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SPEED RACK ANNOUNCES THIRD NATIONAL TOUR

 

Country’s Top Female Bartenders Compete in National Speed Bartending Competition, Raising Funds for Breast Cancer Research

 

New York; November 11, 2013 – There’s gonna be a whole lotta shaking going on, thanks to the return of Speed Rack, the national all-female speed-bartending competition that raises money for breast cancer. The third national tour kicks off this December in New York City, followed by stops in Miami; Austin, TX; Seattle; San Francisco; San Diego, CA; Chicago, and Kansas City, MO, before returning to New York for the National Finals in May 2014. To date, Speed Rack has raised more than $150,000 for breast cancer charities and elevated awareness around the bad-ass-ness of female bartenders in America. 

                                                      

Equal parts spectator sport, cocktail bonanza and charity fundraiser, Speed Rack is the brainchild of two of the cocktail world’s leading ladies, Lynnette Marrero and Ivy Mix, who launched the first tour in 2011. “Female bartenders are hardcore! They can make mean Negronis, Clover Clubs and Sazeracs – and they do it fast!,” says Marrero. “And we all stand united in the fight against breast cancer, so bringing these two worlds together makes perfect sense.”

 

The 2013-14 Speed Rack Tour schedule will be:

 

New York City – December 15, 2013

Miami – January 13, 2014

Austin, TX – January 15, 2014

Seattle – February 16, 2014

San Diego, CA – March 2, 2014

San Francisco – March 9, 2014

Chicago – March 30, 2014 (alternate date: April 1, 2014)

Kansas City, MO – April 6, 2014

National Finals, New York City – May 8, 2014

 

Contestants will compete in timed heats to make rounds of cocktails, culled from a list of 50 accepted industry-standard classic recipes, in front of a panel of judges and a crowd of excited viewers. Judges rate each drink based on prep time and accuracy. The judging panel includes such cocktail world luminaries as: Julie Reiner, Dale DeGroff and Audrey Saunders. Miss Speed Rack USA, crowned at the National Finals, wins an all-inclusive trip for two to France and a scholarship to the BAR (Beverage Alcohol Resource) program.

 

Charity beneficiaries to date have included SHARE cancer support, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Susan G Love, The Helen David Foundation and others.

 

Additional information can be found on the Speed Rack website www.speed-rack.com, on Facebook www.facebook/speedrackinfo and on Twitter @speed_rack. Check out the antics at last year’s regional heats by visiting: http://www.speed-rack.com/videos and http://bit.ly/1cIrwLH.

SPONSORS:

National Media Partner (print and digital)

Imbibe Magazine 

Platinum Sponsors

Absolut Vodka

Auchentoshan

Bowmore

Beefeater Gin

Bacardi Rum

Cointreau

Altos Tequila

Plymouth Gin

Four Roses Bourbon

Strongbow

 

Gold Sponsors

Anchor Distilling Company: Hine, Luxardo

Bacardi USA: Benedictine, Drambuie, Martini, St-Germain

Campari America: Women & Whiskies

Heering: Cherry and Coffee

Infinium Spirits

Jameson

Merlet

Xanté

 

Silver Sponsors

Becherovka

ChartreuseDel Maguey

Haus Alpenz

Pernod

Perfect Purée

Perrier

Sandeman Port

Samogon

 

Make up and Hair:

Xanté

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