Best Bartenders in Town Vie for Bragging Rights

(Kathy Enzerink, Photographer)
Art of Mixology Cocktail Kits were sold in front of Theatre Square by (R) Ani Breslin, Mixology Committee member and Denise Nomura, Lamorinda Arts Council President.

The Art of Mixology Winners Are…
    As with many events since March, the annual Art of Mixology was an online, virtual competition with winners announced last month. The largest annual fundraising event for the Lamorinda Arts Council, in-person tastings and samplings morphed into Mixology Cocktail Kits. Turning recipes from the five finalist bartenders into delicious cocktail kits, every ingredient was included for purchase, except the alcohol.
    Bartenders mixed their craft cocktails for the Zoom audience Oct. 16, when the winners were announced.
    Hailey Coder, a professional bartender at Bar Cava in Martinez, won First Place for her Two Faced cocktail, taking home a trophy plus $500 cash. Sadé Stamps took Second Place, for which she received a certificate and $300 cash. Third place, awarding a certificate and $150 cash was won by Ben Dimond. Mike Whipple, placing fourth, received a certificate and $100 cash.
    Brian Gamble, an amateur mixologist, won the coveted Audience Award with his recipe for Fall’ifornia Dreamin’. He received a trophy and $200 cash.
    Two Faced, by Hailey Coder, A refreshing concoction with a kick is made with El Mayor Tequila, mixed with the contrasting flavors of jalapeno and pineapple, cranberry and lime and rimmed with something different on each side.
    Fall’ifornia Dreamin’ by Brian Gamble, features St. George Breaking & Entering American Whiskey, combined with the taste of apple, St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur, chocolate and cozy spices.
    “Videos of each mixologist making their drink is available on our website,” said Denise Nomura, co-chair of the event and president of the Lamorinda Arts Council. Visit

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