Big congrats go out to Peter Vestinos, Sepia’s bartender extraordinaire who just won the “Chicago Iron Bartender Competition,” hosted by the US Bartenders Guild, Sante magazine and Absolut spirits. He beat out some tough competition (from mixologists from Martini Park, MK, Nacional 27, Otom) with this winning recipe that you can recreate at home:
The Ramble on Cocktail
1 oz puree of blackberries, blueberries, strawberries sweetened with 1/2 oz agave nectar
2 oz Plymouth Gin
1/2 oz Campari
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
Shake and strain into rocks glass, garnish with mixed fresh berries.
The seasonal cocktail is not available at Sepia (123 N Jefferson St., 312-441-1920) right now, but Peter assures us that it'll return real soon. In the meantime, he'll be happy to make your a specialty cocktail from the restaurant's extensive list.