Make no mistake, the Pink Stiletto is not the kind of cocktail you’d down in the middle of a February blizzard.

With ingredients like pink guava, fresh lime juice, vodka and a splash of St. Germain, this drink screams summer.

Or maybe you’re in a Grizz Fizz kind of mood: Twenty 2 Vodka, lemonade, mint, Champagne and a splash of Chambord.

If you’re feeling all sexy and mysterious, try the Forbidden Mango Tango — a mix of vodka, watermelon liqueur, mango puree and fresh lime.

These are just three of the cocktails that will be available for sampling Friday night during the DivaTini2 Gala at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland.

The event is sponsored by MaineToday Media, which published the spiffy edition of GO that you now are reading online.

The gala, which will begin at 7:30 p.m., is the culmination of six weeks of voting on $5 cocktails at Maine bars and restaurants. The top five vote getters will be serving their original cocktail creations until 9 p.m. at the gala; the winning cocktail will be announced at 10 p.m.

This event may have a girly name, but guys are welcome too. A $20 ticket buys you drinks, appetizers, music and a chance at some door prizes, including a one-hour private session with “spirit messenger” Vicki Monroe. (Although, if you sample enough drinks, the spirits may start talking to you on their own.)

Last year, Pearl Lounge in Portland made the winning cocktail: Mr. Big’s Revenge, a blend of vodka, blackberry and blueberry puree and chai-infused agave nectar.

This year’s finalists are the Blue-Eyed Angel from Bentley’s Saloon in Arundel; the Grizz Fizz from Great Lost Bear in Portland; the Pink Stiletto from Sonny’s in Portland; the Forbidden Mango Tango from Sea Dog Brewing Co. in South Portland; and the Grapefruit Sparkler from the Snow Squall in South Portland.

After the divas at the DivaTini2 Gala have downed enough liquid courage, they can ask one of about a dozen bachelors for a dance. The bachelor dances are $1 per dance or six dances for $5, and the bachelor who scores the most dances gets all the proceeds donated to the charity of his choice.

Did we mention there will be shopping?

Staff Writer Meredith Goad can be contacted at 791-6332 or at:

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