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El Dorado Bartender Challenge is Back

It’s not your typical bar fight when elimination rounds, secret alcoholic ingredients, and bartenders-who-regard-cocktail-making-as-high-art mix for the El Dorado Bartender Challenge.

On Tuesday, Nov. 27 two-time reigning champion Anthony Schmidt (the drink scholar over at Noble Experiment) takes on peers from Seven Grand, Prohibition, El Dorado Cocktail Lounge, Craft & Commerce, The Lion’s Share, Saltbox, and Starlite.


The judges have strong livers (including DiscoverSD’s Michelle Dederko). The pump-the-crowd-up emcee is U-T San Diego’s Chris Cantore. And the craft cocktails are $5 through 9 p.m.


The Bartender Challenge lineup:

Anthony Schmidt (Noble Experiment), Tim Stevens (Seven Grand), Tyler French (Prohibition), Ryan Kuntz (El Dorado Cocktail Lounge), Christian Siglin (Craft & Commerce), Hass Mahmood (Lion’s Share), Pedro Melgar (Saltbox), and Jacqueline Coulon (Starlite).


The winning cocktail from last year's Bartender Challenge: Doblón

1.5 ounce Scotch

1ounce Fino Sherry

3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

3/4 ounce honey syrup (3:1 honey to water)


Preparation: add all ingredients to a shaker can. Briefly shake. Strain into a chilled, ice-filled, rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.


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