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Magical mixtures made at Snowdown’s annual Bartenders Contest

‘Official drink’ is awarded to Polyjuice Potion
Bartending duo Rochelle Piro and Chad Riddles take first place Wednesday at the 2022 Snowdown Bartenders Contest with their drink, the Polyjuice Potion. (Nicholas A. Johnson/Durango Herald)

Local witches and wizards entered their finest potions and elixirs Wednesday during Snowdown’s Bartenders Contest, one of many events that helped kick off the rowdy five-day cabin-fever reliever in Durango.

About 100 people showed up at Starlight Lounge to see eight of Durango’s finest pourers and shakers serve their best drink.

The contest’s three judges included drag queen Aria PettyOne, tattoo artist Coral Eidenschink and Lynsee Cole. Judges rated drinks on taste and presentation.

“This is one of the original events that has been going on continuously since Snowdown began, except for last year due to COVID-19,” said Starlight Lounge owner and bartending contest emcee Rick Carney.

The winning drink, the Polyjuice Potion, made by the team of Rochelle Piro and Chad Riddles with The Roost and Cuckoo’s Chicken House, is now the official drink of Snowdown.

Bartender Edee Monge shakes her Heaven Can Wait cocktail at the 2022 Snowdown Bartenders Contest on Wednesday at Starlight Lounge. (Nicholas A. Johnson/Durango Herald)

The Polyjuice Potion has a dark burgundy color served in a snifter. When the bubble on top of the drink bursts, smoke oozes down the side of the glass.

Second-place was awarded to Edee Monge for her drink Heaven Can Wait, and third-place was awarded Taylor Kohler for her Mystical Magical Lavender Sour.

Other entries included the Dragon’s Blood Decoction made by Noah Frost, the Cauldron Cosmo made by Angela Grenga and Magic Mescalita made by Corey Chapman.

njohnson@durangoherald.com

Third-place winner Taylor Kohler pours her Magical Mystical Lavender Sour for judges Wednesday during the 2022 Snowdown Bartenders Contest. (Nicholas A. Johnson/Durango Herald)
The Cauldron Cosmo, made by Angela Grenga, is one of two cocktails that used dry ice to create the effect of smoke seeping off of a bubbling potion during the 2022 Snowdown Bartenders Contest. (Nicholas A. Johnson/Durango Herald)
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