Speed Rack Fundraiser to be Held at Drink.well

Jessica Sanders, Drinkwell ownerWhat’s better than a fantastic cocktail? A fantastic cocktail made by an extremely talented female bartender.

On Wednesday, January 15, the top female bartenders in Texas will battle to see who is the best cocktail slinger in Speed Rack, a national cocktail competition. The competition is held in eight major markets in timed round robin style events and judged challenges. The local winners go on to participate in the big momma competition in New York. It’s not only a test of great skill and creativity, but also a fundraiser. Proceeds go to support breast cancer related charities.

To prepare for Wednesday’s event, Dame Jessica Sanders, co-owner of the fantastic Drink.well is holding a fundraiser this Sunday, January 12, from 5 to 11 pm for the Speed Rack competitors. Sanders will be mixing a special menu of Speed Rack cocktails and donating all of her tips plus $1 from every cocktail sold to Speed Rack. The cocktails featured will be selected from the Speed Rack competition set, which includes more than 70 classic cocktails like a Rum Daisy, an Oaxacan Old Fashioned.

Sander’s goal on Sunday is to make all 70 cocktails at least once, ideally in groups of four just like it is done in the competition. Sounds like an excellent way to prep for the competition while raising extra money to fight breast cancer.

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Matt McGinnis

As a marketing strategist for Pen & Tell Us, Matt McGinnis provides marketing, branding and communications counsel to food and beverage as well as other clients globally. He is also an avid beverage enthusiast, chronicling his interests as a Food & Drink contributing writer for CultureMap, as the Food & Drink columnist for Austin Man Magazine, and as a blogger for What Are You Drinking?. He is passionate about the wine industry having previously worked at a winery in Oregon and in wine sales. He has served as Guest Host of Sommelier Cinema at the Alamo Drafthouse, and is a Certified Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. His writing has been recognized as a Top 10 Food Blog by the Austin Chronicle in 2013 and 2014, with a 2011 Texas Social Media Award from the Austin American-Statesman.

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