MELBOURNE, Florida -- “The Love Martini” a clear, crisp white cranberry concoction made by The Melting Pot in Viera, was the winner for the second year in a row in the Melbourne Regional Chamber’s “Best Martini on the Melbourne Coast” competition. The honor was bestowed on the restaurant at last week’s Martini & Mistletoe event, sponsored by Twin Rivers Insurance and held at Rosner Chevrolet in Melbourne. The drink also captured the title last year in people’s-choice voting. Fifteen bars and restaurants were vying for the title, which was sponsored by Florida Today.
Also competing were: Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront with the “Dark and Fluffy” marshmallow martini; Rendezvous Restaurant (Holiday Inn Viera) with the “Flor-ange Martini;” Outback Steakhouse with the “Gingerbread Martini;” The Broken Barrel Tavern with “Mint Chocolate Chip;” Atlantic Blue Beach Bar (Hilton Melbourne Beach) with “Lemon Frost;” Uno Chicago Grill with the "Skinny" Blood Orange Cosmo; The Dock at River Rocks Restaurant with “Santa's Sunburn;” Island Pasta & Calilou Tapas Bar with “Naughty and Nice;” Lafitte's (Hilton Melbourne Rialto) with “Rudolph’s Red Nose;” Neptune’s Bar and Grill with the “Greek Goddess;” Runaway Country Music Festival/ Grills Riverside Seafood Restaurant with Runaway's “Just a Kiss;” Longhorn Steakhouse with the “Goldrush” martini; and Victory Casino Cruise Lines with “Kirby’s Blue” martini.
Best-decorated bar honors went to Lafitte’s at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto. About 300 attendees voted for their favorites at the event, which ran from 6 to 9PM. Winning bars each got a $250 cash prize and the best martini winner was given a plaque to display at their bar acknowledging their win. The event featured a buffet, dessert bar and live DJ. Ashes Cigar Tavern offered a special smoking area and discounted rides home were provided by Hollywood Limousine and Taxi.
The Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce was established in 1925 and is a five-star accredited chamber from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber proudly serves the business communities of South Brevard and East Central Florida.