Westin bartender mixes BIG win

Want a great cocktail? Then head straight to Relish Burger Bistro at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali. It’s casual and poolside, and bartender specialist Fred “Freddie” Sconfienza will show you a taste of his winning drinks.

“Freddie was just awarded the title of Star Mixologist for the second consecutive year at the 2014 Starwood Hotels and Resorts sales kickoff,” says Westin Maui’s Director of Public Relations Sumithra Balraj. “More than 2,000 attendees, including resort general managers, directors of sales and marketing and senior leadership from properties and corporate offices of the company’s North America Division attended.”

Sconfienza says three years ago, Starwood added a food and beverage component with the addition of chef and mixologist contests. Five chefs and five mixologists from around the country were finalists.

“We had various booths, and attendees were given poker chips to drop into the box of their favorite drinks and food from the mixologists and chefs,” he says. “The 2,000 people voted, and I won for my Heavenly Star Hokulani.”

Each mixologist had to use Pisco, a clear brandy from Peru. Sconfienza batched his ingredients so 2,000 people could taste it, then squeezed fresh limes and cut and mashed blueberries.

Come to Relish Burger Bistro and sip his his new drink along with last year’s winning Dragonberry Bomb. Savor the new chicken waffle, too. Call 667-2525.