Popular Alibi bartender Scot Newell proved a little imagination is all it takes when he knocked off top bartenders from Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles on Sept. 12 to take top honors at the Palm Springs Cocktail Challenge finals.

Newell bested five South Florida bartenders a month ago to earn the trip to Palm Springs and won the big prize with his signature BLT martini, S’mores shot and “Palm”-egranate Lemonade. Palm Springs “social ambassador,” Bella da Ball was the emcee for the contest, hosted by George Kessinger at his Palm Springs Georgie’s Alibi bar and popular tapas restaurant, Azul.

In addition to the fabulous trip to California, Newell took home more prizes—sorry, no tiara—and is now back behind the bar in Wilton Manors recreating his prizewinning cocktails for the local boys. Congratulations, Scot!