Tahoe Triple Crown of Bartending events to wrap with mysterious mixes
If you go What: Triple Crown of Bartending “Cocktail Concoctions”
When: 12 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23
Where: Steamers Bar & Grill, South Lake Tahoe
Tickets: Free to attend, $10 for tastings
Creativity will be king at the third installment of a bartending competition this weekend in South Lake Tahoe.
Mixing ingenuity has been par for the course for FNCTN and Tahoe Blue Vodka’s Triple Crown of Bartending competitions this summer. The series has included a Bloody Mary competition, along with a speed and style event. Everything from lobster tail garnishes to homemade bacon straws have been a part of cocktails at previous events, said Mike Peron of FNCTN on Wednesday.
Past events included about a dozen bartender competitors and around 150 attendees sipping their creations. Bartenders from around the region, and from as far away as Las Vegas, have taken part in Triple Crown events in the past.
Competitions conclude for the summer with “Cocktail Concoctions” on Sunday, Aug. 23, at Steamers Bar & Grill.
For the final leg of the Triple Crown, bartenders will have access to standard bar ingredients. They will also be given a box of five mystery ingredients at the start of the competition to make a drink with Tahoe Blue Vodka. Each bartender will have 30 minutes create their recipe. Judges will then award points based on taste, originality, presentation and use of surprise ingredients. The more ingredients used from the mystery box, the more points will be awarded, Peron said.
“I’m excited to see what they come up with because we picked out some really surprising ingredients,” he added.
Bartenders’ passion for their work and their knowledge of ingredients have shown through at Triple Crown events, Peron said. Sunday’s event is expected to be the most challenging of the series. The cocktail competition includes a $500 cash purse prize.
Live outdoor music from Davis, Calif., funk band Big Sticky Mess will be part of Sunday’s festivities as well. The band’s sounds is complimented by a unique fashion sense.
“You never know what they’re going to end up wearing onstage, just like the bartenders wont know the ingredients,” Peron said.
A charity raffle at the competition will benefit the League to Save Lake Tahoe.
The event is free and open to all ages, with $10 tastings of 10 drink samples available for attendees 21 and over.
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