Mixin’ it up at the Four Roses Magic City Cocktail Competition

By Gean Dee
Images by Brian Wong of BW Photography

GEV recently had the pleasure of attending the Semi-Finals of the 2013 Four Roses Bourbon Cocktail Competition created in conjunction with Starz Network for their hit show Magic City to identify the best mixologists across the country. Each Semifinalist took the stage and was judged for presentation, choice of cocktail ingredients to combine with the Four Roses Bourbon, overall taste and lastly their blending and bar skills.

The Judge and Official Timer

Can't touch it! Use of tongs is a must - for everything!

Careful, steady hands...

Because components were neatly displayed at the bar, the blazing music did not distract at all from the skilled preparation of the semi-finalists. We watched with great delight as they played with different garnishes but also took note of the careful presentation of ingredients before meticulously dispensing the finished product – be it measured or free-poured.

Cleanliness and organization are also key factors considered when judging the semi-finalists

Fire and Ice!

Everyone had their own entertaining style of concocting drinks

Presenting the finished product.

Seven ingredients in seven minutes – that’s all it took for them to create a beverage that is worthy to be poured into a glass shaker – and then that all familiar sound of the shaker in use – it is an exciting, mesmerizing sound that signals a concoction only seconds away from being presented for final tasting and scrutiny. Served straight up or on the rocks, the best was definitely yet to come.

The GEV team with some of the semi-finalists

The Four Roses Magic City Cocktail Competition semi-finalists

The winners of round two will be flown to either Miami or Kentucky, (TBD) for the finals (June 9 and 10) where they will create their cocktail for a group of judges using the same criteria as in the Semi-Finals. The grand winner will receive $5,000 and may be invited to attend the Premiere of Season 2 of Magic City – to take place in Miami or Los Angeles. Four Roses Bourbon will cover transportation, accommodations meals.

For more info on the USBG Cocktail Competition, visit usbg.org