|Eddie Acevedo, Maria Salas, Jason|
|Slicing up the cucumbers|
Bringing a bit of Waikiki to the mix was the Paradise Punch by Christine Maffei from Trump Golf Resort in Doral. (Left) Josh Gonzalez from Toscana Divino (Right) spiced up the night with an Asian flair and his Eastern Kick.
What's a BBQ without a great cocktail to accompany it was the inspiration behind LIV's mixologist, Erik Tirum's punch Sauced. (Left) Xain Coslow, also from Toscana Divino, gave us his rendition of an Italian concoction and named it Kasparek. (Right)
Cesar Romero from Cooper Avenue in Miami Beach figured he'd honor the change of seasons with The Goose Goes to the South. (Left) Rob Ferraro from The Dutch treated us to a spicy Escobar. Why the name? Why not? It's Miami. (Right)
Grey Goose Brand Master Jason Druckenmiller started off the Punch Wars and the contestants raced to The Pantry to get all of their ingredients.
|The talent was on fire!|
It was so tough to choose the winners. All the mixologists did a spectacular job creating original, great tasting punches, and showing off their cutting skills.
Jessica Eassa Burke from SAVEUR Magazine was the timekeeper and let the contestants know how much time they had left to prepare their drinks. The variety and creativity in taste, presentation, and use of ingredients was impressive.
The audience cheered the contestants as they sampled all the cocktails and delicious light bites were passed around.
|Getting ready to announce the winners|
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The First Place winner and the one who will go on to compete in the Final Showdown was Josh Gates from Fuku in West Palm Beach with Goosey Goosey Persuasion.
|First Place Winner: Josh Gates|
The Punch Wars will have one more stop in Los Angeles on October 8th before heading back to Miami on October 16th for the Final Showdown. All the first place winners from the participating cities will compete for the title of Punch Wars Master and for the Grand Prize: An all expense paid one week trip to the 2013 Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, as well as the opportunity for a position with SAVEUR magazine as a contributing Drink Editor. Don't miss out on the fun that will take place in the Perry Hotel Rooftop, located at 2377 Collins Avenue, on October 16th at 7:30 p.m. If you'd like to attend, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with all your information and the event date.