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Highball

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

 

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

  • Highball 2018 brought together the most talented bartenders from around the metropolitan area to demonstrate their boozy creations and compete drink for drink. Our winner claimed cash prizes and bragging rights as one of Atlanta’s top mixologists.

    Thank you to all who joined us to enjoy our talented participants’ craft cocktails as well as the rest of this exceptional evening.

    Stay tuned for the next Highball!

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

     


    Sponsors

    Atlanta Beverage Company logo

    The Atlantan logo

  • Meet the 2018 Participants

    Damian Clark

    Photo of Highball participant, bartender Damian Clark.

    Establishment
    The Establishment
    Liquor
    Tequila

    James Cramer

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender James Cramer.

    Establishment
    Biltong Bar
    Liquor
    Gin

     

    Vincent Dugan

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Vincent Dugan.

    Establishment
    Seven Lamps
    Liquor
    Gin

    Cody Gay

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Cody Gay.

    Establishment
    Poor Calvin’s
    Liquor
    Gin

     

    Ariana Ghanem

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Ariana Ghanem.

    Establishment
    Gypsy Kitchen
    Liquor
    Bourbon

    Ivan Goitia

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Ivan Goitia.

    Establishment
    Himitsu
    Liquor
    Tequila

     

    Randy Hayden

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Randy Hayden.

    Establishment
    Nine Mile Station
    Liquor
    Gin

    Cole Just

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Cole Just.

    Establishment
    Just Walk Consulting
    Liquor
    Bourbon

     

    Ramsey Kashlan

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Ramsey Kashlan.

    Establishment
    Chicken + Beer
    Liquor
    Tequila

    Antonio Mobley

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Antonio Mobley.

    Establishment
    Brezza Cucina + Pizzeria
    Liquor
    Gin

     

    Carmaleita Lyght

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Carmaleita Lyght.

    Establishment
    Lyght House Cocktails
    Liquor
    Bourbon

    Mitchell Oliver

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Mitchell Oliver.

    Establishment
    King of Pops Bar
    Liquor
    Bourbon

     

    Matt Scott

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Matt Scott.

    Establishment
    The Optimist
    Liquor
    Bourbon

    Jessica Smith

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Jessica Smith.

    Establishment
    Urban Tree Cidery
    Liquor
    Gin

     

    Kelsea Tremayne

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Kelsea Tremayne.

    Establishment
    Wrecking Bar Brewpub
    Liquor
    Bourbon

    James Wampler

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender James Wampler.

    Establishment
    Proof & Provision
    Liquor
    Bourbon

    Photos by Alphonso Whitfield.


    SPONSORS

    Atlanta Beverage Company logo

    The Atlantan logo

  • Our 2018 Highball winners were selected by guests’ and critics’ votes. Special thanks to Ben Yabrow, the Highball 2017 Critic’s Choice Winner, and to Paul Calvert and Greg Best, partners at the Ticonderoga Club, for joining us this year as Highball 2018 critics.

    Photo of three winning mixologists accepting awards at Highball 2018.

     


    Luxury Mixologist: Randy Hayden

     

    Photo of Highball participant, Randy Hayden.

    Establishment: Nine Mile Station

    Cocktail: The Garden Gimlet
    The Garden Gimlet showcases classical bartending and fresh ingredients in a fusion of culinary and cocktail arts.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 ounces Xoriguer Mahon gin
    • 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
    • 1 ounce simple syrup
    • 4 greenhouse cherry tomatoes (plus one for garnish)
    • 6 pieces chopped celery
    • 1 rosemary sprig
    • 6 basil leaves
    • 1 barspoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 large pinch kosher salt
    • 1 large pinch ground black pepper

    In a small Boston shaker, combine tomatoes, salt, pepper, olive oil, and celery. Muddle for 5-7 seconds. Add basil, rosemary, gin, lime juice, and simple syrup. Fill with ice and shake vigorously. Double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with half a cherry tomato, a few drops of olive oil, and a sprinkle of ground black pepper.

     


    Top-shelf Mixologist: Jessica Smith

     

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Jessica Smith.

    Establishment: Urban Tree Cidery

    Cocktail: [pronounce mil-LAH-zjay]
    This cocktail is inspired by Marvel’s Black Panther. Dora Milaje is the name of Black Panther’s all-female bodyguard detail, and this cocktail is the very definition of “sugar and spice”!

    Ingredients:

    • 1 ½ ounces Xoriguer Mahon gin
    • ½ ounce rhubarb rich simple syrup
    • ¼ ounce ginger shrub
    • ¼ ounce grapefruit juice
    • 20 drops rosemary bitters
    • Rosemary sprig (garnish)
    • Grapefruit peel (garnish)

    Add 20 drops of rosemary bitters to an empty cocktail glass and wash the inside of the glass with bitters. In a cocktail shaker, add ice and the remaining ingredients; shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Add ice to the cocktail glass and strain the shaker over it. Garnish with rosemary and grapefruit.

     


    Classic Mixologist: Vincent Dugan

     

    Photo of Highball participant - bartender Vincent Dugan.

    Establishment: Seven Lamps

    Cocktail: The Irrational
    This cocktail inspired by a scallop dish from the Jean-Georges restaurant in New York delicately balances sweet, spicy, refreshing, and herbal flavors. The rich, buttery taste of scallops cedes to the briny saltiness of capers. Before the brine can become overpowering, a finish of sweet raisins settles in.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 ½ ounces Hugh Wesley’s gin
    • 1 ounce ruby-red grapefruit juice
    • ½ ounce lime juice
    • ½ ounce simple syrup
    • ½ ounce spicy syrup
    • 5 mint leaves (use one leaf to garnish)
    • 1 medium rosemary sprig (garnish)

    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