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Highball

One Night
Atlanta’s Top Mixologists
More Than 500 Cocktail Connoisseurs

 

16 bartenders. 1 top-shelf cause. Clink, drink, win!

  • Saturday, February 10, 2018
    6:30–10:00 p.m.
    VIP Benefactor access, 6:00–6:30 p.m.
    Margaretta Taylor Lobby, Wieland Pavilion, High Museum of Art
    1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

    Join us for the High Museum’s second mixology competition! We’re bringing together the most distinguished bartenders from around the metropolitan area for a chance to demonstrate their boozy creations and compete drink for drink. Winner claims bragging rights as one of Atlanta’s top mixologists.

    Sample craft cocktails from selected bartenders, nibble on light bites, enjoy music and activities, and vote to name one mixologist the most sensational of them all. Wear your most festive Mardi Gras attire and join us for a night to remember!

    All proceeds from the Highball event benefit the High Museum of Art.

    Contact:
    Ariel Calliste
    Program Coordinator
    404-733-4784
    ariel.calliste@high.org


    Sponsors

    Atlanta Beverage Company logo

    The Atlantan logo

  • Meet the 2018 Participants

     

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Damian Clark

    Damian Clark

    House iconThe Establishment

    Bottle IconTequila

     

     

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender James Cramer

    James Cramer

    House iconBiltong Bar

    Bottle IconGin

     

     

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Vincent Dugan

    Vincent Dugan

    House iconSeven Lamps

    Bottle IconGin

     

     

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Cody Gay

    Cody Gay

    House iconPoor Calvin’s

    Bottle IconGin

     

     

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Ariana Ghanem

    Ariana Ghanem

    House iconGypsy Kitchen

    Bottle IconBourbon

     

     

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Ivan Goitia

    Ivan Goitia

    House iconHimitsu

    Bottle IconTequila

     

     

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Randy Hayden

    Randy Hayden

    House iconNine Mile Station

    Bottle IconGin

     

     

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Cole Just

    Cole Just

    House iconJust Walk Consulting

    Bottle IconBourbon

     

     

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Ramsey Kashlan

    Ramsey Kashlan

    House iconChicken + Beer

    Bottle IconTequila

     

     

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Carmaleita Lyght

    Carmaleita Lyght

    House iconLyght House Cocktails

    Bottle IconBourbon

     

     

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Antonio Mobley

    Antonio Mobley

    House iconBrezza Cucina + Pizzeria

    Bottle IconGin

     

     

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Mitchell Oliver

    Mitchell Oliver

    House iconKing of Pops Bar

    Bottle IconBourbon

     

     

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Matt Scott

    Matt Scott

    House iconThe Optimist

    Bottle IconBourbon

     

     

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Jessica Smith

    Jessica Smith

    House iconUrban Tree Cidery

    Bottle IconGin

     

     

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Kelsea Tremayne

    Kelsea Tremayne

    House iconWrecking Bar Brewpub

    Bottle IconBourbon

     

     

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender James Wampler

    James Wampler

    House iconProof & Provision

    Bottle IconBourbon

     

     


    Sponsors

    Atlanta Beverage Company logo

    The Atlantan logo

  • Our 2017 Highball winner was selected by critic Brad Kaplan, founder of ThirstySouth.com and a contributing food writer for Creative Loafing. Guests had the opportunity to select their favorite drink and determine the People’s Choice winner and People’s Choice Runner-Up.


    Critic’s Choice: Ben Yabrow

    Ben Yabrow headshot
    Photo credit: Annie Gannon Kaufman

    Establishment: Himitsu

    Ben Yabrow was born and raised in Marietta. At age fifteen, he began studying hospitality at Atkins Park Tavern in Smyrna. He is now the Beverage Director at Himitsu, a cocktail lounge in Buckhead. Ben spent last summer working for world-renowned mixologist Tony Conigliaro in London.

    Desert Rain

    This interpretation of desert rain quenches thirst with ingredients found in some of the Earth’s driest places. Sandstone and ozone are aromatic components.

    Ingredients:

    • Bellion vodka
    • Clarified prickly pear juice
    • Aloe liqueur
    • Cactus water
    • Sage honey
    • Sandstone aromatic
    • Liquid ozone

    Combine all ingredients with ice in a mixing tin and stir. Pour into a Nick and Nora glass and enjoy.


    People’s Choice: Blake Carter

    Blake Carter headshot
    Photo credit: Annie Gannon Kaufman

    Establishment: Sweet Auburn Barbecue

    Blake Carter was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and moved to Atlanta twelve years ago. His love for bartending has grown tremendously over the past two years. Blake is the Beverage Director at Sweet Auburn Barbecue.

    Comfortably Numb

    The distinctive features of each spirit stand out in this crisp, refreshing concoction.

    Ingredients:

    • Bellion vodka
    • Bonal Gentiane Quina
    • Pamplemousse liqueur
    • Lemon juice
    • Basil simple syrup

    Shake all ingredients and strain into a rocks glass over a king cube. Garnish with a fresh basil leaf.


    People’s Choice Runner-Up: Jose Pereiro

    Jose Pereiro headshot
    Photo credit: Annie Gannon Kaufman

    Establishment: Drift Fish House and Oyster Bar

    Jose Pereiro began working as a bartender in his native Venezuela at the age of seventeen. He moved to Atlanta two years later and began working at Rosa Mexicano, where he later became head bartender. Jose joined the United States Bartenders Guild and continued honing his craft at Seed Kitchen and Bar. He has won first place for his cocktails in the Remy V, Fernet-Branca, and Ketel One Master of the Mule cocktail competitions. Jose is the bar manager at Drift Fish House and Oyster Bar.

    Casa Florida

    This refreshing citrus cocktail transports you to Casa Florida, Miami. The base spirit is vodka, Florida’s top-selling spirit.

    Ingredients:

    • Bellion vodka
    • Lemon juice
    • Almond orgeat
    • Spiced-Pineapple Reduction (pineapple, vanilla sticks, star anise, allspice berries, nutmeg, and cloves)
    • Hibiscus Grenadine (pomegranate juice and dried hibiscus petals)
    • Orange and lemon zests

    In a cocktail shaker, combine first five ingredients with ice and shake well. Pour into a rocks glass topped with crushed ice. Garnish with three pineapple leaves and citrus zests.

  • Becoming a Sponsor ensures two invitations to the exclusive Highball Kick-off party, where you will have the opportunity to meet and greet sixteen of the best bartenders in Atlanta along with other VIPs.

    $25,000 Presenting Sponsor

    $10,000 Premium Sponsor

    $5,000 House Sponsor (multiple available)

    • Six (6) invitations to attend Highball
    • Logo recognition in all publicity and promotional materials as House Sponsor
    • Mention in e-communications leading up to Highball
    • Exposure to an audience of over 600 contemporary, young professionals
    • Invitations for two (2) to the exclusive Kick-off party with bartenders and other VIPs

    $2,500 Top Shelf Benefactor (multiple available)

    • Four (4) invitations to attend Highball
    • Logo recognition in event programs and promotional materials such as e-vites and flyers
    • Mention in two (2) e-communications leading up to Highball
    • Exposure to an audience of over 600 contemporary, young professionals
    • Invitations for two (2) to the exclusive Kick-off party with bartenders and other VIPs

    $1,500 First Round Benefactor (multiple available)

    • Two (2) invitations to attend Highball
    • Listing recognition in event programs and promotional materials such as e-vites
    • Mention in one (1) e-communication leading up to Highball
    • Exposure to an audience of over 600 contemporary, young professionals
    • Invitations for two (2) to the exclusive Kick-off party with bartenders and other VIPs

    $500 Mixer Benefactor (multiple available)

    • Two (2) invitations to attend Highball
    • Listing recognition in event programs
    • Exposure to an audience of over 600 contemporary, young professionals
    • Invitations for two (2) to the exclusive Kick-off party with bartenders and other VIPs

    Contact:
    Become a Sponsor – Ariel Calliste, Program Coordinator P: 404-733-4784 | E: ariel.calliste@high.org