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Speed Rack Returns to New York on Fifth National Tour

Serious stirring and shaking is about to happen, thanks to the New York return of Speed Rack, the all-female speed-bartending competition that raises money for breast cancer charities. The fifth national tour will stop in New York on Monday, December 14 from 6–10 pm at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, as it brings together 21 of the best, brightest and fastest female bartenders in the region. To date, Speed Rack has raised more than $350,000 for breast cancer charities in the U.S. and abroad.

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 at Speed Rack New York will feature such leading cocktail-world luminaries as:  Eben Freeman (head of bar operations and beverage development AvroKO Hospitality Group), Johnny Iuzzini (award-winning pastry chef, author and TV personality, Sugar Fueled Inc.), Julie Reiner (owner of Flatiron Lounge, Clover Club and co-owner Leyenda), and Jordana Rothman (food and drink writer, author of TACOS: Recipes and Provocations). Pernod Ricard’s Chris Patino will emcee the proceedings and Tom Johnson will DJ the night away.

Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

With suggested donation, attendees receive cocktails from premium sponsors.


Roxanne River Bockius – Project Parlor

Ranjini Bose – Dear Irving, Seamstress

Celeste Colon – Wicked Wolf Tavern

Amanda Elder – Pouring Ribbons, Mayahuel

Rachel Gerber – Tavern 29

Jen Gordon – Lure Fishbar

Kayla Hasbrook – Pouring Ribbons, ABC Cocina

Lacy Hawkins – Clover Club, The NoMad

Amy Koffsky – Donna, Juno

Lauren McLaughlin – Fresh Kills

Sarah Morrissey – Dear Irving

Amanda de la Nuez – Leyenda

Erika Ordonez – Slowly Shirley, Holiday Cocktail Lounge

Nicole Alexandria Osorio – Tazzina

Tricia Rossiene – Gramercy Terrace

Tess Anne Sawyer – Holiday Cocktail Lounge

Kiersten Schilinski- Gallow Green, The Heath

Brooke Smith – Dead Rabbit

Lissette Tabales – Red Rooster

Mellie Wiersma – Madam Geneva

Anna Wingfield – Mother's Ruin, Ba'sik


Miss Speed Rack New York, as well as her fellow winners from each city from the tour will receive several prizes, including a $500 honorarium toward travel to the National Finals in New York (June 2016) provided by St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur. The grand prize will be announced at the National Finals.

Speed Rack, Inc. was created by nationally acclaimed bartenders and industry ambassadors Lynnette Marrero and Ivy Mix.              

Additional information can be found on the Speed Rack website, on Facebook http://www.facebook/speedrackinfo and on Twitter @speed_rack. 

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