Edit ModuleShow Tags

Lawless Distilling Bartender Named "Most Imaginative"

Brandon Sass won the 12th Annual Most Imaginative Bartender regional competition


Published:

How do you feel about a cheeseburger cocktail? The judges at the Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender competition apparently felt really good about it, as Brandon Sass's cheeseburger-inspired gin drink just landed him a trip to England to compete for a North American title.

His drink is really a riff on the classic Ramos Gin Fizz: creamy, sparkly, rich. He uses a packet of mayo, along with a honey mustard syrup. And "cheeseburger"-washed Bombay Sapphire Gin? Really? 

We've never won the finals, but Nathaniel Smith from Spoon & Stable made it to the championships in 2015 and 2016. Other finalists have included Tyler Kleinow, Rob Jones, Jesse Held, Chad Larson, and Andy Truskolaski. Big hitters. The bartenders have to win a Twin Cities competition to advance to the regional, and then the top two bartenders at that regional advance to the North American finals. Sass had to knock off finalists from Chicago, Detroit, Columbus, and Omaha to advance.

“The MIB competition consistently pushes the industry to showcase new levels of imagination, and it’s an honor to be named a finalist knowing the caliber of talent that has come out of the MIB program throughout the past 12 years," says Sass. “It’s thrilling to be able to compete alongside so many creative bartenders in the region and I look forward to representing Minneapolis at the finale in London.”

Not sure if you're going to make this at home—but maybe Brandon will make you one over at Lawless's excellent cocktail room.

AMERICANA
2 oz. "Cheeseburger"-Washed Bombay Sapphire Gin
1 packet Hellman's Mayo
1/2 oz. Cream
1/4 oz. Lemon
1/4 oz. Lime
1 1/2 oz. Honey Mustard Syrup
2 dash Bittercube Blackstrap Bitters
2 oz. Seltzer

Inspiration: "I love the tradition of the American Cheeseburger. The historical dance from soda fountain at the pharmacy, through Prohibition, into the classic diner, the drive-in, all the way to the modern fast food joint. Alcohol has obviously since left the quintessential burger restaurant, but it should make a comeback in this variation on the classic Ramos Gin Fizz. This cocktail seemed to have existed alongside the American diner culture, sometimes mingling together, in the case of the Buena Vista in San Francisco. I've incorporated all the flavors of the classic American cheeseburger into this truly American cocktail."

Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Minnesota Monthly's Taste Blog answers your restaurant and dining questions, dishes on latest discoveries, reflects on breaking news, and generally brings the plate to the page with a skilled crew of experts: Learn more about the Taste bloggers.

Have a food-related question? Email rhutton@mnmo.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Taste Blog

Stout-Marinated Grilled Tri-Tip Recipe

Treat dad or any lucky guest to flavorful, juicy beef with a splash of beer in the mix with this recipe from meat expert Bruce Aidells

6 Foods to Pack for the Cabin

Don't head north to the cabin without these delicious necessities

The Driscoll’s Difference

Driscoll’s goes to great lengths to ensure every clamshell on the shelves is packed with only the most flavorful, deliciously ripe berries.

Meet the Joy Makers

Meet the Joy Makers

Back to School Prep! Bento boxes are Easy Breakfasts that can be Prepped Ahead

The strategy for conquering the crazy weekday mornings is the all important prep.

Top 6 Frozen Drinks in the Twin Cities

Find the best spiked slushees and frozen rosé here

Summer Events for Food Lovers

From quirky small town get-togethers to “The Great Minnesota Get-Together,” make sure not to miss these summer events celebrating delicious food.

Rosé All Summer

Start by raising a glass to National Rosé Day, but keep it up all summer with one of the most food-friendly wines—plus whip up icy frosé

Review: Red Sauce Rebellion in Excelsior

Excelsior's newest Water Street restaurant brings familiar Italian flavors with a well-executed red sauce
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags