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Mixology Shakedown 

Where: O Steaks & Seafood, 11 S. Main St., Concord 
When: Monday, June 26, 6 to 9 p.m. 
Cost: $30. Tickets are limited. 
Visit: mixologyshakedown.com




All mixed up
Local bartenders face off in cocktail competition

06/22/17
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 Four New Hampshire bartenders will have a chance to showcase their prowess when the Hippo and West Cork Distillers present the Mixology Shakedown cocktail party and competition on Monday, June 26, at O Steaks & Seafood in Concord. 

Guests can enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, a special West Cork cocktail and cocktail samples while the bartenders mix up their best original cocktail recipes and compete for the title of Mixology Shakedown Champion. 
“These are extremely talented mixologists from really high-end bars and restaurants in our state,” event coordinator Jill Raven said. “There are going to be some really tasty drinks.” 
Competing in the Shakedown will be Andrew Johnson of 815 in Manchester, Jennifer Chipman of La Vista in Lincoln, Elias Kassner of Green Elephant in Portsmouth, and Rachael Jackson of MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar in Nashua. 
The featured bartenders were among 35 bartenders who competed in a preliminary regional competition last month. One winner was selected in each of the four New Hampshire regions: seacoast, central, southern, and northern and lakes. 
At the Shakedown, each bartender will create an original cocktail made with West Cork Bourbon Cask Irish Whiskey and additional spirits, mixers and garnishes of their choice. They will prepare their cocktails in large batches for 150 guests to sample, and individually for a panel of judges consisting of notable people in the local restaurant industry. 
“Judges will judge each cocktail based on four aspects: originality and creativity, taste and flavor profile, visual appeal and presentation, and creative name,” Raven said.
 Bartenders will also have the opportunity to make their cocktails in front of the guests and talk about the restaurants at which they work, the inspiration behind their cocktail recipes and how their cocktails are made. Guests will then vote to determine which bartender is named the People’s Choice winner. 
“It’s a way for there to be involvement from the crowd, too,” Raven said. “Not only can people try the cocktails from each of the finalists, but they’ll be able to vote for their favorite.” 
The winner chosen by the judges will receive a $1,000 Amex gift card and an ad in the Hippo featuring his or her cocktail recipe, a note about the inspiration behind it and information on where people can find it.  





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