Ruth’s Chris Julio’s Passion crowned Cocktail of the Year 2016


Voters at the 2016 Taste of Pasadena at the Rose Bowl voted the Julio’s Passion from Ruth’s Chris Steak House the winner of the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge. Pasadena’s Cocktail of the Year won out over a/k/a Bistro’s Spiced Mango Mule, Clearman’s Galley’s Wild Berry Sangria and the Rye.P.A. from White Horse Lounge. Ruth’s Chris, which won the inaugural SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge in 2012 with the Broad Street Hurricane is the first SIP-tember repeat winner. Julio’s Passion is made from Pom Wonderful, lime juice, sour mix, Don Julio Silver and Passionfruit Syrup, garnished with a Lime Twist.

The other competition drinks were:

  • a/k/a Bistro Spiced Mango Mule: Made with Trader Vic’s dark and light rums, a/k/a’s unique mango shrub created by our head bartender and featuring Bundaberg ginger beer;
  • Clearman’s Galley (The Boat) Wild Berry Sangria: Malbec wine, Black Wild Berry Pucker, OJ, Pineapple, Simple syrup
  • White Horse Lounge Rye-P-A: IPA Foam, Rye Whiskey, Grapefruit Juice, Cardamom Infused Honey

The SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge is a friendly competition among local bartenders to determine Pasadena’s Cocktail of the Year. 32 drinks were entered in a head-to-head bracket competition. Over three rounds, online voters narrowed the field to the four finalist cocktails. Restaurants that took part in the competition were: a/k/a Bistro, Alondra Hot Wings, bar 1886 at the Raymond, Bistro 45, Clearman’s Galley, Perry’s bluRoom at the Constance Hotel, PitFire Pizza, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and White Horse Lounge.