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.
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.