Bartender's Gala

In December of 2013, to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Cocktail Showdown, High Plains Reader, Jade Events and Northwest Beverage joined forces to host a live Mixology Tournament featuring the top 8 competitors from the showdown. These bartenders battled through three grueling rounds of timed, "chopped" format competition. The winner was named the 2013 Cocktail Showdown Mixologist of the Year and received one hell of a prize package. Judges were brought in from all over the country.

The competition

ROUND 1: All eight contestants will be sequestered from the competition floor and required to leave their cell phones with the judges, a colleague, or friend. Each will be brought out individually, shown their “secret ingredient," and given three minutes to execute one cocktail. The top four Scores from Round one will advance to Round 2.

ROUND 2: The remaining four contestants will again be sequestered from the competition floor. Each will be brought out individually, shown their “secret ingredient," and given five minutes to execute one cocktail and one martini OR shot. The top two sores from Round 2 will advance to Round 3, THE FINALS.

ROUND 3, THE FINALS: The two remaining contestants will be sequestered from the competition floor. Each will be brought out individually, shown their “secret ingredient," and given seven minutes to execute one cocktail, one martini OR rhot, and one beer or cider cocktail.