Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Bourbon DC Hosts 3rd Annual 'Cocktail Queen Competition' This Sunday

From our friends at the House of Ruth...

3rd Annual 'Cocktail Queen Competition' for a Cause at Bourbon DC, Sunday, March 19th to Raise Funds & Awareness for The House of Ruth

In connection with National Women’s History Month and following the Women’s March on Washington, some of Washington DC’s most lauded ladies in the bar business are lining up to host the 3rd Annual ‘Cocktail Queen Competition’, taking place at Bourbon DC (2321 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009) on Sunday, March 19th. The creative cocktail competition for a cause - open to the public - will kick-off at 8:00 PM with a charge of $10 per person (cash only) being taken at the door. Event-goers will be provided with two drink tickets at the door of which will be good for claiming two sponsored spirit punch options upon entry. Additional beverages will be available for purchase at the bar at Bourbon DC throughout the evening. Door proceeds will go to House of Ruth.

Amy Hosseinnain - Buffalo & Bergen
Amie Ward - R House Baltimore
Renata Solorzano - The Bird
Suzanne Critchlow - The Columbia Room
Eve Maier - Hank's Dupont
Erin Ivey - District Distilling
Morgan Stana – CafĂ© Milano
Kapri Robinson - Dirty Habit

Andrea Tateosian - Urbana DC (2016 Cocktail Queen Winner)
Gina Chersevani - Buffalo & Bergen DC
Pamela Wiznitzer - United States Bartenders Guild National President and Creative Director at Seamstress NY

The cocktail competition will kick-off at 8:00 PM with all eight competitors tasked with making three cocktails in 10 minutes. Although the competition is a timed competition, it is not a speed competition. The first cocktail must feature a classic cocktail - the competitor’s spin on it or the best rendition of the classic cocktail. The second cocktail must showcase an original cocktail so competitors are strongly encouraged to think as far outside the box as possible on this portion of the challenge. And the third and final cocktail must highlight a curveball cocktail, of which competitors will learn more about upon their arrival at the event. Judging from the three notable judges will be based on taste, presentation, and creativity. At around 11:00 PM, the new 2017 Cocktail Queen Competition winner will be announced live and the celebration will be followed by a dance party complete with a DJ around 11:30 PM. The winner will receive a trophy, crown, and an assortment of bar-centric goodies to take home with them.

“The Cocktail Queen Competition came about in order to provide a competitive outlet for women bartenders to showcase their craft, creativity, inspiration, and innovation", said Rachel Sergi, Founder of the Cocktail Queen Competition. “This event brings ladies together in an uplifting and rewarding environment and the charity element applied to this is personal and very important to me.  Helping women is the paramount focus of this competition, both through our bar industry and through alignment with our charity, House of Ruth.”

Founded in 1976, House of Ruth helps women, children, and families in greatest need and with very limited resources build safe, stable lives and achieve their highest potential. At House of Ruth, women, children and families heal from lifetimes of traumatic abuse. Through their 14 programs in Washington, DC, House of Ruth has the ability to assess the capacities and needs of each woman and child, then design and deliver a specialized combination of services to meet their specific needs and build on their strengths. House of Ruth enfold the women and families in an environment that is safe, structured and predictable and where they receive highly responsive and caring attention from the staff. Every year at House of Ruth, more than 1,000 women and children work hard to learn the skills to live independently so they can eliminate homelessness and abuse from their lives. House of Ruth provides housing and services for 63 families and 109 single women; supportive services to 21 families housed in apartments throughout the city; developmental day care to 76 children and supportive services for their parents; and free counseling for more than 400 women a year who are dealing with or recovering from domestic violence. For additional information on House of Ruth, please visit