The Shake it Up! Winner and Even More to Come

Shake It UpAt the NCB Show, the 2011 Shake It Up! Competition, presented by Nightclub & Bar and Southern Wine & Spirits, got down to five finalists in a shake off employing the secret ingredient: lambic beer. Mathias Simonis from Distil in Milwaukee took first prize of $15,000 with his winning recipe, Last Second Sour (Bernheim Wheat Whiskey, fresh lemon juice, Fee Brothers Falernum Syrup, Fee Brothers Cranberry Cocktail Bitters, egg white and Lindemans Framboise Lambic Float). Chris Hopkins, Vesper at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, took second; Tim Tsang from Dugout Bar and Grill in Staten Island, N.Y., took third; Darren West of JG Steakhouse at Aria in Las Vegas fourth; and Allie Persons of Heritage Hotels in Santa Fe, N.M., came in fifth. Best garnish award went to Jeff Josenhans from the Grant Grill restaurant and hotel in San Diego. Bonus: Mathias Simonis is the Nightclub & Bar March Bartender of the Month. Click here to find out more about him and his inspiration for the winning cocktail. 

San Francisco’s H. Joseph Ehrmann took third place in the Bols Around the World cocktail competition held in Amsterdam in late February. This year’s theme was “Mix your way into cocktail heaven,” and H.’s drink, the Friar Serra Flip, included Bols Triple Sec, Dry Sack Sherry, Bols Genever, one egg, Jerry Thomas Bitters, ground cinnamon and Angostura Bitters atomized on the top of the drink in the form of angel’s wings.

Bols Around the World

The National Restaurant Association invites professional mixologists to the Star of the Bar Mixology Competition at the 2011 International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event (IWSB). Finalists compete in Chicago for a $5,000 grand prize May 22-23. The Star of the Bar competition is sponsored by Bacardi. Interested individuals should submit on YouTube a two-minute video of themselves preparing their best signature cocktail by 11:50 p.m. CDT, April 1. The contestant must complete the entry form on and include the original written recipe, using at least one product from the Bacardi portfolio. Voting to select finalists will take place on through Monday, April 11.

Bartender extraordinaire Stanislav Vadrna is asking his fellow bartenders to share with him information “about swizzles, swizzle sticks, swizzling culture, swizzling bartenders, etc.” for his book, “Swizzling Around The World With Aloha - Here And Now.” Vardna asks you "to share your original swizzle recipe with me and also with the whole world - please send me your recipe, preparation of the drink, place and date where it was created, what was your inspiration and story of your swizzle, what type of swizzle stick was used, etc.” Send along with your name, short bio, your photo, web address, to his email [email protected].

G’Vine Gin is hosting its second annual Gin Connoisseur Program – “the quest for the most gifted gin-loving bartender in the world,” as they call it. In addition to challenging bartenders with the basics of hands-on cocktail creation, the GCP also includes academic elements, ancillary events and interactive web components such as an initial online examination process, on-premise cocktail placement and a written examination to test the gin-centric bar smarts of all entrants. Preliminary semi-finals will be held across the UK, the U.S., Canada, Spain and Germany. Register at

Domaine de Canton has selected eight cities for semi-finals in their Bartender of the Year competitions. Top regional mixologists will be asked to show their most creative cocktails using Domaine de Canton in order to determine who will go on to the finals at the La Samanna Luxury Resort and Spa in St. Martin for a chance to win the $10,000 grand prize on June 5-7, 2011. Dates are March 30, Denver; April 4, Boston; April 6, Miami; April 18, Chicago; April 19, Washington D.C.; April 20, New York; April 25, San Francisco; and April 26, Los Angeles. Competition times and venue information to come; for more information or to RSVP, contact Sarah Warner at Jarvis Communications at [email protected]

There's an opening foe a brand ambassador on the east coast for Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum Brand Ambassador. "If you like Old School Americana, spiced rum and hard work" get in touch with Charlotte Voisey - [email protected].

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