The Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic, the world’s largest annual LGBTQ bartending competition, kicked off at Boxers Chelsea.

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Singer and comedic drag performer, Sherry Vine, looks on as Kayla Hasbrook competes in the 2017 New York Regional Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic Champion at Boxers Chelsea in New York City

Kayla Hasbrook, of ABC Cocina, was named the regional NYC finalist for her winning cocktail, “Cat’s Meow,” featuring Stoli Vodka.

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Kayla Hasbrook’s winning cocktail ‘Cat’s Meow’ is pictured at the 2017 New York Regional Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic

Kayla Hasbrook will represent New York City, and compete at the Grand Finale during Key West Pride 2017. In addition to being named the 2017 Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic Champion, the winner of the final event will ride in the Key West Pride Parade as Honorary Grand Marshall and receive:

  • $12,500 for charity
  • A victory celebration and charity check presentation hosted by Stoli Vodka
  • An all-expense paid exclusive Stoli Vodka destination event
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The Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic judging panel, from left to right, Mark Murphy, Cooper Cheatham, Eric Marcus and Emperor Tree, evaluate contestants on the authenticity, creativity and taste of their original Stoli cocktails

The first Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic was held four years ago and was inspired by the unique legacy of LGBTQ bartenders and the role LGBTQ bars have played in the movement towards equality.

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