Mixologist Mathias Simonis returns home for a victory party tomorrow at Distil.
Mixologist Mathias Simonis returns home for a victory party tomorrow at Distil. (Photo: Linda Baehring)

Simonis wins $15,000 Vegas cocktail prize

Word emerged this morning that Milwaukee's Mathias Simonis -- who I wrote about a couple months ago -- has nabbed the $15,000 first-place prize at the Nightclub & Bar Show Convention's "Shake It Up! 2011: Creative Cocktail Challenge" in Las Vegas.

Simonis, who is a mixologist at Distil, 722 N. Milwaukee St., which I wrote about on Monday, edged out more than two dozen other contestants from around the country.

The contestants were chosen for the competition by a committee that rated them on their cocktail recipes.

"The winning drinks were the Aztec apricot sour off the Distil menu -- that's what Mathias submitted to get out there -- (and in the) final round of the top five was a 'mystery ingredient round'," says Distil spokeswoman Allie Schuelke. "The mystery ingredient was any flavor of the Lindeman's Lambic beers. Mathias did a play on a New York sour."

You can celebrate with Simonis tomorrow at 8 p.m. when Distil welcomes him home with a congratulatory party with live music and drink specials.

Simonis will reportedly also talk about the cocktails that earned him the victory.

Congratulations to Simonis and to Distil!

If you want to see a bit more about the event, check out the Web site.


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