Sepia Bartender Crafts a Winner

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Nov 15, 2007 4:59PM

2007_11_mad_scientist.jpgIt's easy to forget that, with all the hype recently bestowed to the Violet Hour since it opened months ago (much of it warranted, we'll preface), that this city was already teeming with master mixologists before Toby Maloney blew back into town. Case in point, at the recent "Chicago Iron Bartender" competition, Sepia's Peter Vestinos beat out a packed field including Nacional 27's Adam Seger, Tim Lacey of Spring Restaurant Group, and Otom's James Macknyk to win the crown. His recipe for his winning cocktail, the Ramble On, follows for you aspiring cocktail enthusiasts:

1 oz puree of blackberries, blueberries, strawberries sweetened with 1/2 oz agave nectar
2 oz Plymouth Gin
1/2 oz Campari
1/2 oz fresh lime juice

Shake and strain into rocks glass, garnish with mixed fresh berries.

As if we needed another reason to head to Sepia.

Image via Caughtoffside.com.