The Winner for the Bartender Cocktail of 2022

Spirits Hunters Presents The Winner of our Bartender Cocktail.

In this lovingly and fierce competition, you voted through multiple rounds supporting your bartender’s cocktail creations.

Next Edition: March 1st 2023.


And The Winner for the Bartender Cocktail of 2022 Is…

You might know her as @spidersfrommarz on Instagram! Originally from Portland, Lauren Wahlstrom began her bartending journey in 2012.


Today she is the bartender behind the bar at The Branca Room, an exclusive speakeasy in the heart of Bishop Arts District in Dallas, Texas.

We talked with Lauren after her victory in our Bartender Cocktail of 2022 edition. See what Lauren has to say below.


“The Rosae Crucis” Cocktail by Lauren Wahlstrom

One of the great cocktail recipes she crafts at the Branca Bar. Winner of our Bartender Cocktail contest.

A delicious blend of:

  • Mezcal,
  • Amaro,
  • Turbinado,
  • Lemon,
  • Lavender


Laurent Wahlstrom – Tell us about yourself!

I’m Originally from Portland, Oregon. I began my first bartending gig at The Blue Diamond in Portland, dive by day, jazz club by night in 2012.

I slung a lot of Rum and Cokes before I got my first craft cocktail gig at Quality Bar.

I now call The Branca Room “home” in Dallas, Texas, the brainchild of the exuberant James Slater. It’s a Dallas staple and the best bar manager I’ve ever had.

We are an Amaro bar and creative playground where bartenders get to shine.

Photo: The Branca Room, Dallas, Texas


When I’m not behind the bar…

When I’m not behind the bar at The Branca Room my partner and I are working on our own venture, RAYO the neighborhood cocktail bar we can’t seem to find in Dallas.

My favorite spin

My favorite spin on a classic is a Tequila Manhattan: blanco tequila, substituting cherry heering for sweet vermouth.

My favorite original creation

My favorite original creation is “The Medusa”, a blend of Italian amaros, Fernet, Cachaça and blackberry!




We want to thank all of the participants, for sharing through us your cocktails, recipes, and the bars that you call home. We wish you a 2023 full of new exciting experiences, creations, drinks, and fun ✨

Spirits Hunters is happy to announce that we will be hosting the next edition of Bartender Cocktail 2023:

Deadline: March 1st 2023.

📲 Send in your cocktails and be part of our new tradition!


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