Drink once again hosted Boston’s semi-final round of Appleton’s REMIXOLOGY and boy, was it a fun party.  With rum flowing and tunes playing how can it not be?

This year’s competitors were Stephanie Clarkson (Think Tank), William “English Bill” Codman (Woodward, Ames Hotel) and Sean Frederick (The Citizen).  Each bartender took up the challenge of creating a unique cocktail with Appleton  inspired by a favorite song.  And each approached the performance with energy and individual style—I can’t quite seem to get the image of English Bill having simple syrup poured over him out of my mind.  But in the end only one could be victorious and the winner was Sean Frederick.

Sean really outdid himself in costume, performance (I learned he has some pretty sweet dance moves) and taste, of course.  His first cocktail was Street Meat performed to Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long.”   His choice of music was nostalgic—“All Night Long” was the first piece of music Sean owned and one that he played over and over again on his Fisher Price record player.  Taking inspiration from the Caribbean vibe of Lionel Richie’s tune, his cocktail draws on the spicy and sweet flavors of Jamaican street food—food so delicious, you’ll want to celebrate and dance “All Night Long.”

Street Meat (by Sean Frederick)

2 oz Appleton Estate Reserve rum
½ oz lime juice
½ oz pineapple juice
¼ oz demerara-ginger syrup
¼ oz allspice dram
¼ oz falernum
1 drop chili sauce

Build ingredients, pour over crushed ice in collins glass and swizzle. Float Del Maguey Mezcal Vida on top, garnish with fresh mint and finish with fresh-grated nutmeg.

Sean also dazzled the crowd in head-to-toe Celtics gear (including tear away pants that he tore away!) as he rocked it to Europe’s “Final Count” while shaking a flip that included a stout syrup.  He will soon head off to New York City to compete against finalists from Miami, San Francisco and NYC—show ‘em what Boston’s made of!  Congratulations and Cheers!