The deadline has been extended for the Bartender of the Year competition from Domaine de Canton. To enter, submit a complete application online containing one original cocktail recipe with your name, date of birth, address, employer’s name, employment position and e-mail address. Applications must be submitted no later than midnight on Dec. 1. In creating the recipe, use Domaine de Canton as the base or co-base of the cocktail. Each recipe must include a detailed description of all ingredients, quantities and proportions, techniques used to prepare the cocktail, presentation and glassware. Finals will be held in St. Martin, with the top prize of $10,000. Criteria, etc., can be found here.
The Gran Gala Shakedown results are in, with the winner the Chambeli Cocktail created by Arturo Vera-Felicie from Kansas City, Mo. Vera-Felicie receives a $5,000 American Express gift card and will be included on the renovated Gran Gala website as a featured mixologist. Judges included Robert Plotkin, Sean Ludford, Cheri Loughlin, Angie Jackson, Benjamin Schiller and Jennifer Contraveos. Each cocktail was scored based on taste, originality and ease of preparation. The Chambeli Cocktail calls for 3/4 ounce Gran Gala, 3/4 ounce Aperol, 3/4 ounce dry gin, 2 dashes rhubarb bitters and 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice, shaken and strained into a chilled cocktail glass garnished with an orange twist.
In San Francisco, results will come shortly from the Island Style Shake Up, a partnership of the Hawaii Convention and Visitors Bureau and San Francisco Magazine. Bars Cantina, Hog and Rocks, Otis Lounge, Smuggler’s Cove and the Burritt Room at the Crescent Hotel have all put together cocktail specials featuring the flavors of Hawaii. The competition concludes with Shake it Island Style on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at The Burritt Room with hula dancers, pupu, leis and Island beats with featured bartenders David Jones, Steven Liles, Duggan McDonnell, Christine D’Abrosca and Mike Hicks throwing down. Tickets and info are available here.