March 3, 2009
Cocktail contest coming to Lounge on 20

Who's got the best cocktail mixing skills in Sacramento? A contest coming to Lounge on 20 (1050 20th St.) on March 18 is seeking to find this answer. Bartenders from a variety of Sacramento establishments and beyond will be competing for bragging rights and a $300 top prize, with $150 going to the runner-up and $50 for third place.

The contest is something of a promotion for Broker's London Dry Gin, and all contestants will create one drink recipe based on this gin brand. Any edible/potable ingredient is fair game for the cocktails, and the mixologists will get 15 minutes of prep time and 15 minutes to make drinks for the judges. Here's the panel to impress:

Darrell Corti (Corti Brothers)
Andy Dawson (Broker's London Dry Gin)
Joe Anthony Savala (Zocalo)
Mike Heller (The Heller Company)

Contestants will be representing such local restaurants and watering holes as Zocalo, Ella Dining Room and Bar, Benny's, GV Hurley - and yes, Lounge on 20.

The March 18 cocktail competition starts at 6 p.m. and cocktail specials will be available. For more information: (916) 443-6620.

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