Tucson mixologist to represent Arizona in national contest

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Tucson’s Aaron Defeo of Casino Del Sol Resort has been chosen for the second year in a row as the Phoenix finalist in Bombay Sapphire’s Search for the Most Imaginative Bartender Competition. (He also won last year’s regional title of Arizona.)

Defeo will be heading to Las Vegas in September to vie for the ultimate title, competing against 51 top mixologists from across the country.

Guests gathered on Aug. 5 at The W Hotel in Scottsdale as Bombay Sapphire ambassador Tyler Levy sampled cocktails made by Phoenix’s most talented mixologists. After careful deliberation, the judges named Defeo's The Byzantine as the evening’s “Most Imaginative.”

If he takes the title in Vegas, Defeo will be featured on the cover of the December 2013 GQ magazine “Men of The Year” issue alongside his winning cocktail and will advance to the Global Finals in 2014.

The Byzantine
1.5 parts BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin
0.5 part Dolin Blanc
1 part Salted raspberry syrup
0.5 part Fresh lime
0.5 part Greek yogurt (whole)
2 dashes Allspice dram

Shake ingredients together. Strain and pour into coupe/martini glassware. Garnish with kaffir lime leaf and pink peppercorn.