On Sunday, Michael's On East Bartender Simone Lemieux and our mixology team took home first place for Best Whiskey Cocktail at the "Set the Bar" event held at Ed Smith Stadium by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals. The event included bartenders from 25 restaurant/bars creating the tastiest, most eye-catching cocktails imaginable. The five spirit categories were Papa's Pilar Rum, Cathead Vodka, Dark Door Spirit of Oak Bourbon Whiskey, Big Storm Distillery London Dry Gin, and Cuervo Tradicional Cristalino. The competition was no walk in the park as Michael's On East faced some of the toughest competitors in the Sarasota/Venice region!
The winning cocktail, crafted by Lemieux, was named "After Dinner Fling" and consisted of Orange and Bitter Chocolate-infused "Dark Door" Spirit of the Oak Bourbon Whiskey, Tia Maria Coffee Liqueur and Cinnamon Syrup, topped with an Espresso-infused cold foam, garnished with fresh cinnamon and Cocoa Powder. The "After Dinner Fling" cocktail will be available for a limited time at Michael's On East.
Don't miss out on this award-winning cocktail!
(left to right) Moussa Shafie, Michael Klauber, Raymond Alexander, and Simone Lemieux