Chicago’s Best Mix it Up in Punch Wars

Grey Goose Vodka provided an  exciting night last Monday at Vertigo. Guests had come to witness Punch Wars . The best mixologists in Chicago challenged themselves to concoct a punch that tasted great and made a splash with the judges.  While the artists were at work , guests feasted on appetizers that were provided by Vertigo and the Dana.  Two rounds of competition featured eleven contestants. I got to try some of the punches and I must say that they were good, but there was one I actually preferred.  That was Lynn House of Blackbird’s Diamonds and Pearls.  It had pear flavored Grey Goose in it and fruit .  Coincidentally, Lynn was chosen the winner of the Punch Wars. She will go to Miami in October to compete in the national competition.  Second place went to Drumbar ‘s  Benjamin Newby. He added a little special champagne to make his punch sparkle.  Third place went to Liz Pearce of the Drawing Room. Her drink also had a nice fruity flavor. Not only that her enthusiasm was contagious.  Congrats to all the winners.

The view from Vertigo , facing Holy Name Cathedral. One word , gorgeous

That is what I call a snack. Burgers, crab cakes, chicken, and pulled pork sliders were enough to get the crowd psyched to cheer on their favorite bar tender.

Grey goose is always my liquor of choice.  Makes the best cocktails.

Benjamin ponders what to add to his punch next. I know it will be good because his drinks are always delicious

Lynn of Blackbird was so cool and professional as she mixed her drinks.  Love her little oufit.

Liz has a good feeling about her cocktail.  It worked because she came in third in the competition.

After a long process, the judges award the top three prizes.  Everyone did work hard.

Here I am with the winner who is going to represent Chicago in October in Miami

Hot Chicago at night!

all photos taken by Jennifer Hedrick



About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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2 Responses to Chicago’s Best Mix it Up in Punch Wars

  1. Torri says:

    Hello, I log on to your blog regularly. Your writing style is witty, keep up the good work!

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