Aspiring bartenders give mixology their best shot for KEEN at L2 Lounge

Photo by Katie Manning
From Left: Grant Allen, Erin Dwyer, F.N.O. Fashionista, Katelyn Gimbel,  Andrea DePhillips Philippe Lanier
From Left: Grant Allen, Erin Dwyer, F.N.O. Fashionista, Katelyn Gimbel, Andrea DePhillips Philippe Lanier
Six amateur bartenders competed to concoct the best specialty beverage to raise money for Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) on Wednesday night at L2 Lounge.

KEEN, a nonprofit for kids and young adults with developmental physical disabilities, amps up self-esteem and confidence through exercise. Guests opened up their wallets to tip their favorite aspiring mixologist with all the cash going to KEEN.

The winning bartender depends on which drinker you ask, but the crowd at L2 toasted to the chance to mix up their Wednesday for a good cause.

The six competitors behind the bar were...

-Amanda Polk: The Amanda HugAndKiss (Vodka & Sugar-Free Redbull)
-Philippe Lanier: Philippe’s Phildo (Ron Zacapa, Mint, Sugar, Lime Juice, Champagne)
-Katherine Kennedy: The KK's Crush (Svedka Vodka & Cranberry Juice)
-Grant Allen: General Grant's Revenge (Maker’s Mark, Sweet Vermouth, Bitters & Absinthe)
-Leah Dyrud: The oLEAHder (Svedka Vodka, Fresh Lime Juice, Elderflower Essence & Fresh Flowers)
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Nelson Lewis: Nelson’s Savannah Dark and Stormy (Myers’ Rum & Ginger Beer)


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Nelson Lewis, a bartender in cognito (Photo by: Katie Manning) Nelson Lewis, a bartender in cognito

Nelson Lewis and Sheena Tahilramani (Photo by: Katie Manning) Nelson Lewis and Sheena Tahilramani

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mixing and mingling (Photo by: Katie Manning) mixing and mingling