Back for it’s 6th year, the highly anticipated Hamilton Cocktail Showcase makes its return to Hamilton. If you’re unfamiliar with the event, the Hamilton Cocktail Showcase provides a platform for industry professionals to showcase crafted cocktails while giving back to the community.
Good vibes, amazing drinks and all for a great cause? You can count me in.
But wait, this year there’s a plot twist! (Every good story has one, we all know that). A new format for the competition and a new venue!
This year, the annual competition and showcase will take place at Hamilton’s Bay City Music Hall.
And what about the competition format?
Let’s just say you’ll get to watch some of the best bartenders in the area go head to head in a round robin competition that showcases what good cocktails and drinks are all about!
Photo Cred: Hamilton Cocktail Showcase
Round 1 of the round robin elimination includes 1 on 1 competitions where bartenders will be given the names of the drinks they’ll be mixing for the judges. It’s up to them to make sure they’re using the right ingredients and parts.
Round 2 is where the stakes increase! During this round, competing bartenders will be asked to create 3 random drinks (from a list of 10) and make their best version of each drink. Winners of round 2 will move on to the final championship round!
The final, championship round is when the tensions are running high and the game faces come out! Competitors will have full reign on the creativity of their drinks, showcasing their talents, knowledge of mixing ingredients together, and their gumption! This round includes 1 secret ingredient and 1 black box spirit. May the best bartender win!
Competitors will be scored and judged by an elite panel of judges across different categories, including (but not limited to): speed, presentation, and of course taste!
Photo Cred: Hamilton Cocktail Showcase | Hibma Photography
The Hamilton Cocktail Showcase will be taking place early Summer 2017. Tickets are starting at $40 (online) which include an evening of entertainment, craft cocktails and awesome door prizes. Show your ticket upon arrival for a complimentary cocktail and enjoy $7 cocktails all night long. Tickets are available here.
So what’re you waiting for? Call your friends, grab your tickets, and watch what some of the best bartenders in the area have waiting for your when you arrive.
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