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7x7 Presents: The 2011 Summer of SVEDKA Mixology Competition

Welcome to SVEDKA and 7x7's Summer of SVEDKA Mixology Competition. We've asked some of the most inventive barkeeps around town to concoct one creative and tasty libation utilizing SVEDKA vodka for a chance to win $2,033 and to represent San Francisco at the 2011 Summer of SVEDKA Mixologist Finals in New York City. Check out the recipes they whipped up below and vote on which one you think sounds the tastiest. One randomly selected voter will receive a $50 bar tab at the winning bar!

Voting takes place from August 1st through August 31st. The winner of the San Francisco contest will be revealed on September 7th. Have fun trying all the great cocktails, and good luck to all our worthy, wonderful, whimsical bartenders... cheers!

Bartender: Anna Rossi
Bar: Credo
360 Pine Street (at Montgomery)
Cocktail Name: The Spiked Lassi
    1.75 oz SVEDKA vodka
    .5 oz yogurt
    .75 oz honey syrup
    .5 oz lemon
    2 dashes angostura bitters
    2 dashes orange bitters
    pinch salt

Bartender's notes: The inspiration for "The Spiked Lassi" is its virgin counterpart, the lassi, served in sweet and savory varieties in most Indian restaurants. The lassi is a creamy, refreshing contrast to the heat of garam masala and other classic Indian spices.

Bartender: Nick Ranahan
Bar: Izzy's Steaks & Chops
3345 Steiner Street
Cocktail Name: Espresso Martini
    2 oz SVEDKA vodka
    .75 oz Kahlua
    .5 oz Creme de Cocoa (dark and light)
    .5 oz Single Espresso Shot
    .5 oz half and half

Bartender's notes: Something delicious that could be served before dinner, during the meal and also after for dessert.

Bartender: John Giuffre
Bar: John Colins
138 Minna Street @ New Montgomery
Cocktail Name: BADA BING BOT
    In Mixing Glass:
    2 Bing Cherries
    1/4 Slice lemon
    1/8 oz Simple Syrup
    2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

    Muddle the Above.
    Add Ice.
    Add 1(1/2) oz. SVEDKA Cherry Vodka
    .5 oz Antica Carpano
    .5 oz Cherry Herring
    2 oz of Brut Rose

Bartender's notes: A combination of two classics: champagne cocktail + Manhattan

Bartender: Daniel
Bar: Mayes
1233 Polk Street
Cocktail Name: Fem_Bot Fizz
    1 oz SVEDKA Cherry
    1 oz SVEDKA Vanilla
    California Bing Cherrys
    Sonoma Pinot Noir
    Lemon Juice
    Egg White
    Maraschino Liqueur

Bartender's notes: My idea behind the cocktail was using California's great wines and local produce, mixing that with the global SVEDKA vodka, a Splash of Old World Italian… Inspired by my living in North Beach!

Bartender: Aom Aphiradee
Bar: Ozone
598 2nd St. at Brannan
Cocktail Name: Swedish Smile
    1 1/2 oz of SVEDKA Raspberry Vodka
    1/4 oz of 10 y.o. Tawny Port wine
    1/4 oz of Peach Liqueur
    Fresh raspberries & blackberries, muddled Thai basil leaves
    1/2 oz of house-made ginger infusion
    1/2 oz of fresh lemon juice
    A few dashes of Swedish Herb Bitters and Blood Orange Bitters
    1 egg white

Bartender's notes: Because I am from Thailand, I incorporated more exotic ingredients reminiscent of my heritage such as Thai basil and fresh ginger. I added some Port wine and a molecular mixology element—foam—to balance out the flavors.

Bartender: Sean Roland
Bar: Rebel
1760 Market Street
Cocktail Name: Potion #7
    1.25 oz Ginger infused SVEDKA vodka.
    .25 oz Pure Maple syrup
    Splash Apricot Juice
    Juice of Lemon Wedge
    Pinch Cayenne Pepper

Bartender's notes: This is a crisp yet warming cocktail, inspired by the cold summers of SF. The ginger infused SVEDKA mingles with the apricot, and the pure maple syrup and cayenne lend the cocktail a cosy, earthy kick.

Bartender: JP Nguyen
Bar: Straits
845 Market St. 4th Floor
Cocktail Name: I'M HAPPY NOW
    1 1/2 oz SVEDKA Citron
    Squeeze half of fresh lemon
    1/2 oz of In-House Lemongrass Syrup

Bartender's notes: Shaken and Served in martini glass. Lightly topped with sparkling brut and garnish with lemon wheel.

Bartender: Jenny McNamara
Bar: Swig
561 Geary Street
Cocktail Name: My Little Pony
    1 oz SVEDKA Raspberry
    1/2 oz SVEDKA Citron
    3/4 oz Cranberry juice
    1/2 oz Frangelico
    4-5 dashes of chocolate bitters
    4-5 fresh raspberries

Bartender's notes: SVEDKA raspberry has a wonderful full flavor. I love raspberries and chocolate with hazelnut so what better way to enjoy other than in a chocolate bar but in a drink. This can also be topped off with champagne/soda or sprite to make it tall.