Sunday funday? Yes, please. If you're sick of World Cup madness, hie thyself to The Jefferson at their Quill bar for the first of what is to be a semiannual contest. Six top mixologists (from bars like CityZen, PX, Bourbon Steak and Proof) will compete to create the ultimate signature vodka cocktail using sponsor Heavenly Water Vodka.
Seven judges will score each drink according to a list of criteria including creativity, taste and appearance. With egos on the line, incentive to win is sure to run high, supported by a “cocktail” of prizes to include an overnight guest room at The Jefferson, dinner for two in Plume, plus $500 cash. In addition, the winning drink will be featured on the Quill menu for the next two weeks, along with a bio of the bartender behind it.
The event will be open to a small gathering of guests, invited at a cost of $50 per person. From 2-3 p.m., guests will enjoy a sampling of Quill’s own signature cocktails, served in test-tube-sized glasses and accompanied by canapés. Xavier Herit of Daniel New York City will step out of his bartender role to serve as DJ, spinning down-tempo lounge music, and will fill in for a two-hour guest turn behind the bar at Quill.
The competition stage will get underway at 3 p.m., with each bartender given 20 minutes to mix his cocktail and present it to the judges, introduce his establishment, and answer questions from the press. Pre-mixed samples of each drink entry will also be passed among the guests. At 6 p.m., Quill will reopen to the public.