Austin Mixologist Wins "Most Imaginative Bartender" Competition

Justin Lavenue of the Roosevelt Room | Julian Bajsel

Justin Lavenue of the Roosevelt Room | Julian Bajsel

Bombay Sapphire's 9th annual Most Imaginative Bartender award went to Austin's own Justin Lavenue of the Roosevelt Room. The contest featured a number of top bartenders competing to win a trip to Las Vegas in order to compete in a national bartending competition as well as win a feature in GQ Magazine.

Lavenue's winning cocktail was inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's The Starry Night, reflected in a cocktail named "L'Etoile de la Nuit." The cocktail featured a house made vermouth, absinthe, blueberry juice, charcoal powder, and foie gras washed elderflower liqeur, garnished with a tarragon infused olive oil. Will Lavenue be the first Texan to win the national competition? Read more