Lavergne's Tavern went up against other local favorites The James Joyce Irish Pub, Godson's Bar & Lounge, Olive or Twist Martini Bar and P Lounge. The final competition brought together a group of local judges for a blind taste-test event hosted by The Outtaspace to compare each specialty cocktail side-by-side based on taste, presentation and experience.
The panel enjoyed all of the drinks, making the decision a difficult one. Of the winner, they described the drink as "refreshing" and possessing "beautiful texture and color." Judges included Nicole Campbell of the City of Berwyn, Javier Govea of the Wednesday Journal, BDC Board President Jousef Mondragon, Sarah Hunter of MacNeal Hospital, Denise Baker of Byline Bank and Aaron Mitchell of The Outtaspace. Their scores along with a public poll determined the contest winner.
Jerry Hernandez reacted to the award, "I am honored to have our 'Cucumber Mojito' voted Berwyn's Best Cocktail. The goal for Lavergne's cocktail program was to keep it simple — create traditional cocktails familiar with most and put our twist on it. Our 'Depot Margarita' is what we feel a true margarita should taste like. The 'Salty Watermelon' is a twist on a classic daiquiri. Our 'Old Fashioned' is near perfect with rye whisky, demerara sugar, two kinds of bitters and essential oils. We've been hard at work behind the bar and cannot wait to share our newest fall cocktails with you. Expect to see some new additions to our list in the coming weeks that will include pumpkin syrups, coffee rum, amaro, tropical cinnamon, black cherries and banana. Cheers!"
"Berwyn's Best" is a promotional program managed by the BDC. Look for additional Berwyn's Best programing to sample all of the great and diverse cuisine in our community. For more information, visit whyberwyn.com/shop-berwyn/berwyns-best-contest.
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