Two Ocean Prime Bar Chefs Named “Most Imaginative Bartender” by Bombay Sapphire, GQ and United States Bartenders’ Guild

Atlanta and Indianapolis-based bar chefs advance to national finals in Las Vegas

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants is excited to announce that bar chefs Meghan French of Ocean Prime Indianapolis and Clay Livingston of Ocean Prime Atlanta were named their regions’ “Most Imaginative Bartender 2012” at competitions held Monday, August 20, and presented by Bombay Sapphire, GQ and the United States Bartenders’ Guild. French and Livingston will travel to the Wynn in Las Vegas for the final round of the nationwide contest in September when they will compete against other regions’ winning mixologists for the ultimate title of “America’s Most Imaginative Bartender 2012.”

“I created a well-balanced cocktail with fresh and unique ingredients highlighting ripe fruits and infused peppers,” said French. “I am honored to be representing Ocean Prime Indianapolis in the final round of the competition.”

French’s Minxie Melon cocktail fuses the ten botanicals of Bombay Sapphire, highlighting the lemon peel citrus notes with grapefruit and the grains of paradise and vegetal notes of coriander with the spice and heat of serrano peppers. A blend inspired by a flirtatious minx and the flavors of fresh fruit, the cocktail’s ingredients flirt with the palate and create a sweet and spicy flavor profile.

Livingston’s libation, Tahitian Sapphire, was a product of thorough research and many trials during the course of four years. Fusing a guest’s request and his bold personal style, Livingston’s cocktail features Bombay Sapphire, orgeat syrup, lime juice, orange liqueur and Peychaud’s bitters. Garnished with herbs, orange peel and grated cassia, the creation boasts notes of fresh mint and spice in each sip.

“I have worked to perfect this cocktail for many years,” said Livingston. “I look forward to the finals in Las Vegas and am grateful for the opportunity to showcase my work and represent Ocean Prime.”

The final competition will take place on Sunday, September 9, and Monday, September 10, at the Wynn Las Vegas. For more information, please click here.