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The perfect mixture is a “St. Valentine”

 by Manuel Calderon de la Barca

As if we didn’t know that Velas Vallarta has the best bartenders! Velas Vallarta bartender Hector Alfonso Barajas Cortés took the regional first prize at the Torneo Bartender Karat Mexico 2011, or Karat Bartenders Mexico Tournament 2011. The tournament took place at the Hard Rock Café on June 15th, where Hector’s original beverage the “St. Valentine” won him the competition and a prize of 10 thousand pesos along with an all-expense-paid trip to the National Bartenders Tournament in Cancun on June 30th. Here, Hector shares his winning cocktail recipe.


First layer:


1 cup of ice

1 oz. Karat Vodka

1 oz. beet juice

1 oz. juice of red fruits

1 oz. simple syrup



Place the ice in a cocktail shaker and add the rest of the ingredients. Shake vigorously and pour into a martini glass.


2nd Layer:


1 sprig of basil

1 oz. white cacao

1 oz. Carnation milk

½ oz. sugar


Blend all ingredients and add to the Martini glass. Garnish with a slice of beet in the shape of a heart and a leaf of mint.

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