How fun is this? Each of the 5 Culinary Drop Out locations has created their own unique cocktail in a friendly competition. Bar Wars. You can vote for your favorite for your own chance to win gift cards. I toured all 3 Arizona locations to sample for myself. There are two more locations in Vegas and Austin.
My first stop was Scottsdale. Culinary Dropout is located across from Scottsdale Fashion Square. Love this location with its fancy chandeliers and great patio seating. A bit more sophisticated location with the games of The Yard. Love Tucson’s Del Bac Whiskey as its always a staple in my home bar. Prickly Pear too is a win and love the taste of home it adds to the drink.
Del Bac Desert Flower
Del Bac Classic Whiskey, Lavender Syrup,
Fresh Lemon, Prickly Pear Jam
Garnished with Sliced Lemon Wheel
Next up is central Phoenix’s 7th Street location at The Yard. Always a popular spot for watching games or playing your own (ping pong??). Loved the freshness of this drink and the touch of apricot.
Mellow on Montebello
Nolet’s Gin, Bitter Truth Apricot Liquor
Cane Syrup, Fresh Basil and Lemon
Garnished with Basil Sprigs
Finally Tempe at The Yard. Loved everything about this drink. When I look at a menu and see a cocktail with Rye, that’s always my pick. Love the use of Arizona Distilling Co,’s Copper City Bourbon which was infused with peach.
The Daisy Duke
Bulleit Rye Whiskey,
Peach-Infused Copper City Bourbon,
Giffard Orgeat, Cane Simple, Fresh Lemon
Served Up and Garnished with Lemon
And then for those of you in Texas or Nevada, you must try and let me know!
Forget Yo Honey
Black Tea Infused Deep Eddy Vodka, Honey Syrup,
Texas Mint, Fresh Lemon, Amaretto, Apple Cider Vinegar
Served Tall with Grilled Lemon and Texas Mint
Off The Wagon
Chamomile-infused Smoke Wagon Bourbon,
House White Peach Puree, Fresh Lemon,
White Balsamic Reduction, Club Soda
Garnished with Dried Peach Slices and Loose Leaf Chamomile
Cheers! Which is your favorite?? Don’t forget to post on Instagram for your chance to win a Fox Restaurant Concepts gift card by using #CDObarwars
My pick? It was hard but it was Tempe’s Daisy Duke. I’m a whiskey girl so I knew it would be between Scottsdale and Tempe. Sorry, 7th Street. Though I’m not a gin cocktail drinker, the Mellow on Montebello was quite tasty.
To find a Culinary Dropout near you, visit their website. And Tucson, they’re coming your way real soon!
And don’t forget to order some Pretzel Bites. Sooooo good!
Disclosure: I was hosted at Culinary Dropout to try the drinks so I could share the experience. All opinions are my own.