On what may have been the most gorgeous Tuesday night ever, I headed down to the Ferry Building for Chow's Cocktail Square Off. In an attempt to promote and encourage the growing art of mixology, Chow partnered with organic vodka producers Square One to host a cocktail contest.

With contestants from all over the states, the top two — professional mixologist Ronaldo Colli and amateur mixer and shaker Abigail Gullo — met in a Iron Chef style battle. Both had to create signature cocktails that were judged by a panel of local figures, including Chow's editor in chief, Jane Goldman.

In the end Ronaldo's drinks won the contest and the people's choice award. His winning drink, the Rose Mary, was a refreshing mix of vodka, watermelon, and lime juice that was perfectly sweetened and super easy to drink. To take a look at the recipe and a gallery of images from the event, read more

Rose Mary
From Ronaldo Colli

1/2 branch of rosemary (organic)
4 chunks of watermelon (organic)
1/2 ounce lime juice, fresh squeezed (organic)
3/4 ounce 43 liqueur
1 1/2 ounces Square One Organic Vodka
Splash of agave nectar, if necessary (organic)
3 lime wheels (garnish)
1 long branch of rosemary, leaves peeled off beginning approximately two fingers from the top (garnish)

  1. In a pint glass, muddle rosemary and watermelon, add lime juice, 43 liqueur, Square One Organic Vodka, and ice.
  2. Shake and add agave nectar, if necessary.
  3. Then double strain (fine strain) into a chilled collins glass filled with ice and lime wheels, and finish garnishing with rosemary branch inside of the cocktail.

Serves 1.

Please Note: While Ronaldo made his drink with all organic products feel free to use whatever you have on hand.

Substitution: Feel free to use a splash of simple syrup instead of agave nectar.