CultureMap Houston: Hot-Shot Mixologist Limdsay Heffron In the Running for World's Most Inspired Bartender

From CultureMap Houston:

Lindsay Heffron of Liberty Station is packing her bags and heading to Las Vegas. It’s not all poolside and casinos, though. Sunday, Heffron will represent Houston against 51 other top mixologists from across the U.S. in Bombay Sapphire gin’s search for the "Most Inspired Bartender."

Heffron earned her spot in the national competition by winning Bombay Sapphire's local contest held last month at Nouveau Antique Art Bar. The United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) invited 20 of Houston’s most promising bartenders to create cocktails incorporating the brand-name gin.

Heffron built her recipe around saffron tincture, a concentrated alcoholic extract used to draw flavor from the spice. While the finished beverage is similar to a Martinez Cocktail, Heffron's spice-inspired drink stands apart with its savory mix of saffron, gin, sweet vermouth, and apricot flavors. Heffron notes that she took care to “enhance rather than mask the Bombay Sapphire by keeping the recipe boozy.” You won't find any juices or syrups here. This beverage is made with all alcohol.

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