Winning Recipes from Our Champions

Local bartenders in 15 cities are competing for a chance to win a spot in the finale of the 2016 Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic, the world's largest LGBTQ bartender competition. Here's how to make some of their winning cocktails.

Mark Murphy (NYC): The Cucumber Thyme Fizz

Fizzy and refreshing! Learn to make Mark Murphy's winning Stoli vodka cocktail, the Cucumber Thyme Fizz.

  • 1 oz Cucumber Juice
  • 3/4 oz Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 oz Thyme Simple Syrup
  • 2 oz Stoli Vodka
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Ice
  • Sparkling Water

Combine the cucumber juice, lemon juice, thyme simple syrup, Stoli, fresh thyme and ice into a shaker. Shake well. Add ice into your serving cup and strain the shaken cocktail into the cup about 3/4 of the way full. Top off the the cocktail with sparkling water and enjoy!

Rocky Collins (Dallas): The Key West Kitty Kat

sweet treat for a warm day! Learn to make Rocky Collins' winning Stoli vodka cocktail, the Key West Kitty Kat.

  • 2 oz Stoli Vanil
  • Dab of Cream Coconut
  • 1.5 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 0.5 oz Key Lime Juice
  • 2 Count Simple Syrup
  • Splash of Grenadine
  • Cinnamon
  • Edible Flowers
  • Pineapple Slice
  • Ice
Shake the Stoli Vanil, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, key lime juice, simple syrup and ice together in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a martini glass. Add a splash of grenadine and top it off with cinnamon. Garnish with an edible flower and a pineapple slice. Enjoy!

Matthew Mello (2015 Stoli Key West North American Champion): The Forbidden Fruit

Time for a splash of summer! Learn to make Matthew Mello's winning Stoli vodka cocktail, the Cucumber Thyme Fizz.

  • 2 oz Stoli Gala Applik
  • 1.5 oz Ginger Liqueur
  • 1 oz Lavender Rose Water
  • Lemon
  • Banana
  • Cherry
  • Dry Ice
  • Ice
Pour the Stoli, ginger liqueur, lavender rose water, lemon and ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Pour into a martini glass. Slice the banana in half and use the end with the stem and the cherry to create a dolphin garnish. Drop in a small cube of dry ice and enjoy!