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Spirit of Phoenix: Craft the City’s Signature Cocktail

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Vote on your favorite cocktail below
 

Voting for the top 4 cocktails will be open until April 27. After voters narrow down the top 4 into the top 2, voting will resume on May 3rd to select the official "Phoenix" cocktail. 

 

Experiences

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April Experiences

From April 3 through April 27, Spirit of Phoenix Cocktail Competition Experiences will be held at the Clarendon Hotel & Spa, Garden Bar, Little Rituals and Merc Bar. These experiences allow valley locals to order a flight of mini-cocktails that come out consecutively to sample and vote on.

 

Azlin at the Clarendon Hotel - Wednesdays through Friday - 4pm to close 

Garden BarWednesdays and Thursdays - 5pm to close

Little Rituals - Sundays and Tuesdays 5pm to close

Merc Bar - Monday through Thursday – 5pm to close 

 

April Pop-Ups

On the dates below, pop-ups will be held at the corresponding locations. Just like the aforementioned experiences, These pop-ups allow patrons to order a flight of mini-cocktails that come out consecutively to sample and vote on. 

 

April 5: The Churchill (mobile bar) - 4 -6 p.m.

April 11: Little Debbies (in First & Last) - 6-9 p.m.

April 18: Little Woody - 5-7 p.m.

April 23: Highball Cocktail Bar 6-8 p.m.

 

Additional pop-up locations will be coming soon! Keep an eye out for dates and times for the following locations:

 

The Churchill (Downtown)

Wicked Brews, Bites & Spirits (Ahwatukee)

Sunny’s Lounge (Say Less) (Arcadia)

Humble Bistro (Desert Ridge)

McKenzie’s Midtown Tavern (Midtown)

The Neighborly (Uptown)

Tarbell’s (Arcadia)

The Phoenix

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How It Works

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The Judges

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The Judges

 

Aaron DeFeo

Aaron DeFeo

Tucson native Aaron DeFeo is best known as the co-owner and Bar Director of the award-winning Little Rituals, a 75-seat reimagining of the hotel bar concept in Downtown Phoenix, as well as a founder of Stabyl Beverage Co. and a partner in Arizona Cocktail Weekend.

Jason Asher

Jason Asher

Jason Asher, a culinary maestro and celebrated mixologist from Phoenix, Arizona, is a founding partner of the acclaimed Barter & Shake. With over two decades of experience in the hospitality industry, Jason's expertise spans across mixology, spirits, and restaurant and bar operations.

Jax Donahue

Jax Donahue

Jax Donahue is the Former Beverage Director of Barter & Shake Creative Hospitality parent company owning Tales of the Cocktail 2023 Best US Cocktail Bar Century Grand including Platform18, Grey Hen and Undertow located in Phoenix, Arizona. He has very recently stepped away from Barter to pursue his own passions as Owner of Pour Form Consulting, a beverage hospitality consulting company he established in 2019.

Zach O’Haire

Zach O’Haire

Zach O’Haire is the founder of Distilled Hearts, a bar-forward industry consultancy located in downtown Phoenix, AZ.

Kim Haasarud

Kim Haasarud

Kim Haasarud, an award-winning mixologist and acclaimed author, began her journey as a bartender in 90s NYC. As the founder of Liquid Architecture LLC, her innovative touch has left a mark on clients worldwide, spanning hotels, restaurants, bars, and beverage brands.

Micah Olson

Micah Olson

Micah Olson is a sommelier and an award-winning bartender. He has over 25 years of experience in food and beverage, honing his craft at small local restaurants, luxury resorts and upscale cocktail bars before opening up the award winning restaurant and bar Crudo in 2013 and Okra in 2015 as co-owner and beverage director for the two restaurants and bars. Currently he is the beverage director for Arizona Distilling Co. where he can be involved in the whole process of cocktail making from start to finish.

Shannon A. Krol

Shannon A. Krol

Shannon is a seasoned industry professional renowned for her expertise in beverage and event planning. With a proven track record of tackling challenges and wearing multiple hats, she has become a trusted consultant andpartner in various self-employed ventures.

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