Photos: Absolut cocktail competition packs Revelation Lodge

Bartenders from some of the hippest bars and restaurants in Western Canada came to Revelstoke for to compete for a spot at an international competition in Sweden hosted by Absolut.

Tyler Carroll and Brandon Bourne serve up cocktails at the Absolut Invite cocktail competition on Saturday night. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Some of the top cocktail artists from Western Canada competed on Saturday night at Revelstoke Mountain Resort for a chance to travel to an international contest in Sweden.

From left: Bartending competition organizers: Absolut Western Canada rep Jacob Sweetapple, Absolut Canada rep Ryan Powell, RMR Food & Beverage Manager Christine LeGuilloux, Absolut Eastern Canada rep Jordan Stacey and Absolut global brand ambassador Ricardo Dynan. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

The Absolut Invite competition had select bartenders from B.C. and Alberta serving elaborate cocktail creations to a sold-out crowd at Revelation Lodge.

Revelstoke’s snowboard crowd made up a big chunk of the audience. Competitors in the weekend Trapper Snowboards banked slalom event got tickets to the event as part of their entry package.

They were treated to samples of over a dozen elaborately concocted drinks by top mixologists. The drinks displayed tons of creativity such as infused mousses, accents derived hand-torching wood, and much more.

The team of Alex Carruthers and Brendan Wooldridge of Vancouver restaurant Chambar took home the top prize, and are now headed to Sweden to compete

Alex Carruthers and Brendan Wooldridge of Vancouver restaurant Chambar won the Absolute Invite cocktails contest on Saturday at Revelation Lodge at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. They now advance to international competition in Sweden. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Absolut Canada rep Ryan Powell traveled from Toronto to the competition. He said the resort, which just taken home the Best Ski Resort in Canada prize at the World Ski Awards, was an appealing choice for the company. It’s also a convenient meeting point for the Vancouver- and Calgary-based competitors.

Shane Ely and Amber Campbell of Clough Club in Vancouver serve up cocktails. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

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