Belvedere Vodka Competition Brings High Stakes To Mixology

by Ross Kenneth Urken · December 15, 2010

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    At yesterday's Belvedere Vodka Bartender's Dream Job Finals, top mixologists vied for the coveted role of Global Brand Ambassador for the vodka company. The day involved  fierce competition, as the drinxperts created original cocktails.

    The dashing and the beautiful had been winnowed down from a large pool that submitted one-minute Facebook videos showcasing their passion for vodka. The company flew eight finalists from around the world to partake in a three-day marathon bar challenge, involving mixing and interviews.

    Though it was dog eat dog on the counter-top, it didn't mean folks couldn't share the love with a little bear hug...

    ...and giddy amplexation.

    Ultimately Allison Dedianko created the winning cocktail, The Silk Thai, She begins her year-long role that furnishes her with a $100,000 contract. Dedianko used to work as a bartender and bar manager at Madam Geneva, a local bar on Bowery.