James Hartmann from Ian’s Tropical Grill wins Week 4 #BarBrawls

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bar brawls

  • Contenders: Rob Cox, 13 American Table / James Hartmann, Ian’s Tropical Grill /Kareem Lakchira, The Rusty Hook Tavern
  • Judges: Stephanie Miskew, certified sommelier and face behind The Glamorous Gourmet and the Wine Atelier / Koby Cohen, Gelato Petrini in Delray Beach / Josh Gates, mixologist and managing partner of Lake Worth’s Tiki-Ono
  • Mystery Spirit: Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
  • Mystery Ingredients: Tempus Fugit Fernet del Frate Angelico (an Italian amaro) and Gelato Petrini’s dulce de leche gelato

In Round 1, the classic cocktail at hand was something I had never heard of, but each of the bartenders knew as soon as they heard the name — The Boulevardier. Good thing my bartender friend Justin Himmelbaum,who will compete next week, was there to explain it to me… Basically, a Negroni that uses bourbon instead of gin. The judges chose the top two based on one simple, almost obvious, bartending rule — measuring. James and Rob were movin’ on up to Round 2!

There was an Italian theme going on for the remaining two mystery ingredients — an Italian amaro and creamy, dreamy, delicious gelato! Read the full recap here.

And the win goes to… James Hartmann, who traveled all the way from Ian’s Tropical Grill in Stuart to be with us for the brawl!

Photo Credit: Kelly Coulson

Winning Cocktails

Photo Credit: Kelly Coulson

Dulce de leche gelato
Fernet floater


Photo Credit: Kelly Coulson

Demarara simple syrup
Dulce de leche gelato


Next week, October 28th, will be a great battle between Justin Himmelbaum from Mucho Gusto, Kelly Lozina from 3rd & 3rd, and Taffy Spiller from Farmer’s Table. Who will take home the win?!



Hello! I’m Shaina – a Delray Beach, Florida resident, foodie, and lifestyle blogger. I love exploring South Florida and beyond, and sharing everything from my favorite restaurants, products and more with you! See more by following along on Instagram:  @takeabiteoutofboca

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