Destination Irvine coordinated and sponsored a Mixology Event in conjunction with the CalSAE* ELEVATE 2012 Annual Conference on March 29th.

The result - attendees created innovative signature drinks using popular liquors. Extra points were awarded for incorporating ingredients indigenous to Orange County and names indicative of Irvine!

Local bartenders served up the top three cocktails chosen by Destination Irvine to conference attendees who then sampled all of them and voted for their favorite. The top three drinks selected were The OC Irwine, the OC Mojito Spectacular and the non-alcoholic Pink Dog on the Beach.

Mix Bar

Attendees selected the OC Mojito Spectacular as the winner with nearly triple the votes. The winning cocktail includes orange and lime wedges muddled with mint, Angostura Orange Bitters, Bacardi O, Simple Syrup and white soda. All drink recipes can be found at

Barb Swaiman, Sales Manager for The Queen Mary (below right), submitted the winning recipe; she received an Orange County inspired gift basket valued at $150.

Mix Team

In this photo (left to right) Wendy Haase, Destination Irvine, Michelle Carlen, Destination Irvine, Wendy Schuck, Hilton Irvine/OC Airport and Leslie Conrey, Irvine Marriott.