Reporter names bar manager’s cocktail for contest?

The Hot and Hot Fish Club is a great Birmingham restaurant, and the bar manager there recently won the local round of a contest for inventing an original cocktail.  Feizal Valli, who was born in Nairobi, does not name his wonderful cocktail in the local newspaper article, BUT the Birmingham News staff writer who wrote the article gives it an odd name by using the pronoun IT'S in the wrong place.  Take a look at these two sentences:

Last month, Valli won the Birmingham round of a contest sponsored by Bombay Sapphire Gin and GQ for inventing an original cocktail.  It's called the Nationwide Most Inspired Bartender Search, and the winner last year got a cover on the sponsoring magazine. 

A major rule of good pronoun usage is that the pronoun must refer to the previous noun closest to it.  Here, IT is the pronoun, so it should refer to COCKTAIL.  However, NATIONWIDE MOST INSPIRED BARTENDER SEARCH is the name of the contest, not the name of the cocktail.  The way to correct this is to replace the pronoun with THE CONTEST.

Last month, Valli won the Birmingham round of a contest sponsored by Bombay Sapphire Gin and GQ for inventing an original cocktail.  The contest is called the Nationwide Most Inspired Bartender Search, and the winner last year got a cover on the sponsoring magazine.

In case any of you are interested, this original cocktail contains two ounces of Bombay Sapphire Gin, a half ounce of lime juice, three muddled blackberries, and a half ounce of sumac simple syrup. (Sumac is an herb common in the Middle East.)

 


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One Response to “Reporter names bar manager’s cocktail for contest?”

  1. Mary says:

    Much appreciated for the information and share!

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