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Houstonians shake up the ZaZa for a fab fall cocktail challenge

Houstonians shake up the ZaZa for a fab fall cocktail challenge

Ashley Golden and Adam Greer
Ashley Golden and Adam Greer.  Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Margot Delaronde, Lesley Noto, Brooke Bentley
Margot Delaronde, Lesley Noto, and Brooke Bentley.  Photo by Roswitha Vogler
cocktails
The Showdown cocktails.  Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Erin Delaney, Shelby Janik, Nick Scurfield
Erin Delaney, Shelby Janik, and Nick Scurfield.  Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Judges
Cocktail Showdown judges Steven Devadanam, Lily Jang, Robbie Cook, Jorge Raptis, and Carlos Brandon. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Jason and Stacy Johnson
Jason and Stacy Johnson. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Ben and Annabelle Flanagan
Ben and Annabelle Flanagan.  Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Phillip Richard, Sarah Dugas
Phillip Richard and Sarah Dugas.  Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Momptaz Rahman, Annabelle Flanagan
Annabelle Flanagan and Momotaz Rahman.  Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Rob Castello, Laura Barker, Thomas Lotero
Rob Castello, Laura Barker, and Thomas Lotero.  Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Ashley Golden and Adam Greer
Margot Delaronde, Lesley Noto, Brooke Bentley
cocktails
Erin Delaney, Shelby Janik, Nick Scurfield
Judges
Jason and Stacy Johnson
Ben and Annabelle Flanagan
Phillip Richard, Sarah Dugas
Momptaz Rahman, Annabelle Flanagan
Rob Castello, Laura Barker, Thomas Lotero

Winter is coming. And with that in mind, the Hotel ZaZa Memorial City hosted its fall installment of its signature Cocktail Showdown to showcase signature sips from some of Houston’s top talent.

Upon arriving to the event, which benefitted Homemade Hope, each guest chose a whimsical token shaped as a piece of fruit, which was then placed in a bowl for the People’s Choice Award. Partygoers gathered poolside around The Beach Club, enjoying hand-crafted cocktails, light bites curated by Hotel ZaZa’s Chef Jacob Weaver, and music.

The competing mixologists for the evening were Alli Genoway (Bosscat Kitchen and Libations) with her Chai’s Tale made with Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength; Patrick Abalos (Not Too Sweet Events) with his Abuelito’s Ponche, made with Don Julio Reposado; Ryan Perry (Presidio) with his King of The North, made with Johnnie White Walker; Arturo Jimenez (Blend Bar) with his Corpse Revival, made with Ketel One Vodka; and Alex Banh (Whiskey Cake) with his Fond Memories, made with Zacapa 23.

Celebrity judges included Heritage Texas Properties realtor and famed foodie Lily Jang, CultureMap editor Steven Devadanam, food writer Carlos Brandon, Jorge Raptis of National Educator Latin Spirits, and Robbie Cook of the United States Bartender’s Guild.

Banh won the People’s Choice honor for his Fond Memories. Meanwhile, the judges chose Perry’s King of The North — which, in keeping with its Game of Thrones theme featured a flaming lemon garnish — as the winning drink of the night. The event raised $1,735 for Homemade Hope.

Cocktail Showdown sippers included Stacy and Jason Johnson, Tony Bravo, Brooke Bentley, Erin Delaney, Shelby Janik, Nick Scurfield, Ashley Golden, Adam Greer, and Owen Daniels.