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Happy Hour: Fall Fizz

Recently I attended a female-only cocktail competition hosted by Nirvino. While I've been to many cocktail competitions, I always look forward to Nirvino's monthly contest because the crowd gets to taste each cocktail and ultimately decides the winning drink. Nirvino is an exciting social networking community where drinking is the common denominator. You can rate drinks, bars, bartenders, wine, beer, and different kinds of liquor.

Its a fun concept that makes for an interesting event. After tasting each cocktail everyone gets on their iPhones or Blackberrys to rate the drink. This competition featured Square One Cucumber vodka and the winning bartender was Brooke Arthur from Range restaurant in San Francisco.

Her Fall Fizz delightfully combined the fresh flavors of cucumber, apple, and pear. Lemon juice adds an acidic balance and a dusting of cinnamon gives this drink a holiday feel. Like the gin fizz, it includes egg whites. I can't promise you won't get salmonella, but your drink will be deliciously frothy! To check out Brooke's recipe and a video of her mixing at the competition,


Fall Fizz

Fall Fizz

Fall Fizz


  1. 1 1/2 ounces cucumber vodka (recommended: Square One)
  2. 1/4 ounce apple brandy (recommended: Coeur de Lyon Calvados)
  3. 1/4 ounce pear liqueur (recommended: Poires Pear Liqueur)
  4. 1/2 ounce egg whites
  5. 1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
  6. grated cinnamon, for garnish


  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake without ice for 30 seconds to emulsify the egg whites.
  3. Add ice to the shaker and shake for another 30-45 seconds.
  4. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish by grating cinnamon over the top of the cocktail.

Makes 1 cocktail.

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melinirvino melinirvino 8 years
This is Meli with Nirvino. :) Our last mixology competition was held at Elixir which is a fantastic bar in The Mission District in SF. We had a great time and H, who is the proprietor of Elixir as well as the Square One Ambassador, did an amazing job making sure our event was a success. Head over to Elixir if you're in the area to try one of H's many Square One inspired cocktails. If you'd like to attend one of our upcoming monthly mixology events, sign up for a free account at Cheers!
nancita nancita 8 years
This drink sounds like a delicious twist on a fizz. Cucumber vodka is so nice and cool, but I bet the apple and pear make it nicely autumnal. That photo is making me thirsty.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
That sounds like a really fun competition to attend and this drink sounds yummy.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i wonder if there's a way to bring something like this to NYC since i don't know of anything similar that i can attend. i'm all for networking events and this one seems like it would be even more fun since there is drinking and voting involved. i like the idea that it's not a bunch of judges that are voting the winner but that everyone who's there can
Angelica Angelica 8 years
Sounds like a neat competition! I actually had a Ramos Gin Fizz this past weekend and was terribly disappointed later when I realized it had egg whites. I know they shouldn't but egg whites ruin it for me.
LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 8 years
quitecontrary quitecontrary 8 years
As a proud ex-tender, I give you full points for willingness. If you truly want to show your friends a good time, discover a good, talented and willing bartender and unleash their genius on a Friday eve. Oftentimes, they can match your tastes to a trend, and create a signature cocktail. Just trust them, they might invent the new "light, yet flirty tasty in-between dance" sips! My failsafe was always vanilla vodka with kahlua and coke. Never gets ya too drunkie, but next Sat morn, everybody's thinking about a night like that! Cheers!
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
that sounds delish
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