That old Harry Nilsson song is about to get stuck in your head. (We're sorry.)
Based on attendees' votes, Infinity Hall & Bistro emerged victorious at Thursday's Faith Middleton Food Schmooze Martini Competition, earning the gold medal honor for its beachy "Lime in the Coconut" cocktail with Sugar Island coconut rum, fresh lime juice, coconut cream, pineapple juice and a splash of Midori.
Second place went to the Doubletree Bristol, for its tart-sweet Slim Shady, melding grapefruit-flavored Shady Vodka, St. Germain, white cranberry and lemon juices and grapefruit bitters and rimmed with dehydrated grapefruit zest and powdered sugar.
Max Burger took home the third-place prize for its "BRB," a Bulleit-bourbon based drink with muddled basil and raspberries and black walnut bitters.
Highland Brass Company of Waterbury earned "Best Craft Cocktail" for the Tom Pot Collins, a mix of Don Q gold rum, mint syrup, lime and Avery's watermelon soda. This drink was chosen by Anthony DeSerio, president of the United States Bartenders Guild's Connecticut chapter.
The fifth edition of the popular martini competition was a sold-out event at the Riverview in Simsbury, where two dozen restaurants and bars highlighted their best mixology efforts with creative infusions, fresh fruits, spices, herbs and a variety of spirits and liqueurs.
Recipes ranged from sweet and sassy (Maggie McFly's Barbie's Dream House, with raspberry-infused Tito's vodka, pomegranate liqueur, strawberry puree, sparkling wine and a Pop Rocks rim) to barbecue-inspired (Bear's Smokehouse's smoked blueberry moonshine with a bacon rim) and esoteric (Barley Vine's Forager's Tipple with rum steeped in a West Coast hop tincture with Chicago rosehip cordial and a yuzu-cucumber punch, garnished with edible flowers.)