Maria Polise of Ela Is The Cochon 555 “Punch Kings” Champ


On June 29, in Denver, bartender Maria Polise of Ela won the Cochon 555 “Punch Kings” competition. She went up against 10 other drink-slingers who’d qualified at the various local Cochon events and, in the end, brought home the golden gloves (which is what they give you when you win–plus a 3-day trip to some heritage BBQ festival) for Philly.

So how did she do it? Apparently by mixing together a whole lot of delicious alcohol, pouring some more alcohol on top and then adding a little alcohol. You can check out her ingredient list for her award winning “Porcine Pick-Me-Up Punch” after the jump.


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  • BWS

    Congrats, Maria. You are f@%$ing awesome!!!!

  • tjt

    Congrats! but it does her drink a disservice to call it alcohol on alcohol on alcohol. Look at the list of ingredients: 4 alcoholic ingredients, a set of spices, a tea, and a classic punch ingredient that isn’t alcoholic. She won, I suspect, by making a well balanced punch, not by just pouring alcohol on alcohol and its kinda disrespectful of cocktail making to describe a punch that way.

    I know it was an attempt to be witty, but it was a miss.

    • variable

      Yeah, Jason’s tone was like really disparaging. Misogynistic even.