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Camden Harbour Inn bar manager Tom Laslavic won Monday night’s Bartender Bash, the kick-off to Maine Restaurant Week. Laslavic’s drink, Camden Hike, was inspired by ingredients from a summer walk in Mid-coast Maine. The drink comprises a sweet and tart blend of Cold River Vodka, lemon, blueberry puree, blackberry puree, Crème de Cassis, Honey Syrup and Club Soda.

Natalie’s, the inn’s restaurant and lounge, will be serving the winning “Camden Hike” at the inn’s Ice Bar on Thursday and Friday, March 4 and 5 (and Saturday, if the weather permits); open 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. , with  DJ Owen.C will spinning.

The specialty cocktail also will be served for the duration of Restaurant Week, which ends March. 10. Pair it with a selection from the inn’s Restaurant Week menus, $20.10 in the lounge, $40.10 in the dining room.

Rather try it a Camden Hike at home? Here’s the recipe:

Camden Hike
Created by Tom Laslavic of Natalie’s Restaurant

Ingredients
1 1/2 oz. Cold River Vodka
1/2 lemon, squeezed
1 tsp. blueberry puree
1 tsp. blackberry puree
1/4 oz. Creme de Cassis
1/2 oz. honeyClub soda
Fresh berries and thick lemon peel garnish

Mixed and shaken, pour into iced glass topped with cold club soda & garnished with fresh berries and lemon peel.

My suggestion: Enjoy it after, not before, you hike those Camden Hills.