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Cocktail creations for a cause set

Samples of cocktail creations made by local mixologists will be featured at the fifth annual Signature Cocktail Contest hosted by the Barton Foundation, the contest will take place Sept. 24 at Riva Grill from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The mixologists, who many will recognize as area bartenders, will combine Tahoe Vodka, mixers, and creativity to craft concoctions. Attendees then vote for the “Best Cocktail” and “Most Congenial Bartender.” The winning cocktail will be featured at the foundation’s Gala fundraiser in December.

Last year’s “Sierra Sunset,” made by Erick Martinez from Riva Grill, received the most votes by attendees. His first-place mix combined Tahoe Blue Vodka, raspberries, basil, Cointreau, sweet and sour, lemonade and soda water. Heavenly’s Dan Orr created a “Mr. and Mrs. Claus,” and was recognized as “Most Congenial Bartender.”

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Barton Foundation’s community health and wellness grants and programs. Riva Grill will provide appetizers and live music will be performed by Jesse Kalin.

Attendees must be 21 or older. Tickets can be purchased for $35 in advance and $40 on the day of the event. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.festivaloftreeslaketahoe.com/cocktailcontest or call (530) 543-5784. Riva Grill is located at 900 Ski Run Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe.