Dishcrawl's Cocktail Wars: Which Drink Will Win?

Matt Osmoe from Katie's Pizza & Pasta (9568 Manchester Road; 314-942-6555) will compete with his "Julieta Cabassac," which was inspired by the book The Fly-Truffler by Gustaf Sobin. A lonely man falls in love, but his young wife (the eponymous Julieta) dies shortly after. The drink was inspired by one of his memories of her.

"She's been picking flowers and she's kneeling in this field. He describes her beauty in great detail. The flowers, the herbs and her hair in the sun -- it kind of stuck in my head," Osmoe says. "I wanted to create a drink based on that moment, since he was so vivid about the smells. I just built the cocktail from smells -- it builds a perfume in the glass."

Arndt uses two types of gin, Uncle Val's and TRU Organic, plus ginger cognac and elderflower liqueur with rosemary and a lemon twist. "I'm just gonna do my thing. I don't wanna get fancy or anything like that," he says. "I just want to make sure that it's done accurately to the consistency that I want, the profile that I want. As long as I can pin that down, I'll be happy. As long as I don't fall off the stage, that would be better."

Stephanie DiCamillo of Mango (1101 Lucas Avenue; 314-621-9993) and Cafe Eau (212 North Kingshighway Boulevard; 314-454-9000) submitted a "Thai One On," inspired by her love for Thai food. It combines sake, lemongrass, kaffir lime and ginger. DiCamillo is out of town until the day before the competition, but we'll update with her thoughts when we hear from her.

You can get tickets for Tuesday night's event here starting at $10. Tickets will also be available at the door. The competition starts at 7 p.m. at Mad Art Gallery. There will be judges (including our own Cheryl Baehr), but the audience gets to vote as well. Which cocktail would you pick?

"I think I'm going to have fun. Two of my really good friends, Tyler and Matt, are competing with me," Harlan says. "I'm just going to see if I can't learn a few things from the two of them and hopefully do better than them!"

Gut Check is always hungry for tips and feedback. Email the author at nancy.stiles@riverfronttimes.com or follow her on Twitter.




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2727 S. 12th St., St. Louis, MO

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