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Competitors pose together at the Light City Baltimore Cocktail Competition at Horseshoe Casino on Monday night. Eric Fooy of B&O American Brasserie (center with headband) won with the Golden Hour.
Competitors pose together at the Light City Baltimore Cocktail Competition at Horseshoe Casino on Monday night. Eric Fooy of B&O American Brasserie (center with headband) won with the Golden Hour. (Becky Stavely / Our Endless Adventure)

Eric Fooy went back-to-back.

On Monday night, the B&O American Brasserie bartender won Light City Baltimore's Cocktail Competition for the second year in a row. This year's winner, which required the use of festival's "official spirit," Sagamore Spirit Straight Rye Whiskey, was the Golden Hour.

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Besides the whiskey, the concoction includes Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, Angostura bitters, lemon juice and orange juice.

Seven judges chose the winner at the private event at Horseshoe Casino's Johnny Sanchez restaurant.

Other contestants included Melissa Ray (Argosy), Shaunt Stewart (Gunther & Co.), Rob Vogel (Ten Ten), Dan Lease (Blue Pit BBQ), Ryan Sparks (Bookmakers Cocktail Club), Sandra Barstow (Baltimore Country Club), Molly McNulty (Cultured), Ashley Wilson (Apropoe's), Charles Douglas (Johnny Sanchez) and Bria Sterling-Wilson (Guy Fieri's Baltimore Kitchen & Bar).

In March 2016, Fooy beat out five other local bartenders in the same competition. His cocktail that year was the electric-blue Glass Slipper, which utilized grapefruit liqueur, lime juice and cardamom bitters.

Light City attendees will be able to purchase the Golden Hour cocktail at this year's festival, which takes place March 31-April 8 along the Inner Harbor.

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