Speaking of concert, this Tri-State event featured DJ Cherish the Luv, herself a Cancer survivor, rocking the tunes as guests enjoyed cocktails and product samples on tables throughout the venue.
Format: In each city, 8 ladies are chosen to compete in the semi-final. Round robin, the ladies go on stage two at a time in 4 heats. There are 4 that move on, and again they compete 2 at a time until there are
2 left for the final.
The competitors are given a list of drinks "to know" ahead of time. 4 judges then call out what drink they would like to have with any additional requests. So it can be by drink name or "a low ABV drink using [insert name of spirit and brand]".
The Tri-State Judges were
The judges and two bars were set up on stage and the four drinks (along with the sponsoring brands) requested were featured on jumbo screens.
Judging factors include taste, timing, technique, presentation, etc.
Our friend Becca Pesce, bartender at Dead Rabbit, Angel's Envy Whiskey Guardian, USBGNY member and one of Hazel's "Whiskey Sisters" went up against Samantha Casuga, also of Dead Rabbit and won. However, she dropped against Haley Traub of Dutch Kills.
Final Round: Celeste “Lucky” Dittanmo of Whistle & Tins competed against Haley Traub who ultimately won and will head to the Finals Chicago.
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Cocktail of the Week
For Dry January, our friend, Mimi Burnham, Guest on Bartender Journey No. 161 made a delicious nonalcoholic punch with Perfect Puree ingredients. Perfect Puree makes great pureed products, mostly fruit, which are awesome in cocktails.
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"January Punch" by Mimi Burnham
(Makes ~3.5 Liters of Punch)
Combine lemon juice and sorghum syrup and shake well to thoroughly blend.
Add all ingredients, except for the Ginger beer & seltzer, to a punch bowl and stir to blend.
Add seltzer and ginger beer, and gently stir as to keep some bubbles.
Add ice to chill the punch;
Make an ice ring with rosemary, lemon wheels and fresh cranberries. The aromatics from the ice ring further enhance the punch.
Toast of the Week:
Here’s to God’s first thought, “Man”!
Here’s to God’s second thought, “Woman”!
Second thoughts are always best,
So here’s to Woman!