The final battle had arrived. Yelpers and mixologists alike
were curious to know who would be the final entrant in the Yelp Pours It On
finale. With plenty of Tropical, Jalapeno and Cocoa Tanteo at the ready,
warriors and observers made their way to the tony southern city of Coral
Gables. It was time for Real Housewives and craft cocktails!
Starting the evening off, Sebastian Silva channeled his best
Christina Aguilera and made a Dirty Tanteo — a naughty blend of olive juice,
infused herbs and Angostura bitters. Bulla Gastrobar was well represented.
Showing all the confidence of home-field advantage, Shula’s 347 Grill’s very
own Kiah Traverso dazzled the crowd with brûléed grapefruit, Grand Marnier and
Pama liquor. She called this devilish concoction the Tantiablo. Despite the use
of tequila and chocolate, the Inca Swizzle came charging in from Sushisamba
Coral Gables with Juan Gonzalez at the helm. Winding things up on a whimsical
note, Bernie Waters from Rose Bar dared the judges not to be impressed by his
combo of lime juice, guacamole syrup and jalapeno tequila. If you didn’t see
the name ‘Guacamole and Chips’ coming, you might not be cut out for this gig.
Proving they were up to the task, judges Jorge Arauz, Allegra Angelo, Nicholas
Pena, and Chef Marco Zuccala, sipped, tasted and discussed all things cocktail.
While they did that, guests did the same… but they also ate.
Shula’s set out a spread that included Sweet Chili chicken bites, Crispy
Ravioli, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Antipasti bruschetta and Hummus platter,
and Fancy Nuts. These savory delights provided the perfect compliment to the
spicy drinks being doled about.
But, after a while, the eating was done. It was time for the
award presentation. After a hard fought battle, Juan Gonzalez’s unique blend of
cocoa Tanteo Tequila, white cacao liqueur (Briottet), lemon, sugar syrup, chocolate
bitters, and julienned lemon zests proved to be the favorite of the evening.
Sushisamba Coral Gables served up a hit. Alex H popped all the shots you want
to see here and guests wrote their impressions here. The finalists have all
been named. Who will take the title? You’ll find out at the Finale. Be there.
Ready to rumble,