Leslie Fickling

Leslie Fickling

Tales of the Cocktail is the nation's best-known and most-prestigious drink-industry conference. During the conference, July 17-21 in New Orleans, Stolichnaya Vodka will hold the final round of its Most Original Bartender competition.

This past June, Stoli held a round of semifinals at the Delano's FDR and selected Leslie Fickling as Miami's most-original bartender. Fickling tends bar at the Soho Beach House, Lords and Chalk in Miami Beach. She'll be competing in the finals at Tales on July 18.

It's nice to see some of our female bar talent getting into out-of-town shake-offs. Fickling occasionally flies to Manhattan for cocktail events, but she's a South Beach personality.

Below is the drink that qualified her. It's a simple cocktail you can make at home, as long as you buy yourself some rhubarb bitters.


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Orange and peach explosion
2 ounces Stoli Peachik
3 dashes rhubarb bitters
2 orange slices and lemon slices, muddled
2 pinches of sugar

Shake all ingredients and pour over ice. Top with soda water.