Cocktail lovers turned out in full force at the Swoop House Tuesday night to support Austin’s finest lady bartenders and to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and research.
To be named "Miss" Speed Rack Austin, teams consisting of one male bartenders in drag and one female bartender as his bar-back competed in a knock down "drag" out fight in quick-cocktailing.
The event served as a lighthearted send off for the women competing in the all-female Speed Rack Texas cocktail competition finals at the San Antonio Cocktail Conference this weekend.
Sofanda Cox (otherwise known as, Matt Ross of La Condesa) took the crown by making a Cutty Sark Rob Roy — a Cabeza tequila margarita, a Brugal rum daiquiri and a Slow and Low on the rocks — in one minute and nine seconds. The first runner up (by only .3 seconds) was Rackie Onassis (sometimes called Chris Bostick, formerly of Los Angeles' renowned Varnish).
Other male competitors who participated in support of their female industry counterparts included:
- Miles Worrell of Contigo Austin, aka Rosie Cheeks
- Mark Kuchesky of Peche, aka Tess Tosterone
- Travis Tober of Four Seasons, aka Na Gnomie
- David Alan of The Tipsy Texan, aka Davida Loca
- Michael Sanders of Drink.Well., aka Rachel Tensions
- Steve Robbins of Contigo, aka Tallulah Tonsils
The women headed to the San Antonio Cocktail Conference include:
- Amber Billiard of Drink.Well
- Rachel DelRocco of Midnight Cowboy
- Joyce Garrison of the W Austin
- Whitney Hobbs of La Condesa
- Karen Kirchem of ACL Live at The Moody Theater
- Madelyn Kay of Haddington’s
- Lana Lindsley of Frank
- Pamela Pritchard of The Tigress
- Tacy Rowland of Drink.Well
- Jessica Sanders, co-owner of Drink.Well
The above expert bartendresses will compete Sunday, January 20 in San Antonio for a spot in the national Speed Rack finals in New York City later this year.
Thirsty? Tickets are available here.