About Magazine Signature Drink Competition

For Heather Lutz, About magazine’s 2011 Signature Drink Contest winner, the Sweetart Martini was a drink born out of necessity.

‘Sweetart’ picked as winner

For Heather Lutz, About magazine’s 2011 Signature Drink Contest winner, the Sweetart Martini was a drink born out of necessity.

“It’s not a glamorous story,” she says with a laugh, “but it’s humorous.”

She explained that she and her girlfriends were enjoying cocktails in their vacation condo on Topsail Island in Surf City, N.C., in 2006. By the time the women realized that all they had left on the counter was Absolut Mandarin Vodka, Chambord raspberry liqueur, and a variety of mixers, let’s just say it was too late to drive anywhere for reinforcements.

“I said, ‘Wait a minute. I’m a bartender. I can come up with something,’” said Lutz, who recalls mixing the vodka and liqueur and finding it “horribly sweet.”

She added sour mix, but it wasn’t quite right. The cranberry juice got her closer, and the Sprite gave it just the aeration it needed.

“And that’s how the Sweetart Martini works,” said Lutz, whose friend Linda sealed the name when she said, “It tastes like a red Sweetart!”

A former bartender at the Atwood Yacht Club, Lutz said her martini became her go-to drink when women wanted to try something new and sweet. Lutz now works in Stark County for Incept Corp.

THE WINNER

HEATHER’S SWEETART MARTINI
SUBMITTED BY: HEATHER LUTZ

ON HER DRINK: “I was a bartender for several years and on vacation at Topsail Island, N.C. My friends and I had some Absolut Mandarin and Chambord and the rest is history.

INGREDIENTS:
1.5 oz Absolut Mandarin
.5 oz Chambord raspberry liqueur
1 oz cranberry juice
1.5 oz sour mix
Splash of Sprite

DIRECTIONS:
Mix all ingredients in shaker, strain into martini glass rimmed with sugar. Garnish with an orange slice.

RUNNERS UP

APPLE DREAM
SUBMITTED BY: JILL KENDRICK, BARTENDER, BROOKSIDE COUNTRY CLUB

ON HER DRINK: “I love playing around with different flavors and just being creative. I like being able to give the members and their guests at BCC new choices and variations of the favorite classics. My inspiration was a dessert special of an Apple Cheesecake and I wanted to be able to do a play off that, with my own little twist.”

INGREDIENTS:
.5 oz Vanilla Vodka
.5 oz Creme de Banana
1 oz.Apfelkorn (Apple Schnapps)
.5 oz Amaretto
.5 oz Half and Half

DIRECTIONS:
Combine all ingredients into a shaker full of ice. Shake well and pour into martini glass. Garnish with a pinch of cinnamon and an apple slice.

IT’S GRAPE

SUBMITTED BY: MARY LYNNE BLEVINS, OPTOMETRIST, BLEVINS AND BLEVINS INC.

ON HER DRINK: “I love the martini at Picciano’s with St. Germain, so I fiddled with the recipe.”

INGREDIENTS:
2 oz Grey Goose
1 oz St. Germain
4 oz Welch’s concord grape juice
White and red grapes on a skewer as a garnish

DIRECTIONS:
Mix all ingrediedients in a shaker of ice. Shake 20 times, strain into a martini glass and garnish with grapes.

DOWN THE LINE

SUBMITTED BY: STACY HOOVER, BAR MANAGER, LOBYS BAR AND GRILLE

ON HER DRINK: “It just started out with me playing around with some new flavors at the time, and all the bottles I use are next to each other, so as I make it, I literally just go ‘down the line.’ ”

INGREDIENTS:
.5 oz. Captain Lime bite
.5 oz. Bacardi Dragon Berry
.5 oz. Stoli Blueberry
.5 oz. Sky Pineapple
Spash sour mix
Splash cranberry

DIRECTIONS:
Add all liquor into a shaker, then add a splash of sour mix and cranberry (more sour than cranberry). Mix it one time and pour.

LIP LICKER

SUBMITTED BY: MELISSA VENDITTI, DRINK ARTIST, MAIN STREET GRILLE

ON HER DRINK: “I wanted to incorporate a new drink using the whipped cream vodka people seemed to like so much as of late. I found it worked well, while experimenting, with the raspberry and pineapple flavors, and then looking for the balance, I found to my surprise, it in whiskey. It’s called ‘Lip Licker’ because EVERYONE licks their lips after sipping, yum!”

INGREDIENTS:
2.5 oz Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka
11⁄4 oz Crown Royal
.5 oz Chambord
Generous splash of fresh pineapple juice
2 raspberries
1 small slice pineapple, fresh

DIRECTIONS:
With ice in the shaker container, add liquids. Shake “like your mom isn’t looking,” until it becomes frothy deliciousness. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Spear raspberries and slice of pineapple onto bamboo spear and bridge across the lip of the glass. Relax, enjoy!

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass