Quinn Blackburn

Arvada tavern

THE CONTESTANT

Quinn Blackburn

Hometown:
Atlanta, Georgia

What is the name of your cocktail?
Tradewinds Treasure

What’s the inspiration behind this garnish?
My love for tiki—how silly and fun the whole category is.

What’s the inspiration behind this cocktail? 
How much fun a gaudy garnish is and the smile it can put on a guest’s face before they even taste the drink.

What cocktail trends do you see occurring in Denver?
Lots of fun ingredients being used and thinking outside the box on prepping and creating syrups and infusions to enhance riffs off classic cocktails.

Tradewinds Treasure

Recipe:
In a shaker with ice, combine:

• 3oz Ron Zacapa 23
• 3/4 ounces Banana Liqueur
• 1/2 ounce Trader Vic Macadamia Liqueur
• 1/2 ounce Cinnamon Syrup
• 1/2 ounce Heavy Cream

Shake and pour into a glass. Garnish with a cinnamon-sugar covered banana and a candied banana peel palm tree coated with edible 24 karat gold leaf, flaméed sugar, and dusted with cinnamon for a traditional tiki ember effect.

THE GARNISH