Get ready for an evening of sizzling showdowns and spirited creativity as Liberty Station American Tavern and Smokehouse at DC Ranch prepares to host the 86’ed Cocktail Competition on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

Celebrating the talent and ingenuity of local cocktail maestros, the competition invites bartenders to showcase their skills in a three-round contest that echoes the rapid-fire pace and inventive twists of a “Chopped”-style competition.

Registration is now open, and bartenders can apply by emailing an original cocktail recipe, a description of the drink, a photo of themselves and the drink, and details about their current workplace to Adam Downey at [email protected].
The competition format will challenge four selected bartenders to craft inventive cocktails using mystery ingredients within a 6-minute timeframe.

The three rounds of the competition will be themed as aperitif, entrée, and dessert.

Judges will score the drinks based on taste, presentation, and creativity. Leading beverage brands Lalo Tequila, Whistle Pig Whiskey, Fernet-Branca, Bacardi, and Liquid Alchemist are sponsoring the event, and representatives from these companies may also serve as rotating guest judges.

In a unique twist, the public is invited to participate in the action. The Scottsdale event will be live streamed at Liberty Station, and guests can redeem a drink ticket at the Fernet booth, sample punches made by the contestants, and vote for their favorite. The bartender who garners the most votes secures a “get out of jail free” card, granting a second chance at the title if they are voted to be “86’ed” in a round.

The victorious mixologist will not only gain bragging rights but will also receive a gift basket with prizes from the event’s sponsors and a $100 gift card to the upcoming Poppy’s Office. Additionally, the winner will be automatically entered into a future 86’ed Cocktail Competition.

The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Liberty Station – DC Ranch, 20825 N. Pima Rd.

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