Bartenders Mix It Up At Cocktail Competition

RENO, NV - "We have unordinary ingredients and i'm an unordinary bar tender," says The Gas Lamp bartender Katherine Dew.

Dew is on a mission to make one mean cocktail and she thinks her combination of Campari and tequila called "No Ordinary Morning" is the winning formula.

"I think it's the best, because it hits all notes of our taste buds," says Dew.

Katherine joined eight other bartenders in a cocktail competition put on by the Reno Chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild to benefit the RAVE Family Center for special needs children.

Manhattan isn't just the name of a drink, it's also the prize the winners will receive for crafting the perfect cocktail. The champs get to go to New York City where they'll get to compete in the national competition.

"The Manhattan Cocktail Classic is a huge, huge event. A ton of different people from all over the world are competing in this thing and it's very difficult," says USBG Reno President Nicole Barker.

"How cool this would be to win. I'm from Long Island, so I've been going back for years and years and to get a free trip home would be awesome," says GSR bartender Claire Berry.

To win and advance, contestants are judged against eachother on taste, aroma, and originality.

"We're looking for people to stretch their bounds of creativity and come up with something that, even if it's a reinterpretation of something we've seen before, they've made it their own," says judge Brian Szatkowski.

Katherine believes her drink is just what the judges ordered.

"It's refreshing and I think it will remind you of being on the beaches in mexico," says Dew.

In the end, the winners were Nicole Barker for the rum round and Illona Martinez for the Campari round.

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