Contact: Robert Barrett
Tel: (760) 324-4511 ext. 212
Cell: (760) 668-9079
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., April 17, 2013 Under a blazing sun, five Rancho Mirage bartenders worked their jiggers off last Saturday at The River to capture the imaginations and pallets of judges Mayor Scott Hines, Palm Springs Life Magazine Editor-in-Chief Steven Biller and stage and screen star Kaye Ballard. After much muddling, shaking and tasting, Cameron Robeson of Pinzimini at The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, won the $500 grand prize for his Caliente Mirage Margarita. Tequila infused with hot pepper was the tipping point for the judges and they unanimous exclaimed “WOW” when they tasted Cameron’s cocktail.
The other finalists, who won $350 each, were Blake Nightingale of the Spaghetti Factory, Marriette Simoni, owner of Johnny Rockets in Rancho Mirage, Alfredo Gandara of the Agua Caliente Resort Spa and Ambrose Lopez, head bartender at bluEmber at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa.