Don Q Rum hosted a party and competition at Esquire House in the Hollywood Hills last week. Alex Straus of Hemingway's and Eric Tecosky of Jones beat out a field that also included Allan Katz (above) of Cana Rum Bar, Danielle Crouch of the Tar Pit, and Lane from Cafe Habana Malibu. The setting was high above the city in the dramatic Esquire House, which boasted the best view of Los Angeles's city lights I have ever seen.
Tecosky (above) won for his "Root for Me" Root Beer cocktail described as an adult root beer float made with Blackbeard Spiced Rum and a creamy surprise. His drinks were the most visually arresting of the evening. Straus (below) won for his Berlin, a sparkling cocktail with Velvet Falernum, Don Q Cristal, champagne, sugar, orange and lemon juices.
The winning drinks were selected by audience votes. Guests mingled as they sampled the drinks and wandered through the mansion staged as the ultimate bachelor pad. The home is for sale for $18.9 million, so if the pictures inspire you, you can have this view all to yourself, if the price is right. Features included a media room with couches on a rotating panel so you could face the screens on any wall.
|Danielle Crouch mixing cocktails|
|Eric Tecosky's Fruit Cocktail|