Anu Apte, your 2009 Starbucks Mix-Off Champion

Anu Apte

photo by joshc [flickr]; more snaps in the photoset. [flickr]

Tonight, Starbucks held a little competiton between local bartenders at the Hotel 1000 in which each concocted a cocktail that included their VIA instant coffee. When all was said and done, Anu Apte (of Rob Roy) took the top prize after the judging panel called it a tie and and an audience choice tiebreaker crowned her the winner over runner-up Erik Hakkinen (of Zig Zag Café) and other competitors Keenan Ahlo (BOKA Kitchen + Bar), Andrew Friedman (Liberty).

In addition to powdered coffee, her refreshing cocktail, a Zaya rum-based Colombia Coffee Fizz included chartreuse, simple syrup, vanilla soda, an egg white, heavy cream, and slapped mint, won on behalf of the ASTAR Center. His Beccacino, which nearly knocked me over with its tasty high alcohol content, was packed with bourbon, benedictine, irish mist, amaretto, oregeat syrup, heavy whipping cream and cold coffee. All in all, the event was a nice reminder that there’s more to caffeinated boozing than rum & coke or tequila & red bull if you throw in some creativity, talented bartenders, and access to great ingredients.

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