Winning Cocktail Has a Kick, Dash of Zing

Pinzimini bartender creates Rancho Mirage's 40th anniversary drink



Cameron Robeson (middle, green shirt) from Pinzimini Restaurant at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage created the best cocktail, a Caliente Mirage Margarita, during the April 13 Bartending finals as part of Rancho Mirage's 40th anniversary events. Judges were (from left) Rancho Mirage Mayor Scott Hines, Palm Springs Life Editor Steven Biller and Rancho Mirage resident and actress, Kaye Ballard.

Jim Powers

The first time he tasted the Caliente Mirage Margarita, Cameron Robeson knew this was not your ordinary concoction.

“I was like, ‘Wow, this is something else’,” said Robeson, a bartender at Pinzimini at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage.

So did the judges at last weekend’s Citywide Cocktail competition at The River, which served as a special event in celebration of Rancho Mirage’s 40th anniversary.

Robeson’s Caliente Mirage Margarita was unanimously voted the city’s commemorative cocktail by the judging panel of actress and Rancho Mirage resident Kaye Ballard, Palm Springs Life Editor Steven Biller and Rancho Mirage Mayor Scott Hines.

Robeson, who is originally from Orange County but has lived in the Coachella Valley for 20 years, has bartended at Pinzimini for nearly a year.

He said the drink came as a result of collaboration among the bartenders at the restaurant.

“The idea was passed along between quite a few people,” Robeson said. “It’s almost like a traditional margarita, but with a kick and a zing to it. It’s real tasty.”

The judges had a chance to sample five cocktails in the finals after the bartenders advanced past the first two rounds based on votes cast in a poll on the city’s 40th anniversary website. Each bartender was rewarded $100 for advancing past the first round and $250 for reaching the semifinals.

The rest of the field included Alfredo Gandara with a Mirage Tai from the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa; Ambrose Lopez with a Ginger Mirage from bluEmber; Blake Nightingale with a Tee Time Tini from the Spaghetti Factory, and Marriette Simoni with a Delicious Mirage from Johnny Rockets.

Robeson received $500 for winning, which he will likely share with co-worker Dominic Scoles, whose name appeared in the poll but was unable to attend the finals.

During his presentation, Robeson told the judges the Caliente Mirage Margarita had just recently been rolled out at Pinzimini. The key ingredient was the Tanteo Jalapeño tequila for the “kick” and fresh juice squeezed from a grapefruit as the “zing”.

“We loved the spirit of the event and the competition,” Robeson said. “We wanted to put our thoughts and menu our there. We hope people will come out and enjoy one.”

For information on Rancho Mirage's 40th anniversary and events, visit whereisranchomirage.com.

View a video of Cameron Ambrose making his winning drink.

Rancho Mirage
 
 

Add your comment:
Edit Module
Desert Guide
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Enter to Win a Dinner for 2 During Palm Springs Restaurant Week

Celebrate the Coachella Valley’s bountiful and eclectic cuisine during Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week by entering to win a dinner for two in our Facebook contest.

Colt's Lodge Brings New Life to Palm Springs Accommodation Options

Colt's Lodge, a newly redesigned and renovated 11-room hotel located in Palm Springs' historic Deepwell Estates area, takes advantage of new owners Jon Nelson and Frank Young's design and theater backgrounds to create a fresh, new look.

Madison Rising Sings Red, White & Blue at Agua Caliente Casino Show

Formed in 2011, Madison Rising plays original and cover tunes to generate positive vibes and inspire gratitude for the good ole U.S.A.

Diane Best Helps Desert Town Show Itself at Inaugural Joshua Treenial Event

Joshua Tree's Diane Best will be among 50 artists from 15 countries who will showcase their work in the inaugural Joshua Treenial held at various venues over Memorial Day Weekend.

Witness the Power of Space During Monthly Stargazer Party

If you have not explored the wondrous splendor of space up close, the Astronomical Society of the Desert hosts a monthly “Star Party” for curious stargazers and space aficionados alike.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions + Contests

2014/15 Best of the Best

2014/15 Best of the Best

Palm Springs Life’s annual Best of the Best. Readers tell us who their choice is for the “Best of the Best” of the Coachella Valley in over 40 categories.
GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

Pets on Parade 2015 Photo Contest

Pets on Parade 2015 Photo Contest

Enter your “Cutest Pet” photo in the Pets on Parade 2015 Photo Contest. Online users will be able to like the Cutest Pet photos from six (6) categories.
Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Edit ModuleShow Tags