Citybration organizer Marti Gorman writes:
More than 50 recipes were submitted to the Citybration Cocktail Contest by the June 15th deadline. The top twelve concoctions will be taste-tested by professional mixologists behind the Liberty Hound bar at 7 pm on Monday, June 18th and the top cocktail will be announced.
The judges, who include John McNeill (Mixology Buffalo), David Kamholz (Brierwood Country Club), Mike Shatzel (Liberty Hound) and Willard Brooks (Gene McCarthy’s), will award points based on taste, ease of preparation, ingredient availability and how cleverly the name reflects the Buffalo Waterfront. They may even share some sips with the audience on the other side of the bar.
Prizes include bragging rights as the creator of Buffalo’s signature cocktail and appropriate gifts for the top three mixologists. The winning cocktail will be featured on the Spirit of Buffalo at the head of the Citybration Floating Cocktail Party & Boat Parade from 6-8 pm on Saturday, June 23rd, and at the pre-parade cocktail parties at the Liberty Hound, Templeton Landing, Gene McCarthy’s and Dug’s Dive.