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Can you conjure up Buffalo's new 'signature cocktail'?

Between sailors’ taverns, grain scoopers’ watering holes, and 41 Sabres games a year, the Buffalo waterfront has, historically speaking, seen its share of drinking.

What it hasn’t seen is much care about cocktails, mixed drinks that blend alcohol and more flavorings, drinks meant to be tasted, and even savored. The organizers of Citybration aim to change that, with a competition to create a “signature drink” for Buffalo.

Mixologists are urged to use readily available ingredients and to give the drink a name related to the waterfront. Entries are due by 5 p.m. Friday, through The judging takes place at 7 p.m. Monday, at Canalside’s newly opened Liberty Hound restaurant (1 Naval Park Cove, in the Buffalo Naval Park.)

The cocktail recipe, credited to its author, will be distributed to area restaurants and bars, organizers say. It’ll also be featured during the Citybration Floating Cocktail Party and Boat Parade on June 23.

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