Casino Del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center mixologist Aaron DeFeo was crowned Master Mixologist at the inaugural Foodist Awards in Phoenix.

The May 6 competition at the Ritz Carlton-Phoenix pitted mixologists from throughout the state. The Foodist Awards were hosted by the Arizona Restaurant Association and AZ Business Magazine.

This is not the first time DeFeo has made a splash with his cocktailing skills. He’s won a number of local competitions and was a finalist in the 2013 Bombay Sapphire Most Inspired Bartender competition in Las Vegas.

He and his cocktails have been featured nationally in Nightclub & Bar Magazine, Imbibe Magazine,, and numerous online publications, according to a press release.

See the full story and more restaurant and bar news in next Thursday's Caliente.