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Ft. Greene's Favorite Restaurants Face Off in Cocktail Creation Competition

By Janet Upadhye | April 1, 2013 7:52am

FORT GREENE — Let the libations begin.

The DeKalb Classic, a month-long search to find Fort Greene's favorite bartender, is the neighborhood's way of ringing in spring with drink in hand.

“DeKalb Ave. is a destination in Fort Greene with sidewalk cafes, a bustle with people enjoying the variety of cuisine to offer on this veritable strip in Brooklyn," said event organizer Ruen Ellis. "There is no better way to celebrate spring than by putting on display the best the avenue has to offer.”

Locals will have the chance to sample a signature cocktail at Dino, Cornerstone, Chez Oskar, Madiba Restaurant and Roman’s during April and vote on their favorite. Two finalists will compete at the finale at Chez Oskar on April 30.

The winner will be crowned "DeKalb's Best Bartender and Cocktail 2013."

Cal Dickenson, bartender at Dino, created "The Dolce Vita," a cocktail made with Greenhook gin, blood orange puree, Campari, Meyer lemons, mint and Prosecco.

Another contender, Cornerstone's "St. Rue," created by bartender Chris Rue, is made with St. Germain, Greenhook gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, Sauvignon Blanc and mint. Creations by Stephanie Anderson at Madiba Restaurant, Joel Garcia at Chez Oskar and the bartender at Roman’s are yet to be revealed.

Tickets for the event cost $50 and include a cocktail from each of the five competing restaurants starting on April 1. A quarter of tickets sales will benefit Pratt Area Community Council.

To buy tickets click here.