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Recap: Drambuie and Chilled Magazine National Cocktail Competition

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I love when I am able to attend events that not only take me out of my neighborhood, but also have me try things that I otherwise wouldn’t choose unless prompted.

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On a casual Tuesday night, I made my way to Logan Square for a cocktail competition where the main liquor ingredient used would be whisky. Now, I am a clear liquor girl: vodka, gin, etc.—those are my go-tos (if white wine isn’t available.) So, coming into this event I was intrigued, but skeptical. It’s challenging to make a cocktail taste like a “non-whisky” drink, but that was what the competition was all about.

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The featured liquor was the Scottish classic, Drambuie, which hosted this Chicago portion of the National Cocktail Competition. The event was at The Heavy Feather, a small speakeasy atop the Slippery Slope. It is an amazing gem in Logan Square that just celebrated its one year anniversary, and has been thriving ever since.

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The five bartenders who were commissioned to participate in the competition are from local, well-known bars in Chicago and all of them created unique, and delicious cocktails. The competition required the bartenders to create two, signature cocktails using the Drambuie whiskey. A panel of judges scored and rated each of the cocktails, while guests voted for their favorites by dropping tokens in bowls for each bartender.

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It was a fantastic event, and Kevin Beary of Three Dots and A Dash, wowed the judges and won the Chicago Drambuie cocktail competition. Who knows, maybe after this, I’ll be a whisky drinker.

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