, cider and muddled kiwi. The birds-eye from
Brickell came in the form of Area 31’s Ahmed George. He wowed the crowd with a
crafty mix of tropical tequila, passion fruit and mint. There was nothing
ambiguous about The Social Club’s entry. Chad Phillips delighted taste buds
with the Seven Types Of Ambiguity – an inventive blend of egg whites,
watermelon and jalapeno tequila. Judges Daniel Singer, Jorge Arauz, Allegra
Angelo
, and Chef Richard Hales had their work cut out for them.

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Biscayne Tavern set the battleground bar high as host of the
Downtown/Brickell/South Beach firefight. Even though the stars of the evening were
the delectable cocktails, Biscayne’s food options more than held their own.
With passed food items like Crispy Gulf Shrimp Dynamite (with spicy mayo);
Eggplant Fries (with tomato jam); Korean Kalbi Grilled Chicken Wings (with
pickled carrot and scallion); Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates (wrapped in tasajo beef
and topped with a balsamic glaze); and warm cookies (served with a shot of
milk), it was hard to make a choice between liquid and solid.

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But, at the end of the evening, one cocktail reigned
supreme
. Chad Phillips’ Seven Types of Ambiguity (from The Social Club) wowed
judges and audience alike with its use of Tanteo Jalapeño, lemon, honey,
watermelon cubes, and egg white. Intrepid photog Alex H snapped all the
pictures here and guests wrote down their experiences here. We’re just getting
started. Who’s going to join The Social Club at the Yelp Pours It On Finale on
9/25? Stay tuned!

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Soldiering on,

Johnny T

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